TuneSpan — Your iTunes Library on Multiple Drives
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TuneSpan allows you to browse and span the media in your iTunes Library.
To "span" your media means to distribute the files in your iTunes Library across multiple drives.
"…the somewhat magical way that TuneSpan resolves the problem of having too much iTunes content makes this app a must-have for those with big media libraries."
- Macworld / TechHive
» WHAT DOES TUNESPAN DO?
TuneSpan helps you easily move the media files (Music, Movies, etc.) in your iTunes Library to multiple drives, avoiding the pitfalls of moving files manually. TuneSpan lets you browse and keep track of media in your iTunes Library on all drives, whether they're connected or not, and makes it clear to you what is and isn't currently available to play in iTunes.
» HOW DO I USE TUNESPAN?
To select some tracks, drag anything from the browsing area and drop it into the blue gradient Spanlist. You can drag Playlists, Media Types, Genres, Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Locations. To view your selection and remove tracks, just click the Spanlist.
To choose the location to move your selected media to, click the Span Location area in the bottom middle of TuneSpan. Or, you can drag-and-drop a folder from Finder.
Also, TuneSpan now features automation! You can set up spans and restores to be executed on launch.
» WHY DO I NEED TUNESPAN?
There are several reasons you may need TuneSpan:
• You're running out of space. You have a big iTunes Library on your internal drive and you want to move some (or all) of it to an external drive. TuneSpan helps you do this easily and seamlessly while cleaning up after itself and allowing you to always keep track of where everything is.
• You store a lot of Movies/TV Shows in iTunes and you want to re-organize your media (i.e., move all your videos to an external drive). With TuneSpan, you can easily select a whole Media Type and move the files wherever you choose, while continually being able to see where the files are, move them around again, or restore them easily.
• You need more space temporarily. TuneSpan offers a fast way to move gigabytes of files in your iTunes Library to free up space. Later, you can easily restore your files to their original locations while keeping your iTunes Library perfectly intact.
• You regularly add new Music, Movies, Podcasts, etc. With TuneSpan you can easily move older media (or media you don't listen to as much) to an external drive while keeping your default iTunes Media location the same. This way, new stuff goes where it should and there's always room for more.
» HOW DOES TUNESPAN WORK?
The spanning process is simple. TuneSpan makes copies of your media files at the selected Span Location; your media files are never deleted automatically. Once a file has been successfully copied, TuneSpan will set the new location in iTunes. That's the spanning process for a track; copy its file and update its location in iTunes. By default, in the selected Span Location, TuneSpan will organize your files into folders just like iTunes. But, you can customize the folder organization. After tracks have been successfully spanned, you can choose to have the original files and empty folders moved to the Trash to help keep your system tidy.
TuneSpan does not directly modify the iTunes Library, but uses Apple Events (AppleScript) to set track locations.
» IS THERE ANYTHING TUNESPAN CAN'T SPAN?
Unfortunately, TuneSpan can’t span files that aren't included in the XML iTunes Library file. TuneSpan has no access to the following files; they are left untouched and unchanged:
Mobile Apps, Rented Movies, Ring Tones, Text-Based Books, PDFs, iTunes LPs, and iTunes Extras
Also, for SD and HD versions of videos, only one at a time can be spanned (the one that's currently selected in iTunes).
There is also a bug in iTunes that seems to cause some video files to be unable to span.
What's New in Version 1.2.2
» Fixed a bug where Home Videos would get mis-categorized as Music instead of Movies because of a change in iTunes 12.
» Improved loading album artwork (again) and fixed an artwork loading bug introduced in the last version.
» Improved type selection in Column Browser and Track List.
» Added Dimensions and HD status to Video tab in the Get Info window.
» Changes throughout the interface to fit in better on Yosemite, and updated interface icons to match Yosemite and iTunes 12.
» Minor bug fixes and improvements throughout.
NOTEWORTHY CHANGES FROM VERSION 1.2
» Basic Automation! You can now configure sets of tracks to span and restore on load. This makes it super easy to span tracks you've recently added to iTunes, all you need to do is launch TuneSpan. You can configure sets of tracks to span by selecting Media Types and/or Playlists.
» AppleScript Support! You can now do basically all TuneSpan functionality via AppleScript. This means you can add custom scripts to the iTunes Scripts menu to run TuneSpan commands from within iTunes. Visit http://script.tunespan.com for documentation and pre-made scripts.
» Create Custom Static Folders to add to your Spanned Media Folder Organization.
Very handy for saving disk space & splitting library across multiple drives
I’ve been using this app for a few years now. It has worked flawlessly. It enables me to very easily keep my entire iTunes library (movies, audiobooks, music, etc.) off of my small SSD drive, and on a secondary drive (which, in my case, I have in the CD drive bay of my MacBook). My library is around 100GB, and keeping it on my main system drive is not an option. Where this app is likely to come in the most use if for people who wish to spread their library over a number of locations. If you simply wish to move and store your entire library to another location, this can easily be done by setting up an alias link from the original location to the new location. iTunes will “think” it’s getting the files from the original location, but they will in fact be coming through from the new location. If you only wish to achieve that, then you can save yourself $15.
However, if you want to store media in multiple locations, the Tunespan is the way to go. For example, perhaps you want all your music (or most listened to music) on your laptop. And you want to store your less listened to musich, and audiobooks and podcasts in another internal drive, and then store massive movie files on an external drive. Tunespan would make this VERY easy to achieve. That’s the main reasons for buying an app like this.
Does ok but having problems
To be honest I have had a lot of annoying little problems since I started using this. 1) Missing artwork, yes I know there is a feature to find it and replace it but I shoudln’t have to do that everytime I sync wioth iTunes. 2) Songs listed as being on a device and then I go to play them and they vanish. The information os there but not the file is my guess. The actual poertion of the app is good but it leaves my library with quirks, bugs and annoyances that are maing me pondering just moving my whole library to an external drive. I’m on a MacBook Air so space is at a premium anyway. I read lots of other folks like it so I gave it 3 stars. If I was to base it on my own experience I would give it 2 stars. Going to keeo trying though because I like the idea.
I Love This App!
I was using the old free version and loved it, but after upgrading to Yosemite, the old version no longer worked. I loved this program so much, that I dropped my $15 without a thought to upgrade to the newer, fuller version. It’s even better than the free one. Awesome work on this app!