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Release Mac Space: Move iTunes Library to Other Location

author Carrie Murray
date Monday, February 12, 2018

Mac won't let you store new contents when it is running out of storage space. A full hard disk attributes to the multifarious data types you stored. So it is time to set about dealing with the problem and freeing up your Mac. There are many options you can use to do this. But now, we'll concentrate on the way to move iTunes Library to other locations.

iTunes Library stores many different kinds of media files such as songs, music videos, movies or other items you added to iTunes. Those contents can eat up a large number of storage space on your Mac. You can move your iTunes Library from your old Mac to a new computer or an external hard drive. This post will share the two easy ways: Migration Assistant and iTunes Library transfer tool.

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Method 1: Move Your iTunes Library to A New Computer with Migration Assistant

On a Mac, the feasible way to transfer an iTunes library to a new computer is using the Migration Assistant tool, which allows users to copy different contents such as documents, apps, user accounts and so on easily. It transfers most of the contents very well and will save your time a lot.

Before you can start with the process, you need to:

  1. The Mac you want to copy iTunes Library from (the source Mac) should be in OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.8 or later. But you are advised to update both of your computers to the latest OS version.

  2. The source Mac should have a name and you can go to "Apple menu > System Preferences > Sharing" to check or name it from the Computer Name field.

Name A Mac

Name your old Mac

  1. Make sure both of your computer are connected to a power source.

Now, you can follow the steps below to move your iTunes Library to another Mac.

Step 1: Connect both of your computers to the same local Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: On the Mac you're copying iTunes Library to (the destination Mac), open Finder and go to "Applications > Utilities folder > Migration Assistant" and click "Continue". Then choose "From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk" option on the interface. Click on the "Continue" icon to move on.

Migration Assistant

Choose "From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk" option

Step 3: On a Mac you want to copy iTunes Library from (the source Mac), go to "Applications > Utilities folder > Migration Assistant". Now, we need to choose "To another Mac" and click on the "Continue" button.

Step 4: Go back to the destination Mac, you need to select the source Mac (with a name). Click on the "Continue" button and you will see security code on the interface.

A Code Displays on New Mac

You will see security code on the interface

Step 5: Swift to the source Mac and confirm the code, which should be the same as the one on your destination Mac. Then click "Continue".

Step 6: Now go back to the destination Mac and select the music files you want to transfer. The process may take a while. Please wait patiently.

Method 2: Move iTunes Library to Other Location (External Hard Drive)

The other way you can free up your Mac is to move your iTunes Library to an external hard drive. Now, let's see how to do below:

  1. Purchase an external hard drive. If you already have one, it would be great!

  2. Plug your exteranl hard drive to Your Mac and get it detected.

  3. From the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen, choose "Go > Home > Music > iTunes" in the Finder menu to find out the Mac iTunes Library location.

  4. Go to "iTunes > Preferences > Advanced" and check in the boxes next to "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library".

  5. Then launch iTunes. Go to "File > Library > Organize Library" and choose "Consolidate files".

  6. Now quite iTunes and you can move your iTunes Library to external hard drive.

You can also head to this guide to see more details: How Do I Move My iTunes Library to Another Hard Drive? (opens new window)

Transfer iTunes Library to External Hard Drive

Transfer iTunes Library to exteranl drive

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