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Can iTunes library be on time capsule connected external hard drive?

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vincas Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Aug 23, 2011 10:43 AM

Hello,

 

I have a large iTunes library on my iMac with a time capsule used for backups. I am considering selling the iMac and buying a mac book air to replace it, but my iTunes library would not fit on the new laptop's hard drive. Is it possible to have my iTunes library on an external hard drive connected to my time capusle that would be available to al my macs via home sharing (?) ?

 

Thanks for any information!  : )

 

Vincent

3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 2 GHz Intel Core Duo MacBook; iPhone 2G, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,580 points)

    It's not recommended to use the Time Capsule for anything else but backups, because Time Machine and iTunes would fight for space. But you could connect an additional hard drive to the Time Capsule and put your Music Library there.

  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)

    vincas wrote:

     

    Is it possible to have my iTunes library on an external hard drive connected to my time capusle that would be available to al my macs via home sharing (?) ?

     

    yes.

     

    but do it properly:

     

    copy the entire iTunes folder (not just the iTunes music or media folder) from <MacintoshHD>/users/<yourname>/music on your Mac to the external.

     

    then, launch iTunes while holding the option (⌥) key, click on choose library when prompted, and select the iTunes folder on the external.

     

    when done, be sure the external is mounted on your desktop before launching iTunes.

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    It's not recommended to use the Time Capsule for anything else but backups, because Time Machine and iTunes would fight for space.

     

    you can create a "fixed-size" sparse disk image on the TC's disk for use with other data. time machine will only use up as much space as is left on TC.

  • thanos206 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Create an alias of iTunes and place it on the network drive. Then drag that alias to the dock so when iTunes launches the drive has to mount if it is not already. I find this trick really helpfull and i wanted to share it with you.

  • Zarquon42 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Jolly Giant wrote:

     

    vincas wrote:

     

    Is it possible to have my iTunes library on an external hard drive connected to my time capusle that would be available to al my macs via home sharing (?) ?

     

    yes.

     

    but do it properly:

     

    copy the entire iTunes folder (not just the iTunes music or media folder) from <MacintoshHD>/users/<yourname>/music on your Mac to the external.

     

    then, launch iTunes while holding the option (⌥) key, click on choose library when prompted, and select the iTunes folder on the external.

     

    when done, be sure the external is mounted on your desktop before launching iTunes.

     

    What are the benefits of doing it this way? If you want to use the same library on multiple computers, this seems great. But if each user wants to make his own playlists, etc., then I don't see the point of doing it this way.

  • jessetest Calculating status...

    smart idea thano206 i tried a portable hd and always forgot to turn it on and ended up with multiple itunes libraries frustrating.

  • KennyLV Calculating status...

    A very good tip, Thank you so much. It solved a problem that I had...

     

    I have my iTunes library stored on an external hard drive attached to my TC. When I opened iTunes, all of my songs would have an error symbol (exclamation point ) next to it. I could double-click on the songs and iTunes would play them after several seconds while iTunes attempted to find the song. This would require me to double-click everysong I wanted to listen to one at a time. Very frustrating. This work-around has fixed that issue without fail so far. Obviously, the other set-backs of having your library on an external drive are still present, but the saving of hard drive space on my Macbook Pro is well worth it. My music, movies, and pics come to about 90GBs and I only have the 121GB SSD in my MBP.

     

    I haven't found any down-sides to this work-around, so use it if it will help you. Thanks again for sharing it thanos206.

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