Where do you keep your iTunes library?

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  1. wayland1985 macrumors 6502

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    Just out of curiosity, who keeps their iTunes library on their computer??

    My entire library is kept on my external HD, and I stream it to my computer over my Airport Extreme base station. I have a 180gb internal HD in my MBP, and a 30GB song database.... I feel like it's a big chunk of my storage, and since I'm a frequent track-skipper... I think it's less wear-and-tear on my internal HD...

    But the lag of the external HD has me re-thinking what I'm up to...

    So where's your music library???
     
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  4. OhNo789 macrumors newbie

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    I used to have my library on an external before I got my laptop and never had much of a lagging issue even with movies, and I have a fairly large library. Now it is on the internal, and the movies are on an external. It was just too impractical, because I like to play my music through my computer wherever I go.
     
  5. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    I have about 35 gigs of music and I keep it all internal. It is just easier since I use my macbook out of the house a lot. My movie collection is mostly on external though.
     
  6. Orange Gringo macrumors newbie

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    I do what you do, but since I switched to a Seagate, the lag is not so bad.

    Curious what you do to backup yours. I have a thread about backing up under this setup, and I don't have a good answer.
     
  7. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I keep my whole iTunes in my internal 750GB.

    My music is about 13GB.

    I have copies of my iTunes on 2 DVDs, an external hard drive, a NAS drive, and my Time Machine.

    As well as on my other computer :D
     
  8. Razeus macrumors 601

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    On my Macbook, I've installed a 500GB drive so I keep my library on it internally. I used to keep all my music on an external, but I like being able to sit on the porch, on my coach, lunch break, school and be able to mess with my library, store and playlists. Of course, I back it all up to an external manually, and also backup using Time Machine. With 150GB of music, I can't affords to lose my stuff.
     
  9. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Internal, except for movies which are on a Seagate 1TB Firewire External Drive.
     
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  13. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    On my internal 250GB HDD... Startin' to fill up though.
     
  14. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    Internal but on separate machines - one has classical, one has operas, one has everything else. It works OK for me. I load different iPods up from those machines.

    The "everything else" library is on my main machine, currently a blackjack. It collects my podcast subscriptions and audiobook purchases as well.

    I keep a fairly small selection from that machine on my MBA, which I use every day too. Usually what's on the MBA is stuff I recently bought, and a few playlists of favorites from different genres.

    Movies and TV shows I just store on external drives, and when I want to reload one of my iPods I just fish out what I want and load it on the machine I'm going to load the pod from.

    So really most of the TV / movies don't even have a library associated with them. Project for a rainy day I guess, now that iTunes supports alternate libraries with the option-open command.
     
  15. kkamin macrumors member

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    How do you split it up like that? Keeping music on internal and movies on external?
     
  16. randy98mtu macrumors 65816

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    I was all on my iMac's 640 GB. I'm under 100 GB free on that, so I'm going to relocate TV Shows to a 500 GB MyBook external.
     
  17. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    160 GB of music on my Macbooks 500 GB hard drive, and manual backups to an external. I lost more than 100 GB of music once. Not happening again.
     
  18. ryanide macrumors 6502

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    on separate drive, separate folders

    I have a 1TB drive just for media inside my Mac Pro (since it holds 4 drives).
    iTunes Music in one folder 130GB and iTunes Media (for TV shows and Movies) in a separate folder 287GB. In the iTunes Music folder there is an alias to the iTunes Media folder so that iTunes can find the movies correctly.

    I found that having separate folders for the Music & Media helps make backups easier to separate smaller drives. Sure would be great if iTunes preferences allowed you to set a location for these different media types, such as a folder for Music, Movies, Podcasts, TV shows.

    Also, iTunes should have a Vault style backup system like Aperture. Right now I have 3 scheduled backups, one for Music, one for Media and another for the Library which is stored in the User>Home>Music folder.
     
  19. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    On my MacBook's internal drive, and in a SuperDuper backup on an external drive. Once I replace the desktop that acts as a Linux file server with one that supports more drives, I'll keep a copy there as well.
     
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    On a concatenated 1.25TB volume on a G4 in my server closet (pantry). It's being backed up via Time Machine across the network to a 2TB striped volume on another G4 in the same closet.

    I then connect to the library and the back up drive across the network from yet another G4 and a Mini hooked up to my TV in the living room.

    This way, I end up with one iTunes library and one Time Machine volume across my entire network.
     
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    I keep my music and movies on the internal, but I keep TV Shows on an external.
     
  24. Oshin macrumors newbie

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    I came up with an interesting solution when my internal drive filled up. I got a 320gb external drive for graduation, and I created two library files. I backed up all my music and movies on the external drive, around 20gb, then I made another library on the internal drive to keep the music I listen to about 90% of the time. I don' always keep my MBP hooked up to the external drive, so I will still have my favorite music whenever I'm on the laptop.
     

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