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How Do I Transfer Music With Songs To an External Hard Drive In Catalina?

I would like to transfer my Music program in Catalina to my new external drive , so that it will operate only from my external drive so that I can free up more space on my Mac mini hard drive. I have an enormous amount of songs and this will clear a large amount of space on my Mac.
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Northern Jim

Comments: 3 Responses to “How Do I Transfer Music With Songs To an External Hard Drive In Catalina?”

    1 month ago

    Basically, it is just moving your Music library from your home folder’s Music folder to your external drive. Then having your Music app point to the new location in Preferences. But the details depend on how you have things set up. Do you have your music files in your library, or external to it? Are you using Apple Music, iCloud Music, or iTunes Match?

    Another option is to leave your Music library in your Music folder. But then change the way it works in Preferences so that the song files are not copied into the library when you import them. Then store those files on your external drive. But that is tricky to switch to if you already have things set up to be in the library.

    Ralston Coleman
    1 month ago

    I am using Apple Music and presently my songs are in my music folder on my Mac mini hard drive in the program of Music. I am using Catalina 10.15.2

    1 month ago

    Ralston: If you are using Apple Music, and most of your songs are from Apple Music, then your library can be huge, but it shouldn’t take up much space. I’d leave them in your Music folder. Otherwise, I would leave your library where it is but move your local music files to the external drive.

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