How to Change iTunes Library Location in Windows 10

The iTunes library does not really have a practical size limit. As long as you guys have space on your drive, then you can keep adding media files. We are going to discuss How to Change iTunes Library Location in Windows 10.

That is not entirely a good thing actually. If you guys are not paying attention, then your iTunes library can instantly take up more than its fair share of drive space actually. Well, moving your iTunes library from its original location to another internal or external drive can actually free up some room. It can also provide you more space in order to grow your collection.

How to Change iTunes Library Location in Windows 10

Whenever you install iTunes for Windows, by default the Library location is in your local My Music folder actually. If you guys want to save space on your hard drive. Then you need to change the location to an external or network drive.

  • First, from the menu bar, just tap on Edit >> Preferences.
  • Then on a Mac, head to iTunes >> Preferences.
  • The Preferences window then comes up. Tap on the Advanced icon and next to the iTunes Media Folder Location field and then tap Change.
  • Now choose the location that you want to make the new library location. There I’m choosing the music folder from my home server. However, you can select any location you want as well.
  • Now, any media that I buy from the iTunes store will be placed in the network location. I also have to copy all of my songs over to iTunes as well. In order to do this, just open the music directory, tap on [Ctrl][A] on the keyboard in order to highlight all music folders. Then drag them to iTunes as well.

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  • Now, you have to wait when your songs copy over.

how to change itunes library location

  • All done. Now the iTunes music library has been transferred from the new location as well.

If you guys have a lot of music in your collection. Then changing the library location to an external or network drive, actually saves a lot of space on your local drive.

How to move your iTunes library to an external hard drive

Before you guys start: Back up your Mac

Before you make any major changes to your computer, it’s always a good idea to back up your data actually. The best way to back up your Mac is with a Time Machine routine in place, however, you can select an alternate backup option that’s right for you.

What you will need

You guys will, of course, need the computer your iTunes library is currently on actually. You will also need the following things:

  • An external hard drive (and power source, if applicable)
  • A USB cable to connect the hard drive to your original Mac
  • A power source for your original Mac
  • If you are moving to a new computer, then your new Mac (and its power cable)

Consolidate your library

Over time, it’s really easy for your music, movies, apps, and many other iTunes content in order to end up saved in many places throughout your computer’s hard drive. In order to make sure that you copy everything from iTunes over to an external hard drive. Then you should first consolidate your library as well. Even if you guys think your library has all of your information consolidated already. Then it can’t hurt to do a manual check before moving any data as well.

  • Open iTunes on your Mac.
  • Tap on File in the upper left corner of your Mac’s screen.
  • Then hover your cursor over Library in the dropdown menu as well.
  • Choose Organize Library from the secondary menu.
  • Now hover your cursor over Library in the dropdown menu.
  • Then choose Organize Library from the secondary menu.

This process basically makes a copy of all files in the iTunes media folder and leaves the original files in their current location as well.

Transfer your iTunes Library to an external hard drive

  • First, you have to quit iTunes.
  • Then connect your external hard drive to your computer via a USB cable.
  • Tap on Finder in order to open a Finder window.
  • Choose your Mac’s hard drive.
  • Tap on the Music folder.
  • Then choose iTunes and drag it to the external hard drive.
  • Now tap on Authenticate when prompted in order to give permission to move the iTunes folder.
  • Then enter your administrator password.
  • Finally, tap OK.

This process could take upwards of an hour or two, relying on how much data saved in your iTunes library.

Redirect iTunes to the new location

When you guys have transferred a copy of your iTunes library onto an external hard drive. Then you will need to set a new path for the iTunes app through redirecting it to search the external hard drive for content. Instead of your local drive actually.

  • Open the iTunes and hold down the Option Key at the same time.
  • Tap on Choose Library whenever the window appears.
  • Choose your external hard drive under Devices in the Finder sidebar as well.
  • Tap on iTunes.
  • Then tap on Open.

Note: Until you guys delete the iTunes file on your local hard drive. You can switch which libraries iTunes uses through opening the app and holding down the Option key at the same time actually.

Ensure it worked

If you guys performed the first three steps correctly, then whenever you open iTunes, it should look the same as it did before actually. You can also double-check in order to make sure the migration worked through checking the info of any content as well.

  • Open iTunes.
  • Choose a song, podcast, movie, app, or any other content.
  • Then tight-tap or Control-click on the song.
  • Choose Get Info from the drop-down menu.
  • Then tap on the File tab in the info window.
  • Now look under Location to make sure that the content is now being saved under /Volumes/external hard drive name/… rather than Users/local hard drive name/

Remove the old iTunes library | how to change iTunes library location

When you have transferred a copy of your iTunes library onto an external hard drive and also redirected iTunes to the new location. Then you can delete the iTunes folder on your local hard drive, which results in freeing up space on your Mac.

Note: If you guys are making a copy in order to transfer to a new computer. Then you do not need to perform step 5 unless you want to delete your iTunes library from the old computer too.

  • You need to quit iTunes.
  • Tap on Finder in order to open a Finder window.
  • Choose your Mac’s hard drive.
  • Tap on the Music folder.
  • Choose iTunes and then drag it to the trash.

 

how to change itunes library location

Make sure your external hard drive is connected to your Mac whenever you open iTunes from now on. Otherwise, iTunes won’t be able to find the files actually. If that happens, then you have to quit iTunes, connect your external hard drive to your computer, and also reopen iTunes.

[optional]: Transfer your iTunes library to a new Mac

When you have your iTunes library on an external hard drive, then you can also relocate it to a new Mac.

  • First, quit iTunes on your new Mac.
  • Now connect your external hard drive to your new Mac via a USB cable.
  • Open the external hard drive when it appears on your new Mac’s screen as well.
  • Tap on Finder on your new Mac in order to open a Finder window.
  • Choose your new Mac’s hard drive.
  • Tap on the Music folder.
  • Now drag the iTunes folder from your external hard drive into the Music folder on your new Mac as well.
  • Open iTunes and then hold down the Option Key at the same time.
  • Tap on Choose Library whenever the window appears.
  • Choose your local hard drive under Devices in the Finder sidebar.
  • Tap on the Music folder.
  • Then click on iTunes.
  • At last, tap on Open.

Conclusion

Alright, folks, I hope you like this “how to change iTunes library location” article and understand now. If you have any issues and queries related to it, just comment down and let us know.

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