If you have hundreds upon hundreds of songs in your iTunes* library, plus videos, movies, and e-books, you may find that the original hard drive you downloaded all this to is starting to fill up. Moving (or just backing up) all that data may seem difficult, but it can be pretty fast. And you can even turn a drive full of music into a server to stream tunes to all the computers and devices in your household.
Moving Your iTunes Library to an External Drive
To free up space on your computer or make a backup, just follow these simple steps within the most current version of iTunes:
- Under the main iTunes Menu, go to Preferences and select Advanced.Make sure both these boxes are checked: "Keep iTunes Media Folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library."
- In this same panel, click “Change” under "iTunes Media Folder Location" and navigate to the new drive such as Backup Plus and the folder you want to move your iTunes data to. Click “OK.”
- Under the File menu, select Library, then Organize Library. Now check the "Consolidate Files" box, and click “OK.”
Done! Your existing iTunes Library has been moved to the new drive and any new music, videos, or whatever you load into iTunes will be downloaded to the new drive as well.
You can go back to step #2 to change where your iTunes Library is stored at any time, whether to your computer or a different external drive.
Creating a Home Music Server
If you have a lot of digital music and you want to be able to listen to it from any computer or device around your home, you may want to set up a music server. This is easier than it sounds – essentially you copy all your music to one large computer that can stream the music files to your other devices.
One of the best tools to accomplish this is a network-attached storage device such as Seagate® Personal Cloud Home Media Storage. You can move all your music (or videos, movies, and other files) to one of these drives and stream the tunes via Wi-Fi to whatever device you choose.
Manage Your Digital Library With the Seagate® Media App
If you move your music, videos, movies, and documents onto a Seagate Wireless Plus or Seagate Central device, you can easily manage your digital library with the Seagate® Media App.This free app is available for your smartphone or tablet and automatically organizes your files so you can enjoy them at home or on the go.
Learn more about the Media app and download it here.
—By Trystan L. Bass
*Note: iTunes is an Apple product. For help using iTunes, please see Apple support.