Itunes library to SD card

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  1. drummer5645 macrumors member

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    Simple question if this is the right forum. I am trying not to believe that the only way I can transfer a 30g library of music from Itunes to a sd card in my late 2013 Imac, is song by song.

    I have searched and talked to Apple care support to no avail. I am using the card in lieu of the Itouch in my VW. If reality is going through 1800 songs so be it. Let me know if there is a work around please

    Thanks
     
  2. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    (a) Are all your music files unprotected? (I don't buy music from the iTunes store but I think they've been unprotected for years now). CD rips, and music from Amazon have always been fine.
    (d) All your music is downloaded, right? You're not streaming it?
    (c) Can the audio player in your VW play AAC files? If not, you'll have to convert anything you got from the iTunes store to .mp3. You can find out how to do that by Googling. (Personally, I keep everything as mp3 anyhow).

    If the VW can play AAC then:

    1. Go into iTunes preferences -> Advanced, and make sure 'Keep iTunes Media folder organised' is checked.
    2. In Finder (nit itunes) , go to your home folder and open Music -> Itunes -> iTunes Media -> Music - this should contain all of your music nicely organised in folders.
    3. Copy the whole kaboosh to your SD card.
     
  3. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks luggage. The VW is using Carplay so I will have to check. I have a handfull of purchased itunes
     
  4. Gav2k, Mar 27, 2016
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    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Considered iTunes Match?

    But if not pop your sd card in your Mac and drag (user)>music>iTunes>music Folder to the sd card.

    Yes there will be an issue is you have older iTunes purchased content and file types your head unit won't read (CarPlay makes no difference to this)
     
  5. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Gav. I tried luggage's way. It is AAC compatible. My problem is it total of 30.7g and I have 31.25g available. The SD card says it doesn't have enough space. Any chance to remove album art, looks like cr%& any way??

    Itunes Match? Will google it, You mean Icloud, don't use it and won't
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Not iCloud. iTunes Match. Completely different. Have a Google and look but it's very much data dependant.

    The issue you have space wise can't be solved it's down to formatting etc. You'll have to give up some music to fit it on or purchase a 64gb card
     
  7. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Gav sorry when I looked up match it came back tied to icloud. I will leave the Itouch in its free.

    Anyone have an idea on what the max capacity of total space is available on a new SD. I know it won't take 29g on a 32g card
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It'll be approx 27gb. There are tools to recover some of the space but not much
     
  9. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks again gav, will keep deleting. Itunes does make it easy to do. You should be able to do a ctl delete for multiples
    wow just figure out to do multples od delete. I am an idiot
    --- Post Merged, Mar 28, 2016 ---
    25.8g can move
     
  10. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    You can just drag the whole music folder around like any other folder. You might get under the 32gB if you leave out the podcast and movie subfolders.
    To get it to play off the stick, you'll need to reset the library location by 1) holding down the option key at startup or 2) Changing the "iTunes Media folder location" in iTunes:Advanced Preferences.

    I've found iTunes to be highly prone to choking/crashing when you try to move a lot of songs, say 5000, around by dragging; especially when moving to or from slow storage devices such as sticks.
     
  11. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Basically we reverted to simple. Cut songs by 5.5g and simple Gav's approach. It is transferring as we "talk". We also tested the purchased ones and they work as well, for some reasosn
     
  12. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The drm purchased issue only counts with older purchases. Apple stopped using drm a while back mate.
     
  13. drummer5645 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone, relatively simple thanks to the great suggestions. Other than the hour to transfer, its straightforward
     

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