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 do not respond to the necessary "set location" AppleScript command. TuneSpan cannot move the following file types; they are left untouched and unchanged:
Mobile Apps, Rented Movies, Ring Tones, and Text-Based Books
Also, for SD and HD versions of videos, only HD versions can be spanned because of how iTunes lists them in the iTunes Library XML.
There is also a bug in iTunes that seems to cause some video files to be unable to span.
What's New in Version 1.3
» FEATURED ADDITION: TuneSpan can now Reorganize Spanned Tracks when track tags change in iTunes, or when organization preferences change in TuneSpan. You can turn this off in the General Preferences.
» FEATURED ADDITION: All new Library Information window with pie charts and lists to analyze the types of media you have across all your drives.
» FEATURED IMPROVEMENT: With iTunes 12.2 and newer, TuneSpan can now span iTunes Extras, iTunes LPs, Digital Booklets, and PDFs.
» Fully supports iTunes 12.2 and newer (including downloaded Apple Music files).
» Fully supports OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
» Added detailed information about the current state of TuneSpan as well as a current screenshot in the body of emails when you Contact Developer through TuneSpan. This information will help me understand and solve any issues you may run into much more quickly and easily. Please don’t ever hesitate to get in touch :-)
» Added Skip Track option when a duplicate file is detected during Span or Restore.
» Added description popovers throughout General and Advanced Preferences.
» Moved Tools for iTunes submenu from the File menu to it’s own top-level Tools menu with descriptions in the menu.
» Numerous bug fixes, interface tweaks, and improvements throughout.
PLEASE NOTE: If some spanned files were organized into the wrong Media Kind folders by a previous version of TuneSpan when using iTunes 12.2 or newer, you’ll be prompted to have TuneSpan reorganize the tracks into the proper Media Kind folders.
Also, if you enjoy TuneSpan, please consider leaving a Rating or Review :-)
Awesome app and developer!
The app does everything it says it does… and does it well. This latest update cleans up many things that were messed up since upgrading to iTunes 12.2! Outstanding developer!! If you have media in more than one location linked to iTunes, don’t think twice… buy this app!!!
Such a useful app!
Where would I be without it? I have a massive library of burned CDs and DVD’s and this app makes it possible to have it all in one library spanned across different external drives and it just works.