Moving Your iTunes Library in Mac OS X


hello and welcome to this video on how to move your iTunes library as you know as you collect your music collection it will get bigger and bigger consume more more hard drive space as a result may find you need to move it
to a different disk to free up some space In this video I am going to move to my data from my mac. to an external hard drive Its not difficult at all it just takes a couple of steps. To move your itunes library first make sure you close itunes. this makes sure iTunes doesn’t save something as you copy them. Locate the itunes library files. this is usually in your user area folder, under music Now once you have selected the itunes library. All the files and photos iTunes likes to generate Find the area you want to copy it to. In my case an external hard drive. Select all the files of command a and copy them across Depending on how big your library is, this may take some time. Once Finder has finished copying across your files we can now tell iTunes were this new library is. So we need to open iTunes, but we need to hold down the alt key as you click on the dock icon this can be done from the applications folder
as well now a dialog box for says choose your itunes library. you create a new library or choose your library. We can choose the library that we just moved. so now when you hit choose library, a new finder window will open Within this we will select our backup drive then we will select our music once we have done that we will hit the open button and the itunes library will have changed now when we go to itunes preferences and select the advanced tab we notice that the volume has changed this time to
my backup drive it doesn’t take that long to actually change it over the longest part was actually doing the copying of the files Moving your itunes library isn’t that difficult i’ve moved mine numerous times If you have enjoyed this video, please subscribe

9 thoughts on “Moving Your iTunes Library in Mac OS X

  1. Thanks for the video… So if I am to copy the lib to my external…and I need to free up space… I need to then DELETE my library that is on my computer right??? You mention copying the library, but never mention deleting the original copy on the computer. Thanks for your help.

  2. Perfectly Done!!! Thank you for posting this video, just upgraded from a mid 2010 MacbookPro running OS X 10.6.8 to a newer mid 2012 MacbookPro running OS X 10.8.5. I was close to pulling my hair out until I found your video. I normally just copied my iTunes files and launch iTunes, but your holding of the ALT key then launching iTunes and choosing which library was the savior!!! Many Thanks Again!!!

  3. Beautiful! Awesome – yours was the most straightforward how-to video I found for exactly what I needed. I had just upgraded to a new SSD drive for my Mac Pro and needed my iTunes library back to the way it was, but on the new drive. The holding down the option key while opening up iTunes was the key to it.
    Thanks very much for posting!!

  4. This doesn't work from what I can see.  After you do the move, and re-open on the new location, my files are still pointing back to the main hard disc.  Right click any song and make sure it really moved—because mine didn't.  

  5. I moved my iTunes library and all my music to a 128gb sandisk 3.0 thumb drive I keep getting error (-54) I'm running windows 10 but on a Acer cloud book (32gb max)I've tried everything to correct this but can't.. any suggestions would be appreciated

  6. Do you have to then delete the old iTunes files in its original location on the Mac ? As transferred iTunes to a new usb location but there are still lots of iTunes files on the Mac hard drive taking up space.

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