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TuneSpan  —  Your iTunes Library on Multiple Drives

TuneSpan — Your iTunes Library on Multiple Drives

       Mac OS

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


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.


To select some tracks, drag anything from the browsing area and drop it into the blue gradient Spanning Queue. You can drag Playlists, Media Types, Genres, Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Locations. To view your selection and remove tracks, just click the Spanning Queue.

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.


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.


The spanning process is simple. TuneSpan makes copies of your media files at the selected Span Location; none of your media files are ever 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 in TuneSpan. After tracks have been successfully spanned, you can choose to have TuneSpan move the original files to the Trash, and even check for empty folders and move those 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.


Unfortunately, TuneSpan can't span files that aren't included in the readable 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 a video, only one at a time can be spanned (the one that's currently selected in iTunes).

There is also a rare bug in iTunes that seems to cause some video files to be unable to span.

What's new

» Fixed validation issue on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.


» Fixed some issues with file access on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. If you were getting file copy errors, they should be fixed. Please get in touch if you're still experiencing issues:

» Added an "amount spanned" button in the titlebar.

» Greatly improved crash reporting thanks to HockeyApp.

» Now, TuneSpan will remember your last viewed Media Type between loads by default.

» Various other minor bug fixes.


» All new icon by Michael Flarup of Pixel Resort (

» New customized interface layouts for browsing each separate media type.

» All new Loading View, Spanning View, and improved Results View.

» New progress bar in the Dock while Spanning or Restoring when TuneSpan is inactive.

» New Compact Smart Row style in the track list.

» Supports Full Screen Mode on 10.7 Lion and newer.

» All new Unused Drives list below the Media Locations.


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Jan 04, 2014
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