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ehraihcn 07-18-2013 09:00 PM

Moving the iTunes folder? Please help???
Hi. Basically, I'm trying to move all of my music onto one external HD.

Details: I'm on an '09 macbook pro, with the newest OS (lion?) and the newest version of itunes. Originally, I was just putting music on my computer as most people do. Eventually, I bought an external hard drive for school and started putting additional music on it as well. However, the external started having some connection issues so I've recently bought a new one....

So now, I would love to move all the music (both from the computer itself and from the dying external) onto the new external in such a way that itunes will recognize it.

As of right now, i've physically copied and pasted all of the music files from both the computer and old external onto the new external, which I now know is different from what apple recommends. However, if I go back and do what apple says to do (moving the itunes folder and "consolidating" the library files), I get this lovely error message about 5 min. into the copying saying that the location is a file, not a folder? (idk)

Please help?!?! This is a major headache and I just wanna listen to some music :)

ehraihcn 07-18-2013 10:55 PM

Well, both... the folder on my mac is the folder that itunes automatically made and organized, while the folder on my old external is just a folder of lots of music (organized by artist and album, like the itunes folder).

ehraihcn 07-18-2013 11:32 PM

I think it's working! Starting up itunes while holding down option seemed to do the trick. I can't know for sure, as I'm still copying over the 4700 songs from my old external, but I think it's going to be fine :) Thanks for your help!! And just out of curiosity; is it ok (will my computer get all buggy) if I delete most of the music library that was previously on my computer to make more space (now that it's moved onto the external), but maintain a small selection of songs on my computer, so that I have something to listen to if I don't have my external with me at the moment?

Also, will newly downloaded albums and podcasts from the itunes store be put onto the external, now that it's considered the library?

Thanks so much ^_^

ehraihcn 07-19-2013 12:11 AM

Ok, so now there is actually a problem... I had dragged the files from the old external into the open itunes page so that they would be copied over into the itunes library...but then I got an error message saying "the iTunes Library file cannot be saved. You do not have enough access privileges for this operation". What does that mean? I'm the administrator and only user of this computer, so I can't imagine not having access... and when I click OK, it just pops up again in a few seconds.

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