How to only keep iTunes music on external hard drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Kendo, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Since the MacBook Air has limited space as it is, I want to keep my music on an external hard drive. But when I drag my music from the external hard drive into my iTunes library, it seems to copy over onto the hard drive which isn't ideal.

    This doesn't happen on my Windows machine. Is there a setting in OS X that I'm not seeing?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    you have to tell iTunes which location you want your library in. (external hdd in your case)

    Plug your external HDD in

    open iTunes, click iTunes at the top, go to preferences.

    Click on the Advanced tab

    next to iTunes Media Folder Location click change, navigate to your external HDD

    Make sure both boxes (Keep iTunes Folder Organized, and Copy Files to iTunes Folder) are checked

    Click OK
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    What does Copy Files to iTunes Folder do?
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    exactly what it says, copies the music to your iTunes Media Folder so that when you import your music to iTunes it will always be there. You can delete it from the original location after you have imported the music if this box is checked.
  5. macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2011
    Works great for me. I have a network HDD [Seagate GoFlex Home]. 2TB and works great on my home wifi.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    How beautiful, you can serve all PCs with music this way.

    my music library is 5GB so I have no problem keeping it in my local volume
  7. glen e, Nov 13, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011

    macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    where are the tunes located on my MBA that I can eliminate once I've done the above?

    also I watched it copy for a few min, but not long... - how do I verify the tunes moved to my HDD? all I can see on my HDD is a foldr called "auto add to itunes"...only 90K - I have about 16gig in tunes...

    am I missing that all this above is AFTER I copy my itunes folder to the hard drive?

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