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You may have heard of symlinks, or symbolic links, before, but weren't quite sure what they're good for. Symlinks are kind of like a wormhole in your filesystem--they're placeholders on the drive that redirect applications to whatever folder or file you point them at. They're especially handy when an application, like iTunes, doesn't allow you to configure the location it expects to find your music. So, instead of moving all your music to the folder that iTunes wants, you can simply create a symlink from the folder that iTunes expects to the folder that you prefer to store your music in. To your programs, a symlink is indistinguishable from the actual files in question. Symlinks work best in Windows Vista and Windows 7 (OSX also includes symlinks, but we'll talk about them later).