Consolidating itunes libraries into one
You could delete the original that's outside the i Tunes library, but make sure you've got a backup of the i Tunes one first.Fortunately, backing up your i Tunes library ought to be straightforward.And you do have the great advantage that your most precious storage space, the Mac's boot drive, isn't taken up by hundreds of gigabytes of films and TV.If you've previously taken the time to do this, you can Consolidate just as if your library were on your Mac's internal drive.Yet if you don't check it, you could end up later on restoring an i Tunes backup and discovering that these other files were not copied.So in i Tunes on your Mac, go to the Files menu, choose Library and then Organize Library.Once you've downloaded all your previous purchases, consolidation means making sure that they are all in one place.It means that whatever you or i Tunes has ever done with any of your media, you straighten it out now.
It's not as if we expect the new Music app in Catalina to go wrong.
Your Mac will now show you a list of all the media, of that type, which you own.
There'll be an i Cloud download icon next to each and if you click that, you're done. There's no bulk download and there's no way we can find to automate the process, there is just clicking that download icon over and over.
It's possible, for instance, to have media that is listed in your i Tunes library but actually, physically resides somewhere else.
You should know whether you've ever figured out how to do this or if you've got any such media, but we're talking a decade and a half of using i Tunes, nobody remembers this stuff.Apple keeps everything, all of your media and all of the information about it, in the one i Tunes folder so as long as that's safely backed up, it can be safely restored.