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    How to Move iTunes Music onto my USB Drive
    How to move my iTunes music on to my USB drive...how do i go about this...i dont want the whole library so im not going to export it...someone please help!! And i want the music to also stay on my hp and be on my macbook.

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    You just want to copy some of the music files onto it? Then just go to Music > iTunes > iTunes Music ....and select the albums/songs you want to copy and put them on the USB drive.

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    Keeping your iTunes collection on an external

    The following assumes you want to keep all your iTunes music and movies on an external disk and ensure new music is always stored on the external drive.

    First, you need to consolidate your iTunes Library to a folder you have chosen of the external drive.

    Select the command consolidate library from the Advanced Menu. This will copy all your itunes media to the external folder and link the itunes library file to it

    The files will now be on the external while the library.xml file (the index as it were) will still be in the Users > Me > Music folder of your mac.

    If you want this file on the external as well as well, copy it to external iTunes folder, start itunes with the alt key pressed and you will have the option to select the library file now on the external



    Select the library file you just copied and now both your music and the library are on the external

    You can now delete the old Itunes folder off your mac

    You can also use the choose library dialogue to switch between a large music collection on the external and a smaller music folder on the mac if you wish

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    louishen,

    I am switching this from an HP pavilion to my new MacBook...does this matter or your instructions stay the same?

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    You may be best using the consolidate command from the HP

    You will need to move the library file and link to it as well, I think the key for that is Shift on windows

    Once the library and xml file are on that external, you can point the mac to the external library.xml file with the alt key on the mac.

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    ok thanks to everyone

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    easy way to copy itunes apple music songs to usb
    Quote Originally Posted by Bman View Post
    How to move my iTunes music on to my USB drive...how do i go about this...i dont want the whole library so im not going to export it...someone please help!! And i want the music to also stay on my hp and be on my macbook.
    If you are also looking for the way to transfer the Apple Music offline songs to USB drive, this article will help you: http://www.tuneskit.com/apple-music-...ic-to-usb.html

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    A warm welcome to Mac-Forums.

    Thank you for your contribution. Maybe you hadn't realised that this thread is 8 years old, so I guess the problem was solved

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    Thanks Ian. We refer to those threads as "Zombie" threads. (Awaken from the dead.)

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    When first time I started using Mac Pro I was also having the similar kind of problems but I took the help of Apple forum and other relevant sources to the best solution.

    Here are some guides about how to move itunes music onto usb drive.
    https://www.imobie.com/support/trans...lash-drive.htm
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3631435?tstart=0

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    Hey,

    Sorry to border you but, could you explain to me how I move an audio file (music) from my mac to a external disk?
    Because I've tried in several ways but I couldn't do it. If you could help me I would be very thankful.

    Best regards,

    Guilh33rm3

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    I'm a bit confused here. Are you moving a single file or or your iTunes library.

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    I have my music in a folder on my desktop, and I've tried to drag and drop it on my external disk but it doesn't work. It's a lot of music, not just one.

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    How is the external disk formatted? It sounds like the disk is formatted as NTFS, which Macs can not write to natively. Is there any data on the drive your need to keep? If so, copy it to your Mac, then go to Applications > Utilities, and open Disk Utility. Select the drive to be formatted, and then select "Erase". If the external disk is going to be used between Windows. OS and Mac OS computers, you will want to make the format type either FAT or exFAT. The main difference between FAT and exFAT, is that exFAT will allow file sizes larger than 4gb and FAT will not. After the erase has completed, you will be able to copy the files on to the drive.
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    Thank you for your answer. I'll try that!

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