A funny thing happened on the way to gargantuan hard disk drives that were so big we could save every file we ever created, tens of thousands of photos, more thousands of songs, more thousands of movies, TV shows, and video clips.
Apple came along and pushed SSD storage– solid state drives– that are faster, smaller, more expensive, and, for the money, have much less storage than we had in the recent past.
The largest number and size files on my Mac are in iTunes and iPhoto. 25,000 photos. 10,000 songs. Hundreds of TV shows, movies, and personal video clips don’t make a dent in a two terabyte hard disk drive, but overwhelm a 250GB SSD on a MacBook.
If you’re short on storage space, TuneSpan can help by managing the entire iTunes library on multiple drives. Span itself means to distribute files across multiple storage options, and that’s what TuneSpan does. You can do the same thing manually, but you have to remember where you put everything, and make appropriate changes to iTunes.
TuneSpan does it for a few bucks.
TuneSpan even looks a bit like iTunes with Playlists in the left Sidebar, and keeps options to a minimum. It automatically moves Library items to other storage devices while keeping the Library intact. Media files are never deleted, just copied and moved to where there’s more storage. TuneSpan keeps track of the location and updates iTunes accordingly.
iTunes looks the same, works the same, and only the file locations have changed. Because of how iTunes’ XML library file works, TuneSpan won’t move mobile apps, rented movies, ringtones, PDFs, or text-based books, though most of those files take up less space than music, TV shows, or movies.
At some point in the future we may not need an app like TuneSpan, but if you’re struggling with enough storage space to handle iTunes appetite for large files, it might tide you over until SSD prices come down and as storage volumes increase in size.