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Multiple locations easy but tedious
Authored by: chancer on Sep 13, '06 09:35:15AM

"At the very least, it would be nice if we could select different locations for our music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks in the prefs"

I agree! Of course if you keep "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" unchecked all the time, you can store stuff wherever you want. However, I usually like iTunes to organize and rename folders and files for me.

Here's how you can get that lovely organization but still store stuff where you want, if you don't mind spending the time:

1. Copy the media files you want to move from the iTunes Music folder to the desired new location.
2. In iTunes, delete those file listings. Tell iTunes to move the files to the trash.
3. Open iTunes Preferences, Advanced pane, General tab. Uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library."
4. Drag the files from their new location to the iTunes icon, or alternatively, from iTunes, go to File -> Open to add them to the library. The files will remain in their new, separate location, yet be listed in the iTunes library.
5. If desired, recheck "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" in iTunes Preferences.
6. Every time you want to add new files to iTunes but store them outside the iTunes Music folder, you'll have to go through this tedious rigmarole again.

There you go. The partition where I was storing all my iTunes content was filling up. I now have most of my music on a separate partition on my main drive, my Christmas music on an external drive, and my movies and videos in my Movies folder. They are all listed in iTunes.

I still hope for true multiple libraries someday.



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Multiple locations easy but tedious
Authored by: xianman on Sep 13, '06 12:02:40PM
There you go. The partition where I was storing all my iTunes content was filling up. I now have most of my music on a separate partition on my main drive, my Christmas music on an external drive, and my movies and videos in my Movies folder. They are all listed in iTunes.
One of the main reasons I would like true multiple libraries is that if one of the hard drives that contain one of my libraries isn't mounted, its contents won't show up in iTunes. Basically I would like external hard drives to act like big iPods - plug one in that contains an iTunes library and it shows up in the sidebar as its own device.

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