iTunes Question

HBDianne

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I downloaded my cd's to my macbook pro and transferred them to my Iphone and I want to take it off the mac and keep it on the phone is this possible? If not how can I download my cd collection to my iphone? Because I have only 11 GB left on my mac.
 

tyke65

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The only way I can think of would be to delete the music from iTunes then reload it but without copying the files to your Mac, ie leaving them on a hdd or whatever. Then load them onto your iPhone. This is just a thought. It may not work.
 

davidmartindale

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Jan 28, 2011
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If you manually manage the music on your iPhone, once you sync it to the phone it will stay on there until it is deleted or the iPhone is erased.

Keep in mind once on the iPhone you cannot transfer the music back to the computer. So make sure to put the music onto an external HDD or something so you don't have to reimport all the cds to the computer
 

wwchris

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Nov 13, 2009
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You could also buy a cheap external hard drive and just move your music library there. Just drag the iTunes folder over to the new drive and then hold option when starting iTunes to select the new location.

To be honest though, might be best to just clean up other files on your mac unless your iTunes library is HUGE. Do a command-f to bring up the find menu and add "file size" as a searchable and then look for files over 50mb. I'll bet you will find a ton of things you can delete that you don't need.

Also, iCloud now lets you optimize mac storage by saving files you haven't used in a long time in the cloud and removing them from your HD. When you need the file, it still shows up, but just downloads when you try to use it. You could turn that on and let it auto-manage space on your hard drive without you having to manually delete files.
 

chscag

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Keep in mind once on the iPhone you cannot transfer the music back to the computer. So make sure to put the music onto an external HDD or something so you don't have to reimport all the cds to the computer
Just a bit of clarification... Third party apps like "iMazing 2" and others allow moving music, videos, iBooks, and other items back on to your Mac or PC. However, you are correct that it can not be done with just iTunes.
 

davidmartindale

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Jan 28, 2011
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Just a bit of clarification... Third party apps like "iMazing 2" and others allow moving music, videos, iBooks, and other items back on to your Mac or PC. However, you are correct that it can not be done with just iTunes.
True, I just tend to go off of what is "officially supported" by Apple
 

Partron22

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2TB for $70.
Get a USB powered HD and copy your music folder over there.
Then you can dump it from your Mac, and still have it.
 
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