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HT1449 Why can't I just move the entire iTunes folder?

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Jesse Jackson1 Calculating status...
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Nov 29, 2012 8:20 PM

In reference to the linked article above, why can't I just move the entire iTunes folder and create an alias where it used to be ~/Music/iTunes instead of that tedious process?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)

    You can do that. You can copy the entire Music folder and create an alias for where it normally belongs. However, OS X will not allow you to delete the entire Music folder without a little extra work:


    Copy the /Home/Music/ folder to the desired new location. Create an alias to the new location and put the alias in the /Home/ folder. You will now have a "Music" and a "Music alias" in your /Home/ folder. Open the Terminal in the Utilities folder. At the prompt enter:


    sudo rm -rf ~/Music


    Press RETURN. Enter your admin password when prompted (it will not be echoed) then press RETURN again. The old Music folder should disappear. Now rename the "Music alias" folder to "Music".

    iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), MPro, MBPs, MBs, iPods, iPads, ATV
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)

    See other posts about this topic.  iTunes is pretty good at not being fooled by aliases and symbolic links.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)

    Since iTunes is pretty much all that's in the Music folder, then why not move the entire folder? Aliasing it will work for everything in the folder.


    Nevertheless, you can do the same thing for just the iTunes folder if you wish. Same procedure.


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