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bsinclair

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I recently purchased a MacBook Pro for the purpose of using ITunes. I have a very large music collection, approx 1.5T of storage, It seems I can't get ITunes to source the songs from the external hard drive instead it saves the music on the Macintosh HD then sources the music from it. The Macintosh HD is obviously not capable. Previously I was able to achieve sourcing the music from an external hd using a Microsoft based computer.

Am I doing something wrong, or are my expectations using Apple products too high.

Your assistance gratefully appreciated.
 

kenrivers

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You can change where iTunes stores the music by moving the iTunes library to a different drive.
The following link should be able to help you understand how to move the music library to an external drive:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/02/03/how-to-move-your-macs-itunes-library-onto-an-external-drive

"Moving Your iTunes Library to an External Drive
To free up space on your computer or make a backup, just follow these simple steps within the most current version of iTunes:

Under the main iTunes Menu, go to Preferences and select Advanced.Make sure both these boxes are checked: "Keep iTunes Media Folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library."
In this same panel, click “Change” under "iTunes Media Folder Location" and navigate to the new drive such as Backup Plus and the folder you want to move your iTunes data to. Click “OK.”
Under the File menu, select Library, then Organize Library. Now check the "Consolidate Files" box, and click “OK.”
Done! Your existing iTunes Library has been moved to the new drive and any new music, videos, or whatever you load into iTunes will be downloaded to the new drive as well.

You can go back to step #2 to change where your iTunes Library is stored at any time, whether to your computer or a different external drive."

Source:http://www.seagate.com/do-more/how-to-move-your-itunes-library-to-an-external-drive-master-dm/
 

kenrivers

Splendid
Moderator
You can change where iTunes stores the music by moving the iTunes library to a different drive.
The following link should be able to help you understand how to move the music library to an external drive:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/02/03/how-to-move-your-macs-itunes-library-onto-an-external-drive

"Moving Your iTunes Library to an External Drive
To free up space on your computer or make a backup, just follow these simple steps within the most current version of iTunes:

Under the main iTunes Menu, go to Preferences and select Advanced.Make sure both these boxes are checked: "Keep iTunes Media Folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library."
In this same panel, click “Change” under "iTunes Media Folder Location" and navigate to the new drive such as Backup Plus and the folder you want to move your iTunes data to. Click “OK.”
Under the File menu, select Library, then Organize Library. Now check the "Consolidate Files" box, and click “OK.”
Done! Your existing iTunes Library has been moved to the new drive and any new music, videos, or whatever you load into iTunes will be downloaded to the new drive as well.

You can go back to step #2 to change where your iTunes Library is stored at any time, whether to your computer or a different external drive."

Source:http://www.seagate.com/do-more/how-to-move-your-itunes-library-to-an-external-drive-master-dm/
 
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