Splitting your iTunes library across multiple drives using TuneSpan
I’m stuck in 2000, when hard drives were still ridiculously expensive, and designating an entire hard drive for music and another for video was a necessary evil. You couldn’t afford to back up all of your content, so you hoped that you’d only lose either your movies or your music. Keep in mind, in 2000 I wasn’t yet out of my teens and was just venturing to college, so money was a premium.
Times have changed and drives are super cheap now, which is a great thing for those of us who consume copious amounts of audio and video content, and who absolutely refuse to delete anything. But what happens when you want that content spread over a couple of drives, and you’re iTunes library is already all synced to one? Expanding a library could be a pretty huge chore.
Enter TuneSpan. Their main goal is splitting your iTunes library between multiple drives without having to mess around with the crappy iTunes settings every time you want to import one album to one drive, and then turning off the preference when you want to move another album to your default drive.
The application is straight forward. You drag and drop specific albums, genres, or content types into a windowpane, then select where you want it to go, and then click span. Done and done.
Sure beats doing it manually if you ask me, and it’s been working like a beauty since I’ve been using it. No complaints yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know if stuff goes south quick.
Word to the wise: Before you use any application that automates changes on your computer, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve backed up your stuff. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, and certainly don’t blame us if your system breaks.