Transfer iTunes Files Into Dropbox Easily
By Micah McDunnigan
Your iTunes library isn't just a collection of audio files. There's also a variety of database and configuration files that iTunes uses to manage your entire library. Manually moving your iTunes files without breaking something can be a challenging game of trial and error. However, you have the easier option to use iTunes' own internal tool for moving your library into your Dropbox.
Launch iTunes and open "Preferences" from the "iTunes" menu on OS X, or from the "Edit" menu on Windows.
Click the "Advanced" tab and click the "Change" button next to "iTunes Media folder location."
Navigate to your Dropbox folder in the window that pops up, then click "New Folder" and title the folder whatever you want to call your new iTunes library.
Click the "Open" button.
Select the check boxes next to "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library if they aren't already checked, then click the "Ok" button.
Select "Organize Library" from the "Library" entry in the "File" menu, click the box next to "Consolidate Files," then click the "Ok" button.
- If you can't see the menus for iTunes on Windows, click the upper left corner of the iTunes window and select "Show Menu Bar."
- Don't run iTunes off the files in your Dropbox on more than one computer at a time. Trying to play from your library on two different computers at the same time runs the risk of data corruption.
Micah McDunnigan has been writing on politics and technology since 2007. He has written technology pieces and political op-eds for a variety of student organizations and blogs. McDunnigan earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of California, Davis.