itunes external library

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Does anyone here knows a good solution to host 200Gb of itunes, right now the music library is in the C drive but I've been thinking to move it to an external storage but don't know how Itunes will interact with that, as far as genius playlist, new purchases and etc....
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You do not (very likely) have a 250 GB phone, so in order to sync properly, you are going to have to (or already) subdivide the music in to libraries. It would seem, so long as you were not trying to sync to an offline library, you could use external storage.

Other solutions:

1. If desktop, get / replace the second drive with a 2 TB drive.
2. If laptop, consider a 1 TB hard drive

With both 1 and 2, the music stays on board.

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I have been considering an external 460GB ssd drive, isn't there a way for the music to stay in the cloud instead?
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You can keep your music in the Apple Cloud. Make sure the size fits in what they give you. I think either the piece you wish to sync to phone or else all the music needs to be with Apple. Other cloud is the same as external storage.
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keep my music on a 1 TB external drive... iTunes has no problems managing an external drive!
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You have two options:

If you want to keep your iTunes Library in the cloud you'll want to either use iTunes Match (for $25/year) or Apple Music (for $9/mo) . The limitation is on songs, not gigs... and it's 25k so most people don't have a problem there. Both keep and stream on demand your entire collection and allow you to clear off any device you own so that it doesn't need to store your library locally... which is brilliant. But of course it requires data... potentially a lot.

Your other option is to just use an external HD to store your entire iTunes library. Whatever Mac you plug into this library can read it as if it were on that Mac, and the playlists, new purchases, deletions, etc are all kept along for the ride. You just have to make sure to copy the entire folder called "iTunes" from the Music folder somewhere onto the external.. then hold down the option key the next time you start up iTunes. It will then allow you to choose the library you put on the external. (Don't pay attention to the tutorials that tell you to move your music to an external via the iTunes Preferences. That only moves the music files and not the actual library. )
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@jdff  - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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