I'm organising my iTunes media in two folder myself /Volumes/Data/Music and /Volumes/Data/OtherMusic. My 2nd hard-drive port (yes, the port, not the HDD itself) died so I copied all music to Volumes/System/Users/Me/Music/Music and Volumes/System/Users/Me/Music/OtherMusic

How do I change all tracks in the library to be connected to the new location WITHOUT

  • consolidating all files
  • loosing playlists
  • changing the folder structure

if I have to tinker with bash and RegEx that is fine too.

  • Have you tried in the iTunes Preferences > Advanced and then change the iTunes Media folder location with the one you have copied.
    – rebatoma
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:45
  • There's a long [& ultimately unsatisfying] method here - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/230207/… It used to work better before iTunes 12.3 :/ It doesn't answer your question directly, but gives a working method for manual data management.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:46
  • @Tetsujin This is really unsatisfying so I'm better off giving in and let iTunes manage the music itself?
    – Hedge
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:53
  • 'Better off'... in terms of convenience I'd say yes. iTunes is really meant to be a 'set & forget' experience. Trying to keep a track of its foibles manually is not the most fun you can have on a rainy afternoon. Having said that, I still, to this day, have a Win PC using the same 'repository' as my Mac & I still periodically go through all that to keep it in approximate sync.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:56
  • btw, your 'difficulty' is really only that you are trying to maintain two library folders in one library. If you merge [or possibly even just consolidate] them, iTunes can then take over with no issues
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 18:32

1 Answer 1


Step 1: Install iTunes

Step 2: Move any new content

Step 3: Copy the iTunes backup from your old computer

Step 4 (optional): Add back new content

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