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A Demonstration of the Easier Route
Authored by: lullabud on Jan 27, '05 02:16:32PM

No, you're wrong. You don't have to point iTunes to the local files. here is a demonstration...

I have my music folder set in the iTunes prefs to be on an external 1394 drive that I will refer to as the "External Drive". I will call that the "External Music folder." The original Music Folder location in my home folder I will call the "Local Music folder."
I just did this test:

1) Copy a folder from your External Music folder to the Local Music folder.
2) Eject the External Drive and unplug it if possible.
3) Start iTunes and double-click on one of the songs that you just copied to your Local Music folder. It will play fine.
4) Hit CMD-R to reveal the file within your Local Music folder. See? It's there, and the External Drive isn't even plugged in.
5) Plug in your External Drive.
6) Play a song that is not within your Local Music folder, it will play fine.
7) Press CMD-R to reveal the file in your External Music folder.
8) Go into iTunes Prefs -> Advanced and notice that iTunes has the Local Music folder set as the location of the "Music Folder". (Don't change this.)
9) Cancel out of the preferences window and restart iTunes.
10) Go back into iTunes Prefs -> Advanced and you will see that iTunes has set the "Music Folder" location back to your External Music folder automatically.
11) Play the same song you were just playing from your Local Music folder. It will of course play.
12) Press CMD-R to reveal it in your External Music folder.

This demonstration proves that it DOES in fact work, and without some extra applescript to handle it all. Give Apple some credit, they did a great job, better than some of their biggest fans even know. I'm constantly amazed when I find little tricks like this that make things so much easier than I thought they would be.

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A Demonstration of the Easier Route
Authored by: brainsik on Jul 01, '05 03:02:10AM

FWIW, I tested this on iTunes 4.9 (Tiger) and it worked.

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A Demonstration of the Easier Route
Authored by: greenman on Nov 10, '05 10:45:34AM

it doesnt solve the following problem:

after working with the local folder...and adding new tunes to the local folder.....saying the goal is to have ALL your music on the external folder (for backup purposes) .......its not so easy to add all new tunes from the local to the external folder because you dont know them all in your head......apart from the fact that in my external drive there are folders like: 2003, 2004 and then inside drum&bass, soul, house...whileas in itunes there are folders named by artists after i bought songs

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