Move iTunes library files to another location?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jeffrey Kaplan, May 15, 2009.

  1. Using iTunes 8 in Vista.

    I want to move iTunes' library/data files to another location. Note
    that I am NOT referring to the media files, those are already on the
    other location and iTunes sees them just fine.

    I'm talking about the data files like album art, and the itl, itdb and
    xml database files. These are currently on the internal hard drive and
    I want iTunes to access them from an external/portable drive instead.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    Double ROT13 encoded for your protection

    "Oh... oh no. Drall give Zathras list of things not to say, this was
    one of them. No, umm... not good. Not supposed to mention one, or
    The One, or... you never heard that." (Zathras, B5 "War Without End,
    Pt. 1")
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 15, 2009
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  2. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > Using iTunes 8 in Vista.
    >
    > I want to move iTunes' library/data files to another location. Note
    > that I am NOT referring to the media files, those are already on the
    > other location and iTunes sees them just fine.
    >
    > I'm talking about the data files like album art, and the itl, itdb and
    > xml database files. These are currently on the internal hard drive and
    > I want iTunes to access them from an external/portable drive instead.


    drag the itunes library folder to wherever you want, launch itunes and
    then point it to the new location (preferences, advanced tab).
    alternately, launch itunes with the alt key down and choose the new
    location that way.

    once you are satisfied that it's working properly, delete the original.
    if it doesn't work, you can switch back.

    however, it might be a little more involved if the library file has
    relative paths (not sure if it does on windows).
     
    nospam, May 15, 2009
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  3. Previously on misc.phone.mobile.iphone, nospam said:

    > > I'm talking about the data files like album art, and the itl, itdb and
    > > xml database files. These are currently on the internal hard drive and
    > > I want iTunes to access them from an external/portable drive instead.

    >
    > drag the itunes library folder to wherever you want, launch itunes and
    > then point it to the new location (preferences, advanced tab).


    That only changes where the media files go, not the library/data files.
    It's the library/data files I want to move.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    Double ROT13 encoded for your protection

    Peter's Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord, #67.
    No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards will be
    instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction as a full-
    scale emergency.
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 15, 2009
    #3
  4. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > > > I'm talking about the data files like album art, and the itl, itdb and
    > > > xml database files. These are currently on the internal hard drive and
    > > > I want iTunes to access them from an external/portable drive instead.

    > >
    > > drag the itunes library folder to wherever you want, launch itunes and
    > > then point it to the new location (preferences, advanced tab).

    >
    > That only changes where the media files go, not the library/data files.
    > It's the library/data files I want to move.


    the library folder contains those files. you said the music is already
    in a different location.
     
    nospam, May 15, 2009
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  5. Jeffrey Kaplan

    Larry Guest

    Jeffrey Kaplan <> wrote in
    news::

    > It's the library/data files I want to move.
    >
    > --
    > Jeffrey Kaplan


    Bluetooth pair tablet to device files are located on...or...Plug in USB
    cable between both....

    Open File Manager and select file system of other device....

    Highlight the files you want one at a time or the whole directory...

    DRAG file stack to one of the memory cards in the directory you want to
    put the files...

    Lift stylus and Linux copies files highlighted to new directory on cards
    in couple of minutes....

    Boot one of the plethora of players installed...

    Player autosearches and displays all files on all locations...

    Press PLAY button to start playing without some asshole nanny company
    telling you what you CAN and CAN'T do...

    Why do you guys put up with that shit?!....?????

    ===================================================================

    2 more iPhone converts, today! I was watching YouTube videos using new
    @Scene YouTube interface at iHop:

    http://maemo.org/downloads/product/OS2008/digiaatscene/

    http://www.digia.com/C2256FEF0043E9C1/0/405001939

    http://www.digia.com/C2256FEF0043E9C1/0/405001937

    Digia didn't get anybody's "permission" to develop the new browser or
    YouTube player....They just went off crazy and done it. Maemo Linux
    users are very greatful for the fantastic software, not terrified like
    iPhone users brainwashed that new software will turn their boxes into a
    useless brick. It will even upload YouTube videos directly from the
    little Linux tablet out in the boondocks via sellphone data links, even
    from my various video cameras, whos memory cards I've plugged into the
    tablet's external card slot or with the USB cable directly. How cool is
    that?!

    Thank you, Digia! - Thank you, Nokia!......(c;]
     
    Larry, May 15, 2009
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  6. Previously on misc.phone.mobile.iphone, nospam said:

    > In article <>, Jeffrey
    > Kaplan <> wrote:
    >
    > > > > I'm talking about the data files like album art, and the itl, itdb and
    > > > > xml database files. These are currently on the internal hard drive and
    > > > > I want iTunes to access them from an external/portable drive instead.
    > > >
    > > > drag the itunes library folder to wherever you want, launch itunes and
    > > > then point it to the new location (preferences, advanced tab).

    > >
    > > That only changes where the media files go, not the library/data files.
    > > It's the library/data files I want to move.

    >
    > the library folder contains those files.
    > you said the music is already
    > in a different location.


    My iTunes library/database files are in the iTunes default location on
    the internal hard drive. My media files are on an external portable
    hard drive. I want the library/database files on the external portable
    with the media files.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    Double ROT13 encoded for your protection

    Peter's Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord, #67.
    No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards will be
    instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction as a full-
    scale emergency.
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 15, 2009
    #6
  7. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > My iTunes library/database files are in the iTunes default location on
    > the internal hard drive. My media files are on an external portable
    > hard drive. I want the library/database files on the external portable
    > with the media files.


    quit itunes, copy the library/database files to wherever you want,
    launch itunes with the alt key down and point itunes to the new
    location. once you're satisfied everything works, delete the original
    library/database folder (or keep it as a backup).

    since the location of the music didn't change, relative paths shouldn't
    be an issue, but i mention that as a possible gotcha.
     
    nospam, May 15, 2009
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  8. Previously on misc.phone.mobile.iphone, nospam said:

    > quit itunes, copy the library/database files to wherever you want,
    > launch itunes with the alt key down and point itunes to the new
    > location. once you're satisfied everything works, delete the original
    > library/database folder (or keep it as a backup).
    >
    > since the location of the music didn't change, relative paths shouldn't
    > be an issue, but i mention that as a possible gotcha.


    Didn't work. When I entered the location of the data files directory
    into the Start In field, saved the changes and then start iTunes, it
    ignored it and recreated a default data set in the default location.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    The from userid is killfiled Send personal mail to gordol

    "Including Turkey in the EU would prove that Europe is not the
    exclusive club of a single religion." - George W. Bush, on admitting
    Turkey into the European Union, Jun, 2004
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 16, 2009
    #8
  9. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > > quit itunes, copy the library/database files to wherever you want,
    > > launch itunes with the alt key down and point itunes to the new
    > > location. once you're satisfied everything works, delete the original
    > > library/database folder (or keep it as a backup).
    > >
    > > since the location of the music didn't change, relative paths shouldn't
    > > be an issue, but i mention that as a possible gotcha.

    >
    > Didn't work. When I entered the location of the data files directory
    > into the Start In field, saved the changes and then start iTunes, it
    > ignored it and recreated a default data set in the default location.


    turns out it's the shift key. usually alt=option but i guess not in
    this case.

    you should get a dialogue that looks like this:
    <http://www.ilounge.com/assets/images/articles_transferring/4.jpg>
    click choose library and point it to the new location.

    here's some more info:
    <http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-l
    ibrary-to-a-new-hard-drive>
     
    nospam, May 16, 2009
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  10. Previously on misc.phone.mobile.iphone, nospam said:

    > > Didn't work. When I entered the location of the data files directory
    > > into the Start In field, saved the changes and then start iTunes, it
    > > ignored it and recreated a default data set in the default location.

    >
    > turns out it's the shift key. usually alt=option but i guess not in
    > this case.


    Shift-click didn't do anything at all.

    > you should get a dialogue that looks like this:
    > <http://www.ilounge.com/assets/images/articles_transferring/4.jpg>
    > click choose library and point it to the new location.


    Nope, I do not get that dialog.

    > here's some more info:
    > <http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-library-to-a-new-hard-drive>


    Those instructions do nothing on this computer.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    The from userid is killfiled Send personal mail to gordol

    "Including Turkey in the EU would prove that Europe is not the
    exclusive club of a single religion." - George W. Bush, on admitting
    Turkey into the European Union, Jun, 2004
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 17, 2009
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  11. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > > > Didn't work. When I entered the location of the data files directory
    > > > into the Start In field, saved the changes and then start iTunes, it
    > > > ignored it and recreated a default data set in the default location.

    > >
    > > turns out it's the shift key. usually alt=option but i guess not in
    > > this case.

    >
    > Shift-click didn't do anything at all.


    it's not shift-click, it's launch itunes with the shift key down and
    hold the shift key down until the dialogue appears.
     
    nospam, May 18, 2009
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  12. Previously on misc.phone.mobile.iphone, nospam said:

    > > Shift-click didn't do anything at all.

    >
    > it's not shift-click, it's launch itunes with the shift key down and
    > hold the shift key down until the dialogue appears.


    If that does not mean shift-click on the icon, then is there some
    direct neural connection I should be looking for? Because clicking on
    the shortcut is the way people launch applications in Windows. And on
    the Mac, too, for that matter.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    Double ROT13 encoded for your protection

    "I really can't say." "Some sort of state secret?" "No. Just
    difficult to pronounce." - Jack O'Neill and Major Robert Thornbird,
    SG1
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 18, 2009
    #12
  13. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > > > Shift-click didn't do anything at all.

    > >
    > > it's not shift-click, it's launch itunes with the shift key down and
    > > hold the shift key down until the dialogue appears.

    >
    > If that does not mean shift-click on the icon, then is there some
    > direct neural connection I should be looking for? Because clicking on
    > the shortcut is the way people launch applications in Windows. And on
    > the Mac, too, for that matter.


    people launch applications in a variety of ways, including the start
    menu, hitting return on windows, picking open from a menu on a mac and
    double-clicking an icon (not single clicking as you describe), just to
    name a few. shift-clicking an icon just selects additional icons,
    which not only won't work, but won't even launch the app.

    i just tried it by picking itunes from the start menu and pressing the
    shift key and the dialogue came up. it works exactly as i've
    described.

    what is happening is that as itunes starts up and is about to open its
    library, itunes looks at the status of the keys and presents a dialogue
    if the shift or option key is down. as long as that key is down before
    the check occurs, the dialogue will show up. if the key is pressed
    after it checks or released before the check occurs, no dialogue will
    appear. that's why i said 'launch itunes with the shift key down and
    hold the shift key down until the dialogue appears.'
     
    nospam, May 18, 2009
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  14. Previously on misc.phone.mobile.iphone, nospam said:

    > people launch applications in a variety of ways, including the start
    > menu, hitting return on windows, picking open from a menu on a mac and
    > double-clicking an icon (not single clicking as you describe), just to
    > name a few. shift-clicking an icon just selects additional icons,
    > which not only won't work, but won't even launch the app.


    Shift-click in Windows opens the Properties sheet, of which changing
    the icon is just one of the available options.

    > i just tried it by picking itunes from the start menu and pressing the
    > shift key and the dialogue came up. it works exactly as i've
    > described.


    Ah, ok. Got it now, and I've successfully changed the location of the
    library database. Thank you.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    The from userid is killfiled Send personal mail to gordol

    "Including Turkey in the EU would prove that Europe is not the
    exclusive club of a single religion." - George W. Bush, on admitting
    Turkey into the European Union, Jun, 2004
     
    Jeffrey Kaplan, May 19, 2009
    #14
  15. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Jeffrey
    Kaplan <> wrote:

    > Shift-click in Windows opens the Properties sheet, of which changing
    > the icon is just one of the available options.


    when i tried it in win-xp, shift click selected more icons in an
    apparent rectangle enclosing the first icon and the subsequent
    shift-clicked icons. i usually invoke the properties window via a
    contextual menu.

    > > i just tried it by picking itunes from the start menu and pressing the
    > > shift key and the dialogue came up. it works exactly as i've
    > > described.

    >
    > Ah, ok. Got it now, and I've successfully changed the location of the
    > library database. Thank you.


    excellent.
     
    nospam, May 19, 2009
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  16. Jeffrey Kaplan

    nospam Guest

    In article <KGBQl.99443$>, Todd Allcock
    <> wrote:

    > The iPhone sets a standard in usability no other smartphone or portable
    > device matches currently. I convert and dump her media on the iPhone and
    > she actually USES it- imagine that.


    that right there sums it up.
     
    nospam, May 19, 2009
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