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mefromgreenwich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have installed my 2TB time capsule and it is currently performing the full back up. I would like to move my enstire iTunes onto the time capsule and have my mac read iTunes from TC instead of MAC (my MAC keeps filling up and I have to keep deleting movies). How do i do this?

  • 1. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    Gil Ramirez Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    There are a few different ways you can do this, but here's how I do it:


    1. Locate the iTunes folder, usually located in the Music folder under your home folder.

    2. Mount the Time Capsule disk to the desktop by opening a finder window, selecting your Time Capsule from the Shared list on the left, and clicking the disk icon.

    3. Drag your iTunes folder over to the Time Capsule's disk icon on the desktop. This will take a while if you have a lot of content. Might want to plug into an Ethernet connection.

    4. Once the folder has copied over to the Time Capsule, drag the original iTunes folder to the trash

    5. Open up iTunes, it will give you a message saying your library cannot be found and gives you the choice of creating a new one or locating an existing one. Choose Locate an existing one, and browse to the iTunes folder you just copied to your Time Capsule. Select the iTunes Library file.


    Go into iTunes preferences and select Advanced, and make sure the Media Folder location reflects the path to the iTunes Media Folder on the Time Capsule disk, if it doesn't, change it and click OK. Try playing some content to make sure it works. If it does, you can empty the Trash containing your old iTunes folder. I use this method myself, and I've never had any issues with it. One thing to keep in mind is that your Time Capsule drive needs to be mounted when you use iTunes. I find it best to create a startup item in my account under System Preferences.

    Hope this helps!

  • 2. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    mefromgreenwich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think this could be it BUT on step 2, there isnt a disc icon? Instead after i click my time capsule in the shared item, it just has a folder called my time capsule. When opening that it has macbook sebundle. Shold i copy itunes there?

  • 3. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    Gil Ramirez Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Yes, I meant the folder icon. Clicking on the folder icon will mount the disk to your desktop, just copy the iTunes folder there.

  • 4. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    mefromgreenwich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is great and I really appreciate it. Done all. The only bit is where iTunes ask where to find a library. It hasn't. I did the advance settings part and that"s done but need to pint the iTunes library to Time Capsule. Without it asking me which library how can i point it?

  • 5. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    mefromgreenwich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually i worked it out. Hold option and open iTunes. Thank you so much! This was a huge help

  • 6. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    jceaves Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This solution simply does not work.  When one carries out the steps specified by Gil Ramirez, it is possible to:

    1. move the iTunes media folder and
    2. it is also possible to delete the original iTunes folder


    However, if iTunes is closed and then reopened, iTunes does not ask you where to find the library.  Instead, it will create a new iTunes folder on your computer, negating all of the work you just did (no matter how many time you repeat these steps). 


    Specifically, what happens:

    1. after the new iTunes folder is created, it will no longer list the time capsule as the media folder in iTunes preferences
    2. you will scream at your computer and the Apple development team (oooh, heresy?)


    I've redirected iTunes to use the time capsule as the media folder 10 times, possibly more, over the past year, and the only reason I keep trying to use iTunes is because I have a Sonos system connected to it and requiring a network storage disk for Sono to be able to access household music.


    No matter how many times one assigns a new media folder on a time capsule within iTunes, if iTunes is closed or the computer is shut down and then restarted, iTunes will fail to reconnect with and recognize the time capsule and will create a new iTunes folder on the computer.  There appears to be no way around this.  It is extremely frustrating. 

  • 7. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    Gil Ramirez Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Thank you for posting this message, as I realized I forgot to include a step. After you have moved the iTunes library over to the Time Capsule, quit iTunes. Then, open iTunes again while holding the Option key. A dialog box will come up giving you the option to locate a library. From there, select the library on your Time Capsule.


    You should only need to do this once. From now on, iTunes will automatically load the library from your Time Capsule.

  • 8. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    Foot3591 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    If you are moving the "library" to the time capsule that is what is causing the problem of itunes recreating the folder everytime.  You only want to move the media folder to time capsule.  Those are he actual music, video etc files that itunes ues.  The "library" is nothing more than the index cards that tells itunes where to find the media file, plus it contatins the other file information such as artwork, times played, etc.


    Leave the library right where it is, move then delete just the media file.  Then go into itunes preferences, advanced, and browse for the new media file.  Close and reopen itunes, i quareentee it will find the files.


    I have done this for months, have two macs with separate libraries accessing the same media files on the time capsule.  Works like a charm.  If I buy someting from itunes both libraries are updated and can access the same purchase so long as sharing is turned on. If you add something manually the you have to do it again on the second machine.  Just make sure oneof them has the copy files unchecked under advanced, otherwise you will end of with two copis of the file, wasteing a lot of space.  Essentially you have identical libraries on two macs just with a different identificaton number wih allows the two libraries to access the same mdia files at the same time.

  • 9. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    eduldem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I just got a TC and I want to do exactly what you did. I have two macs and I want to have the same music in both of my libraries but I want the music files to be on the TC so I don't waste my macs' memory space. Currently, both of my libraries are empty so I have to start from scratch. What's the best way to accomplish what you did??

  • 10. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    tincha Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Thank for the tip. Would this be a better way to move the media folder to the TC?:


    http://www.apple.com/itunes/inside-itunes/2011/02/how-to-move-your-itunes-librar y-to-another-hard-drive.html

  • 11. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    It's only cheaper, but easier to simply use iTunes Match here....


    A TC costs you minimum 100$ a year on average, while Match does what you want & more for just 25$.

  • 12. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    sparkylulu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Two questions:

    I use tc this way and point my MacBook to it to play my music. Mor often than not I have to reset iTunes as it defaults to the iTunes folder. Have you had this problem?


    Secondly, I do not have iTunes match. Can I point it to the tc and have it match from there?



  • 13. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    81macman81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thx for the extra step about holding option key down while opening Itunes.  I was already doing everything else, but when i read your post that fixed my problem of having to identify itunes library all the time.  Thanks again for your advice - people like me actually do read these forums to solve problems - kudos to you



  • 14. Re: Using Time Capsule for iTunes
    KenZakreski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I would like to try playing music from the TC but using a iOS device and locate it at my stereo in the living room.


    Can I play the TC music library from a iOS device (like ipod gen4)?


    Can I remote control that iOS device from my desktop or iPhone using the Apple Remote app?



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