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I tunes is on my labtop but all of my music is on a 200gb ex hard drive,how do I, link ipod,itunes,hard drive without computer skill? without constantly moving music back and forth?
Great question. I had to do the same thing. Open iTunes. Go to the file menu then Add folder to library. This alaways you to add folders of MP3's at a time. You can also add them 1 by one but adding whole folders fro your external drive is a lot faster.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Robert's Post: that is what I am doing now, I have room for 100 songs on labtop, and 50,000 or more on hard drive,so I move them back and forth, I;m hoping theres a better way. I hope to press play for all my music and have a link, or software do the rest. possible? stay tuned and hope someone can save us,
HiCustomer

From your posts it's not completely clear what it is you're trying
to do. Sounds like you have a large music library on an external
hard drive as well as some other music files scattered in various
places. Your iPod should just hold a copy of your library files, or
a selection of these files.

The location of the iTunes software application program does
not make a difference in regards XXXXX XXXXX ability to play music
files. That is, you can keep music files stored in a completely
separate place from your iTunes program and it should still work
seamlessly.

The underlying principle to understand when working with
iTunes is that the program should take care of everything for
you. Very rarely should you ever have to touch files manually.
There are a few hidden gotchas in the program interface,
however, and these might be what are tripping you up.

First of all, make sure you're iTunes Music Folder location is set
properly. The iTunes Music Folder location is the place on your
computer or one of your hard drives (internal or external) that
you wish to store all of your music. By default, this is in your My
Music folder on Windows and in your ~/Music/iTunes Music
directory on Mac OS X.

In your case, since you have such a big external hard drive, I
suggest setting the iTunes Music Folder location to a folder on
the external hard drive. To do this, open iTunes and go to the
Preferences window. (That would be iTunes > Preferences... in
Mac OS X and Edit > Preferences in Windows.)

From there, click the Advanced tab. Then hit the button labeled
"Browse" next to the text box that asks for the iTunes Music
Folder location. Browse to a folder on your external hard drive
and select "Choose" or "Ok." When you have done this, the text
box for the iTunes Music Folder location should read as the path
of the directory you chose.

Now ensure that the option to "Keep iTunes Music Folder
Organized" is highlighted (checked). This option lets iTunes
automagically manage every file within the iTunes Music Folder
location you've just specified. Finally, also ensure that the "Copy
Files to iTunes Music Folder when adding to library" option is
highlighted. You'll need this for the next step.

Now you are ready to consolidate your library in one location --
and never touch the files manually ever again.

First, make sure that you have finished adding all the songs you
want to your iTunes Library by following Robert's advice of
selecting File > Add Folder to Library and adding all the folders
you have music in. When this process is complete, go to
Advanced > Consolidate Library... and tell iTunes you really want
it to copy all your music into your iTunes Music Library.

This simple action is all you have to do, once properly set up, to
ensure that your music library stays in one place at all times.
After iTunes has finished, with these preference settings, you
can simply add new music to your library like normal (File > Add
to Library) and iTunes will take care of all the rest. You should
never again have to touch the files yourself or move them
around.

I hope this helps. If you're confused about any step along the
way, feel free to reply and let me know where you need extra
help.

Happy MP3-ing! :D
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Meitar Moscovitz's Post: I'm deeply grateful for your help. I am currently building the collection manually by downloading hundreds of cd's manually, so you have saved me a great deal of time and frustration.I feel I still owe you, I hope your around when I try kazaa again, as I failed before and have been warned of the potetial dangers. You are a great teacher. Thanks JPCustomer
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Meitar Moscovitz's Post: thankyou, thankyou, thankyou

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