This post takes you step-by-step through the process of consolidating your i Tunes library and moving it to an external drive in a way that will preserve your playlists, ratings and other interactions, so you won’t miss a beat.
Apps and media you purchase, along with any files imported to i Tunes and all your interactions are kept in a special folder on your computer.
To rid your Mac of music, you may want to consider i Tunes Match, which allows you to stream and sync your library through the cloud.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to rate songs, you can remove unwanted tunes pretty easily. If you want to find missing album artwork for songs in your library, click File Library and select Get Album Artwork. Sort your songs by name and look for any that are called unknown or untitled.
Now’s the right time to fix yourself a cup of coffee because copying a multi-gigabyte i Tunes library is going to take a while.
Step 13: When the transfer is complete, you need to point i Tunes to the just-copied i Tunes library on the external disk.
But with one-terabyte external hard drives retailing for less than on Amazon, there are no excuses not to spring for external storage to move that humongous i Tunes library of yours on.
i Tunes won’t remove or delete the originals from their original locations nor will it create duplicates of files that are already present in the i Tunes Media folder. Step 10: In the Finder, open the i Tunes folder on your Mac.
If you’re unsure where your i Tunes folder is, launch i Tunes, access Preferences and on the Advanced tab look for the current i Tunes folder location under the i Tunes Media folder location section.
Step 3: Select the Advanced tab in the i Tunes Preferences window.
Step 4: Tick the box next to the option labeled “Copy files to i Tunes Media folder when adding to library”.