How do I significantly reduce the size of my 'iTunes Media' folder without loosing any data?
Posted on 2014-11-02
I'm facing the following problem: My iTunes Media folder has been growing and growing over the years and 90% of the music I rarely listen to. When the library was small (20 albums or so) I enjoyed scrolling around and choosing an album or two, ... but now it has turned into a burden as there's too much stuff to choose from. It has come to a point where I keep listening to the same 6 or 7 albums as I can't be bothered scrolling around.
SOLUTION: What I really want is to take 90% of the music and put it somewhere in storage. And once every two or three months I go to that storage, take a few albums out and add them 'temporarily' to my main iTunes Media folder. In this case my iTunes media folder will never have more than 20 or 30 albums in it at one time.
It's basically as if you had lots of vinyls and instead of storing all of them in your room you put most of them in boxes in the basement and occasionally take a box upstairs. One at a time.
NOTE: I've spend a lot of time organising my albums in iTunes by genre's, adding comments, rating them and filling in the 'album artist'. This is obviously information that I wouldn't want to loose and that I would somehow have to 'bring out of storage' each time I do a swap.
Any ideas of how to best do this?