If you have an iTunes audio library of music, songs, podcasts, ripped CDs, and other media, you may want to gain direct access to those files at various points in time. While you can navigate in the file system of Mac OS or Windows to access the location of the iTunes Library, the iTunes app offers a nice and simple shortcut to immediately jump to the actual audio file of any track in your iTunes library.
Get Quick Access to iTunes Audio Files from iTunes
- Open the iTunes application if you haven’t done so already
- From the iTunes library or a playlist, locate the song or audio track you want to track down the original file for
- Right-click on the audio track in question and choose “Show in Finder”
- iTunes will instantly open the directory containing the selected audio track file within the file system
This feature is available in basically every version of iTunes, it’s probably the fastest possible way to get access to the original audio file (and its parent location) from iTunes.
Essentially this jumps right to the audio track within the file system, which is almost always the default iTunes Library location. Because of how iTunes defaults to arranging audio files, if the track is part of a music album then you’ll be in a directory with all other songs from that album. You can also navigate to the parent directory to access other albums or tracks from that artist.
This is a great trick to use after ripping a CD with iTunes if you want access to the ripped audio files, whether to transfer the files elsewhere, like to a cloud storage platform or to make a backup to an external volume.
Similar features exist elsewhere on the Mac, for example in the Photos app allowing you quick access to the original Photos file on the Mac directly from the application itself, or finding the original item from an alias in the Finder, or even in iTunes if you’re wanting to quickly track down a ringtone file from the app.