Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm wondering if anyone has any sort of suggestions for working around my current situation. My iPod holds ~27gb of music but i've got near 30gb in iTunes. My laptop's hard drive is ~80gb. I have an external hard drive that hold 120gb, I believe. I have the external set up as my Time Machine back up, but since it's not always plugged in, I just back it up whenever I think to/feel the need. However, space is starting to get tight on my laptop mainly because of my mp3 collection. I'd really like to store it on my external but am not sure how that would work what with my time machine backups taking up so much space. I'd also like the flexibility to change/add new music to my ipod easily. I wouldn't mind having to plug my external in every time I synced my ipod (that would still be preferable to having it hooked up all the time). Any ideas of how I can work with this? I honestly don't use time machine to retrieve lost documents or anything and should something horrible happen the only things I would be heartbroken to lose are my pictures and mp3s and a few odd documents. So disabling time machine wouldn't be a big deal if necessary to store other things on my external.