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6.1. Folders

When you use Mac OS X for any length of time, you encounter certain folders again and again. Your iTunes songs appear in the Music folder; your letters are stored in the Documents folder; the Movies folder holds your iMovie and Final Cut Pro masterpieces; and so on. Well-behaved Mac OS X applications use specific folders to store data because these folders offer a well-organized hierarchy that makes file placement and retrieval more predictable.

From an application's perspective, there are basically two kinds of folders that you need to be aware of:


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