iTunes has become an unwieldy media mall with every store you can think of stuffed inside, but no parking. If iTunes doesn’t fit on your Mac’s storage any more then all you need is this clever and useful iTunes utility app.
On Moving iTunes
The main problem with iTunes, besides the fact that is a lumbering, colossal, monster of app devoid of a pleasing personality, is storage.
It doesn’t take long for music, TV shows, movies, Podcasts and the like to take up more space than you have on your Mac.
This problem is especially acute for Mac notebook users with SSD flash storage which tends to be much smaller in size.
Enter TuneSpan, the Mac app that lets you span iTunes library across multiple drives. That’s not the same as simply moving the iTunes library to a larger drive.
First of all, TuneSpan is automatic, so there’s no need to manually move anything. Secondly, TuneSpan lets you keep track of everything in iTunes Library even when stored on multiple storage devices, whether they’re connected to your Mac or not.
Now, down to the basics.
Why do you need TuneSpan? Your Mac is running out of storage and iTunes giant library is one of the reasons. TuneSpan can move all your movies to a different disk. Or, all your Podcasts. Or, music?
Everything is still organized, still accessible, still easily played, but your Mac gets more storage.
How does TuneSpan work? First, it doesn’t delete media files (unless you want them deleted). Instead, it copies everything from your Mac’s storage to a connected device. It doesn’t even alter the iTunes Library, but uses AppleScript to setup track locations.
It all just kind of works. Except.
Except for some specific files that do take up considerable space on your Mac. These include mobile apps, rented iTunes movies, PDFs, ringtones, iTunes LPs, and so on. If your Mac’s storage can’t handle the growing iTunes Library, TuneSpan is an easy way to get a little breathing room.