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How do I change the location of all of my songs in my music folder, and locate all of them using my iTunes? So I won't have to do it, one by one?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2721points) April 24th, 2008

My music files are on my laptop hard drive, and I would like to move them to my external HD and have iTunes play it from that location. How do I do it all at once?!

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kevbo's avatar

If you currently have an iTunes library on your laptop, open iTunes, click “file” then “export library” and export to your external HD.

Next, close iTunes and hold the alt/option key (on a mac) while reopening the application. If you’re using a PC, look up “using multiple libraries” in the help menu to see which key to press. This will open a dialog for you to create a new library or choose a different library. Click “choose library” and navigate to the folder on your external HD.

If your music files are scattered all over the place run a search for the file type(s) and then copy and paste all files to a folder in your external HD. Do the same thing with the iTunes library selection.

Zack_In_Black's avatar

I have the same problem. My dad backed up everything into files and wiped out everything. All my songs from iTunes are gone, they’re all in files. I need an answer too.

kevbo's avatar

What has worked for me on a mac is to just open the files directly. If you can get them all in one spot, select all and then right/option click and select open with iTunes. It should import them into iTunes.

Zack_In_Black's avatar

@kevbo: Thanks, I’ll try that.

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