Storing the iTunes Media folder on an SD Card
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I am running iTunes on my HP lappy, using an Airport Express connected to my old school home stereo, directing traffic with the Remote app on my iPhone 4. Now my music library is burgeoning and I need to move my iTunes library off my hard drive, mostly for performance reasons. I am considering the best hardware—as in very small and portable—so I can always have the library with the laptop. So far an SD card looks like my best option, followed by a hearty thumb drive. I am leery of doing this and would like some advice along the lines of “it’s OK it’ll work fine” or “don’t even think about it.” I want to keep all my music library hardware driven and not go into the heavens with it all. Can you point me in the best direction please? Note that I do regularly back up everything to back up hard drives, once a week at the minimum.
A: There’s no reason this shouldn’t work fine provided you can find an SD card or USB thumb drive larger enough to store your entire music library.
For all intents and purposes, an SD card or USB thumb drive is just another type of removable storage device, and iTunes neither knows nor cares about the difference between that an an actual external hard drive. As long as the storage is using a standard file system, it’s all the same as far as iTunes is concerned.
So moving your library to the SD card or thumb drive can be done in the same manner as with any other external hard drive. See our tutorial on Transferring your iTunes Library for more details on how to do this.
The key point to keep in mind is that your actual library content will only be available when the external storage device is actually connected to your computer, and ideally you will need to ensure you purchase an SD memory card or thumb drive large enough to store you entire library in one place. The alternative is to split your media content up between two or more memory cards, which is possible since each card will be assigned the same drive letter, but this can start to get complicated in terms of lining it all up so that iTunes can find it and will likely require some manual management of where your files are located on each card.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Report: Some third-party repairs ‘bricking’ iPhones with iOS 9
- Report: Apple to bid on NFL Thursday Night Football streaming rights
- Apple to begin taking broken iPhones for trade-in, offer in-store screen protector installation
- Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX in patent case
- Apple Pay reaches 2 million retail locations
- Apple acquires security company LegbaCore
- Zagg to acquire Mophie for $100 million
- Report: iPhone 7 to include flush camera lens, drop rear antenna bands
- Report: iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 set for March 15 unveil
- Alleged iPad Air 3 drawing shows Smart Connector, four speakers, camera flash
- Gumdrop Cases DropTech Case for iPad Pro
- Edifier MP700 Rave Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Just Mobile HoverDock for Apple Watch + HoverDock for iPhone
- VRS Design Dandy Layered Case for iPad Pro
- Just Mobile TENC for iPad Pro
- Native Union DOCK Lightning
- Native Union DOCK for Apple Watch
- Hitcase Pro+ Action Pack and Snap for iPhone 6/6s
- Urban Armor Gear Trooper for iPhone 6/6s
- NEBO CaseBrite for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music
- CE Week 2015: IK Multimedia, Monowear’s Apple Watch bands + More
- Live From CE Week 2015: Brand New iPad, iPhone + Mac Accessories!