I originally used iTunes to manage my music library and it worked. Over the last while I’ve purchased formats that iTunes won’t play (DSD, higher sampling rate files), and I put all of those in a separate set of folders. I use JRiver to play those files or send them to my DS. That worked as long as there was a modest collection of files. Now the stuff-iTunes-won’t-play is getting big & messy.
Sticking it all into iTunes would simplify the database management. The question is, will iTunes do anything damaging to the files it cannot play?