How to move an existing iTunes library to external drive for use by multiple computers?
February 28, 2007 8:58 AM Subscribe
I just received my new Airport Extreme. I'm eager to make use of its ability to connect to a USB drive. I'd like to transfer most of my data — songs, movies, and TV shows, in particular — to this drive, and then use it as a central repository for most of my Macs. But these computers already have existing iTunes libraries. What's the easiest way to make this transition? What's the best
posted by jdroth to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I have subscriptions to Battlestar Galactica and The Office. I'd like to order the third seasons of Battlestar, but my laptop's 160gb drive is nearly full. Is there a way to transfer the first two seasons to the new external drive (connected to the Airport Extreme) and keep them in my library? (It doesn't make sense that I could — I'm just wondering.)
Also, I'd actually like to make this theoretical external drive the default location for my desktop's media library. How do I transfer the desktop's existing library to the new drive without breaking things in iTunes?
All help greatly appreciated.
Bonus question: The Apple web site says this about the new Airport Extreme: "Speed and range will be less if an 802.11a/b/g product joins the network." Does this mean that my MacBook Pro will get 802.11g speeds when my old Macs are on the network, but will get better speeds when those machines are off? What about my Airport Express? Will this degrade the speed? (I'm looking for real answers here, not suppositions. I can "suppose" just as well as you can.)