Sorry for what must be a very simple question but how would I move all the tunes I have on my laptop to an external drive connected to the laptop. Storage has become an issue and the laptop is quickly running out of space so I want to put all my tunes on an external and free up some space. This would not be for a backup but to free up space.


This is pretty straighforward, the steps are essentially:

  • Open iTunes and consolidate your existing library (File > Library > Organise Library)
  • Quit iTunes
  • Copy your ~/Music/iTunes folder to the external drive
  • Open iTunes while holding down the Alt key, which will prompt you to select the new library
  • When you're sure it's working, delete your original library.

For more details on each step, see this iMore article. And as always, make sure you have a working backup before you start.

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