Store iTunes library in multiple locations

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Dirrrty, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Dirrrty macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
    Hi, I want to know if it's possible to store some of my iTunes library on an external hard drive and the rest on my macbook air. I want the default location to be on the internal storage of the macbook air, but I want to be able to move some things I don't listen to often (ripped from CDs, not from iTunes store) to an external hard drive.

    Also, is there any way when ripping a CD to have them ripped directly to an external hard drive without having to change the default storage location of my whole library? Thanks
  2. bobouches macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    iTunes in multiple locations

    1. Find all of your existing iTunes movies and TV shows and move them to your external drive using Finder. The movies are normally located at /Users/[Your_Username]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Movies and the TV shows are at /Users/[Your_Username]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/TV Shows.
    2. Once these two folders and their contents have been copied to your external drive, launch the iTunes software.
    3. Using the left sidebar, go to the Movies heading. Select all of the items there, right-click, and choose Delete from the menu. First you’ll be asked for confirmation that you want to remove the movies from your library (you do), and then you’ll be asked whether you want to keep the file itself or move it to the trash. Select Move to Trash.
    4. Repeat step 3, this time using the TV Shows heading instead of Movies. Remember, these videos have already been copied to your other drive, so don’t worry about losing them forever.
    5. Now it’s time to re-add the video files back into your library. Open your external drive in Finder and locate the Movies and TV Shows folders you copied at the beginning.
    6. While holding down the Option key, drag the Movies and TV Shows folders from the Finder window to iTunes. Everything should go right back to the way it was with one exception — the video files are now stored on a different disk volume rather than on your Mac. The Option key keeps them there by overriding the iTunes setting which automatically copies files back to the internal disk.
    7. Any time you want to add a new movie or TV show to your library, move it over to the appropriate folder on your external hard drive, hold Option, and drag it to iTunes.

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