How can I Move some tracks/artists to another Folder using Itunes?

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    How can I Move some tracks/artists to another Folder using Itunes?

    I have read all about moving my entire itunes library to an external HD using the "consolidate library" function
    and I have read all about importing NEW tracks into a new folder by unchecking the "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" box
    I have not yet heard of a way to split an itunes library between an internal and external HD by moving certain artists/tracks from the default Itunes library folder to a new folder on my HD. If possible I would like to do this without losing my playlists/playcount/etc for the tracks that I would be moving.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    * The reason why I would like to do this is that my laptop's C drive is almost full. Therefore I need to free up some space by removing some music from it. BUT I would like to still have access to SOME of my music library when I am using the laptop away from the external HD (not connected to an external HD)

    Thank you
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    You could move some of your folders (say, "Compilations") to an external HD and replace the original folder with a symbolic link to its new location, so iTunes won't know the difference.

    There are several threads about this option in this forum. I'd like to add, though, that I never got those links to work properly on my MBP. Maybe I was just doing something wrong, who knows. :confused:

    [edit] Wait, "laptop's C drive"? What OS are you using - OSX or Windows?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    thanks for the suggestion C-row ...
    I am running Itunes on a PC ... hence the "C" drive
    Do you know if I can I still apply the symbolic link idea on a PC?
    Do you remember where the thread/s was about this?
    Thanks again
  4. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You should move all music to external, otherwise it gets confusing.

    Bus-powered external harddrive are cheap.

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