TuneSpan allows you to browse and span the media in your iTunes Library.
To “span” your media means to distribute the files in your iTunes Library across multiple drives.
“…the somewhat magical way that TuneSpan resolves the problem of having too much iTunes content makes this app a must-have for those with big media libraries.”
- Macworld / TechHive
» WHAT DOES TUNESPAN DO?
TuneSpan helps you easily move the media files (Music, Movies, etc.) in your iTunes Library to multiple drives, avoiding the pitfalls of moving files manually. TuneSpan lets you browse and keep track of media in your iTunes Library on all drives, whether they’re connected or not, and makes it clear to you what is and isn’t currently available to play in iTunes.
» HOW DO I USE TUNESPAN?
To select some tracks, drag anything from the browsing area and drop it into the blue gradient Spanlist. You can drag Playlists, Media Types, Genres, Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Locations. To view your selection and remove tracks, just click the Spanlist.
To choose the location to move your selected media to, click the Span Location area in the bottom middle of TuneSpan. Or, you can drag-and-drop a folder from Finder.
Also, TuneSpan now features automation! You can set up spans and restores to be executed on launch.
» WHY DO I NEED TUNESPAN?
There are several reasons you may need TuneSpan:
• You’re running out of space. You have a big iTunes Library on your internal drive and you want to move some (or all) of it to an external drive. TuneSpan helps you do this easily and seamlessly while cleaning up after itself and allowing you to always keep track of where everything is.
• You store a lot of Movies/TV Shows in iTunes and you want to re-organize your media (i.e., move all your videos to an external drive). With TuneSpan, you can easily select a whole Media Type and move the files wherever you choose, while continually being able to see where the files are, move them around again, or restore them easily.
• You need more space temporarily. TuneSpan offers a fast way to move gigabytes of files in your iTunes Library to free up space. Later, you can easily restore your files to their original locations while keeping your iTunes Library perfectly intact.
• You regularly add new Music, Movies, Podcasts, etc. With TuneSpan you can easily move older media (or media you don’t listen to as much) to an external drive while keeping your default iTunes Media location the same. This way, new stuff goes where it should and there’s always room for more.
» HOW DOES TUNESPAN WORK?
The spanning process is simple. TuneSpan makes copies of your media files at the selected Span Location; your media files are never deleted automatically. Once a file has been successfully copied, TuneSpan will set the new location in iTunes. That’s the spanning process for a track; copy its file and update its location in iTunes. By default, in the selected Span Location, TuneSpan will organize your files into folders just like iTunes. But, you can customize the folder organization. After tracks have been successfully spanned, you can choose to have the original files and empty folders moved to the Trash to help keep your system tidy.
TuneSpan does not directly modify the iTunes Library, but uses Apple Events (AppleScript) to set track locations.
And, you can keep working, playing, or enjoying your music in iTunes while TunesSpan does its job.
» IS THERE ANYTHING TUNESPAN CAN’T SPAN?
Unfortunately, TuneSpan can’t span files that aren’t included in the XML iTunes Library file. TuneSpan has no access to the following files; they are left untouched and unchanged:
Mobile Apps, Rented Movies, Ring Tones, Text-Based Books, PDFs, iTunes LPs, and iTunes Extras
Also, for SD and HD versions of videos, only HD versions can be spanned because of how iTunes lists them in the iTunes Library XML.
There is also a bug in iTunes that seems to cause some video files to be unable to span.
» Fixed a bug that would cause TuneSpan to stall if large folders or lots of folders were expanded in the Media Locations list.
» Fixed minor bugs when displaying TV Show names and large episode numbers.
» Other minor bug fixes and improvements.
CHANGES FROM VERSION 1.4:
» Added support for the next version of macOS.
» Fixed “Refresh Album Artwork” Tool for iTunes 12.4 and newer.
» Improved “Create Locations Playlists” Tool for iTunes.
» Improved how TuneSpan handles very large Spans and Restores. When Spanning and Restoring more than 5000 tracks, TuneSpan will automatically split it into separate batches to not stress the system too much at once. TuneSpan can automatically continue onto the next batch if the previous one was successful.
» Improved how TuneSpan handles Restores when the original location no longer exists. TuneSpan will now offer to restore to the current iTunes Media folder instead.
» Improved first run experience. New users will now be prompted to opt-in to Analytics on the second run instead of the first.
» Added new Maximum File and Folder Name Length setting to Advanced Preferences.
» Added support for Loved, Album Loved, Work, Movement Name, Movement Number, and Movement Count tags.
» Added Work, Movement Name, and Year as Dynamic Tokens in the Custom Folder Organization Preferences.
» Removed “iTunes U” and changed “Books” to “Audiobooks” throughout TuneSpan. If you’re using an older version of iTunes that still has iTunes U, they will be shown as Podcasts in TuneSpan.
» Replaced interface icons with icons from Primaries by Parakeet.
» Fixed a variety of interface bugs on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
» Dropped support for older than OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan.
» Various bug fixes and improvements throughout.
Ratings and Reviews
Magic little piece of software that you never thought you would need.
If you are like me and you have a ton of music, eventually iTunes will start to struggle to keep up with the location of all of your music. Especially if you have had to download songs to external storage as your laptop is limited as to the amount of hard drive space it has. You may have found yourself in a similar position to me. Thousands of music files you have paid for and want to access but iTunes no longer recognizes where the file is.
This software fixes that issue as well as makes it very easy to move songs from your hard drive on your laptop or desktop to as many external storage devices as you need AND still has them all able be managed and played through iTunes. It does it all in a very easy to use interface which, starts to seem like magic. Gone are the days of thinking I lost some of my music. I no longer worry about moving files around and wondering if I just made a copy of that file somewhere else in my collection. This software is great and helps to keep all of that in check.
I cannot recommend this software highly enough. A must have for folks with a lot of music.
Costs So Little; Saves So Much Time
I wanted to move ONLY my movies to an external HD. At $15, TuneSpan was worth a chance, if only to ensure that I didn’t really screw up my iTunes library and files tyring to do it manually. TuneSpan works like a charm. The interface will be familar and if you read a couple of the help instructions, you’ll be up and running in a few mintues. I ran a test file to ensure I could perform the right steps and TuneSpan worked beautifully. Then, in a matter of ~90 minutes, I was able to relocate (span) all the movies (110 GB) to an external HD. Upon my instruction, TuneSpan also deleted the files on my internal HD, freeing up that valuable real estate. I’m NOT a tech guy but this product seems to work great. I have NOT tried or test all the built in features (like “Restore) but I will assume that they will all work fine or the Developer will help us. He seems to really be engaged in this product and I REALLY appreciate that.
A real life saver if you want to use an external disk
I have a fairly big Itunes library, around 150G, and don’t have space for it on my MacBook. I’ve manually managed an external ITunes library in the past but found it a real pain, especially moving things around. So far I’ve used TuneSpan to move my external drive a couple of times, and have added more files a number of times.
It seems really solid, I like the fact that you see each result and approve it before it is completed.
I also like the way it works with iTunes rather than create another layer that could fail at some point.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.