How to Move iTunes Music Library to External Drive and Save Space on Your PC/Mac

If music occupies a large part of your life, chances are high that it also occupies a large part of your hard disk space. Most of the time, space runs into several GBs and can have an adverse effect on other programs and system performance.

One of the coolest things about the iTunes Music library is that you can have it anywhere, including external storage spaces. You can export your iTunes Music library to external HDDs, USB flash drives and other spaces.

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Here’s how to do that correctly:

The iTunes software on your Mac/PC looks for all its music files in a pre-defined location. This location can be manually configured/changed to suit your need. And that’s the principle we’ll be using to export/move your music collection to an external drive.

  • Connect the external drive to your Mac/PC. Allow it to load/mount.
  • Time to find out the location of your iTunes Music files. To do this:
    1. Open iTunes
    2. Go to EditPreferences and click on Advanced tab
    3. The path to the iTunes Music library is listed as shown

Find the location of iTunes Music files

  • Navigate to this path and copy the entire iTunes Music folder
  • Paste the copied folder into the external storage (USB, HDD etc.)
  • Now all you’ve got to do is change the default music library location. To do this:
    1. Once again head back to iTunes, click EditPreferences and click on Advanced.
    2. Click Change and select the new location of the iTunes Music folder (which is now on the external drive)

How to Change Default Music Library Location

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  • Quit iTunes and open it again.

An important thing to note here is that you’ll need to connect the external media every time you open iTunes for if not, the media files aren’t going to show up. For this purpose, it’s best to use some tiny USB stick (you get a lot of these online) and have it connected throughout.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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