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I want to copy just my music (not films/tv/etc, so I cant just move the iTunes folder) on to dropbox, so I can listen to it from anywhere for free, but without copying the music as my hard drive space is becoming limited and I don't want to have to recopy everything, everytime I add a new track).

Is there anyway to make Dropbox include the music folder inside the Dropbox folder? If you create a shortcut in the dropbox folder it will just sync the shortcut itself, can I make the shortcut actually be the music folder?

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The easiest way to this would be to simply create a folder in DropBox and then create a Symbolic Link to your Music only folder in iTunes.

There is a useful article on symlinks available here. Another one specific to DropBox is available here.

In example you could create a symbolic link to a folder named Music in DropBox as follows:

ln -s ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Music ~/DropBox/Music

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As I understand, Dropbox doesn't follow symlinks? –  George Pearce Mar 16 '12 at 19:17
@iampearce Actually Dropbox has been designed to follow them: forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=13431 –  Diago Mar 16 '12 at 19:19
I stand corrected. Good call. –  George Pearce Mar 16 '12 at 19:21
Can you please summarize the link so that all the important information is in your answer? Links have a tendency to degrade and disappear over time, so it is more helpful to put all the information into your answer. Thanks!! –  daviesgeek Mar 16 '12 at 19:25

Why not physically move the folder in Finder into your dropbox (so instead of Music > iTunes Music you have Dropbox > iTunes Music) and then change the directory of your library (through iTunes > Preferences) to be in the right place?

No duplicates, music synced, all happy?

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Because if I change the directory of the library then dropbox will sync TV and Movies which will put me over the 2GB dropbox limit. –  Jonathan. Mar 16 '12 at 19:18
In which case, the symlink option Diago posted would be your best solution. –  George Pearce Mar 16 '12 at 19:22
You could use Dropbox's Selective Sync feature to exclude the TV and Movies folders from being uploaded by Dropbox dropbox.com/en/help/175 –  Matthew Lock Mar 19 at 7:17

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