I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has done a pretty good job of cleaning it up visually as I look at it in iTunes.
What I want to do is create a backup copy of all my music no matter where it lives (external HD, etc.) to one location and hopefully eliminate duplicates in the process.
More specifically, I setup a smart folder to find all of kind:music with a bitrate over 44kbps. This results in over 20,000 music files at around 485 GB. I now want to copy all this content to my external drive to ensure I have a backup of all these audio files.
I tried a simple select all and drag to copy, but that didn't seem to work. After a few days of Finder "not responding", I killed the process. Some zero-byte files were created on the external drive, but no sign of progress after the first few minutes.
I'm wondering if there is a Terminal command that could reference the contents of a smart folder and copy or some other creative way to get this done.
I really don't want to mess with iTunes, I just want to copy all music files to the external HD. Bash script maybe?