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.
And, you can keep working, playing, or enjoying your music in iTunes while TunesSpan does its job.
» 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 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.
» Fixed a bug that would cause TuneSpan to stall if large folders or lots of folders were expanded in the Media Locations list.
» Fixed minor bugs when displaying TV Show names and large episode numbers.
» Other minor bug fixes and improvements.
CHANGES FROM VERSION 1.4:
» Added support for the next version of macOS.
» Fixed “Refresh Album Artwork” Tool for iTunes 12.4 and newer.
» Improved “Create Locations Playlists” Tool for iTunes.
» Improved how TuneSpan handles very large Spans and Restores. When Spanning and Restoring more than 5000 tracks, TuneSpan will automatically split it into separate batches to not stress the system too much at once. TuneSpan can automatically continue onto the next batch if the previous one was successful.
» Improved how TuneSpan handles Restores when the original location no longer exists. TuneSpan will now offer to restore to the current iTunes Media folder instead.
» Improved first run experience. New users will now be prompted to opt-in to Analytics on the second run instead of the first.
» Added new Maximum File and Folder Name Length setting to Advanced Preferences.
» Added support for Loved, Album Loved, Work, Movement Name, Movement Number, and Movement Count tags.
» Added Work, Movement Name, and Year as Dynamic Tokens in the Custom Folder Organization Preferences.
» Removed “iTunes U” and changed “Books” to “Audiobooks” throughout TuneSpan. If you’re using an older version of iTunes that still has iTunes U, they will be shown as Podcasts in TuneSpan.
» Replaced interface icons with icons from Primaries by Parakeet.
» Fixed a variety of interface bugs on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
» Dropped support for older than OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan.
» Various bug fixes and improvements throughout.
Ratings and Reviews
Frees up much needed storage space
TuneSpan works seamlessly and allows me to free up space on my main drive by storing memory consuming movie and TV Show files on ancillary drives. It is totally transparent to the iTunes user. Well worth using if you find yourself running out of iTunes storage space.
If you manage your iTunes Library - - - - GET THIS!
I am a very hands-on type of person when it comes to managing my iTunes Library, and it is large - well over 10TB.
Tunespan is indispensable for helping me manage it all.
I cannot even estimate how much time this slick utility has saved me.
Thank goodness they don’t charge what it has saved me in effort and time.
Gem of a program that allows me to span music, movies, and shows to whatever drive I choose. (freeing up space on my main drive). Outstanding!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.