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Moving music to a NAS

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Lucorr Calculating status...
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Jan 16, 2013 10:53 AM

How do I transfer my iTunes (v11) music from my Mac to the new NAS?



I copied the folder "iTunes Music" to the shared directory "iTunes" on the NAS (Synology), and all the music files (part AAS, part MP3, part Wav).

Now I do I get iTunes on the Mac to keep the rating and playlists but point to the NAS for the actual music?



Do I need to move also the library files to the NAS (the .xml ; .ltdb ; .itl and the artwork folder?)


I've tried the instructions found somehwere on apple support, but I am confused as some commands seems not to be there (maybe refer to older versions), other refers to keys not on the keyboard ("options"key) . I tried through preferences - advanced by selecting the newly created iTunes Music folder but checking in iTunes on Get Info the songs were still mapped to the Mac drive.

MacBook Pro
  • safari rss Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to Lucorr)

    You are going to want to keep the iTunes folder on your local disk (in the Music folder).  Just move the "iTunes Media" folder to the NAS location. When it is transferred over, open iTunes and, in the menubar, click iTunes then click Preferences. Under the Advanced tab, you will find something called "iTunes Media folder location", with a path, and a "Change" button to the right of it. Click the change button and navigate to the new location of the iTunes Media folder. Click Open, then click Okay.

  • safari rss Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
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    Jan 17, 2013 9:56 AM (in response to Lucorr)

    On my Mac I have the iTunes media folder on an external drive with the library still in the iTunes folder on my Mac. This allows you to still view your library and change song metadata without having the external drive connected.


    For a step by step guide on how to move your iTunes Media folder to a different directory than your iTunes folder, see this article:


    To access your iTunes library on your AppleTV, iTunes must be running on your Mac (although iTunes does not need to be the sole application running). Streaming systems may offer the ability to connect to your media directly through the NAS, although the metadata attached to the files through iTunes (playcount, rating, etc.) will not be found by simply browsing the iTunes Media folder.

  • Adam1964 Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 6:02 AM (in response to Lucorr)

    Hi Lucorr,




    The NAS has a build-in iTunes Server, so there should be a way for the iPad to pick this up...


    I have installed the 8Player app, which is OK, but it's not as nice as the standard music app...


    Let's share idea's. Thx !

  • asheen levrai Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 7:48 AM (in response to Lucorr)



    The methods described here are suitable for external USB drives, however they are not optimal when using a NAS.

    When one uses these methods, only 1 client can access the library at a time. If the library is stored on a NAS, and if a second client want to access it by defining the path to the NAS as its iTunes library, an error message will popup.


    There should be a better way to share an iTunes library among multiple clients on a NAS.




  • Bryn Jones Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:33 PM (in response to asheen levrai)

    Hi Asheen


    I have a sucessful setup which I have used for a couple of years as follows:


    Qnap TS210 NAS with a shared folder "Music" for example which stores all music. Music management is handled by TwonkyMedia Sever as a pkg on the NAS. This setup allows multiple simultaneous access for example by the Home Cinema and my iPad2 (app PlugPlayer) both playing different tracks. Not tried a 3rd stream !!!


    I also have an identical set of music tracks on my Mac located in the iTunes folder where I manage tagging and album art with Swinsian. Once I am satisfied with the tracks/albums I sync the local music folder with the NAS. I only use iTunes to manage the iPad but with Music sync set to manual. This method lets me have music in most areas and avoids problems with iTunes music library when not connected to the NAS. As a small aside Swinsian embeds album art (like MediaMonkey for Win users) in the tag/file, rather than in a separate folder in iTunes, which guarantees I get album art on to the iPad Music App.


    The one problem I have still solve is how to prepare a playlist for the NAS otherwise all is working fine.


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