Move iTunes Libray to iDisk

I’m a Mac user since approximately one and half year. I was really proud to own one of the first unibody MacBooks in my home town. So for that period of time I was completely satisfied with iTunes syncing all my music and stuff to my already purchased iPhone. This workflow got even better with the subscription to the MobileMe service Apple provides. But suddenly after acquiring my second Mac, a Mac mini this time, for having a desktop computer rather than to plug/unplug the MacBook to the external display, a very serious problem appeared: a second installation of iTunes. After I spent quite a lot of time unsuccessfully researching this issue on the web, I came up with an idea. Why not putting my iTunes Library on my iDisk? Due to the genius feature of iTunes and the store history, apple does already know which tracks I own… so what! :> So, before I show how this can be accomplished, let me enumerate the prerequisites you will need in order to move your library to the iDisk:

  • you need iTunes, and a Mac of course 🙂
  • you need a MobileMe subscription, remember you do only have 20GB of storage, so if your library is larger than that you will either upgrade the storage, stop trying, or create a new library with less required space :/
  • you need to turn on iDisk syncing, or you will die while waiting for iTunes to start 🙂
  • and a mid to high bandwidth doesn’t hurt at all

After this has been said, you can start by copying your library to the desired location on your iDisk. Open Finder and drag your iTunes folder (probably located in ~/Music) to your iDisk. To make it really easy I’m gonna choose the same directory on the iDisk. Now, you need to tell iTunes where to find your music. Go to the advanced panel in iTunes preferences and change the iTunes media folder to your new location. After doing so quit iTunes and restart it while holding down the alt-key. A window should pop up, which asks you to specify the iTunes library. Click choose and point it the iTunes folder. You’re done! Congrats!

I’ve used this configuration for a while now and I must say I love it. Always having music, apps, podcast and etc. in sync. So it doesn’t matter if I want to sync my iPhone at home or on the run. But, as could it be different, there is also small disappointment about this situation, for me, at least. I constantly get some MobileMe sync error for the file „iTunes Library.xml“. Seems to me that iTunes changes this file while it’s running and the FileSyncAgent can’t read it because it’s in use. Maybe somebody out there can help me! 🙂



Filed under iTunes, Mac OS X Software

6 responses to “Move iTunes Libray to iDisk

  1. Steve

    Interesting article. I wouldn’t think you would get good performance by moving the iTunes library to your iDisk.

    • Thanks Steve,
      performance isn’t a really a problem. Due to the sparsebundle (iDisk sync image) is located on my local hard drive I haven’t noticed any difference between the old and the new version.

      cheers daniel

  2. Rene

    Tnx for the article. Perhaps you can solve you sync problem by checking the option “Always save the most recent version of a file” (Not sure if that’s correct for the English version since my Mac OS is in Dutch.


    • Thank you for this suggestion, but unfortunately this option does not solve the problem. I don’t have this problem anymore only because I moved the library back to my local disk (I do only have one Mac at the time).


  3. Taylor


    Read your article and it was like an answer to my prayers. I’m in the process now of setting it up. Shoot me an email if you ever figure out the ituneslibrary.xml issue. Also, let me know what you think about doing this whole process with dropbox instead.


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