TuneSpan 1.0.4 – Effortless iTunes media library management


TuneSpan allows you to browse and span your iTunes Library.


Span (verb): to distribute the media files in your iTunes Library across multiple drives.


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. TuneSpan also offers sophisticated filtering options that aren’t available in iTunes.


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; 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.


Is there anything TuneSpan can’t span?

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, 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).



Version 1.0.4:

  • Improved “Allow Access to Files” open dialog on launch. If you’ve already allowed access, you won’t see this again. But, if you’ve had trouble allowing access, it’s much more clear now.
  • Added “Welcome to TuneSpan” popup for new users to show the basics of how to span your media.
  • Added Album Artwork to the Artist and Album columns in the browser.
  • Greatly improved loading Album Artwork for OS X 10.7 Lion or later. iTunes no longer needs to be running to load artwork, but TuneSpan will attempt to retrieve artwork from iTunes, if it’s running, when nothing was retrieved from the files.
  • Improved file copy progress during a span. File copy progress is now included in the overall progress and independent progress is shown for large files. The Spanning View now also contains time elapsed and progress counts.
  • Improved Spanning Queue to display more summary information for the current selection, including a preview of some Album Artwork for selected tracks.
  • Improved duplicate file detection during a span to better handle multiple versions of tracks.
  • Overhauled and simplified the TuneSpan Preferences.
  • Improved file location fields in Get Info window; now using graphical controls instead of plain text.
  • Improved animations in the Preferences, Get Info, and main TuneSpan windows.
  • Improved launching and quitting iTunes during a span.
  • Improved Search to better find each search term in any field, more like iTunes does.
  • Added “Rate TuneSpan” button to the Span Results. The button will go away after being clicked once.
  • Fixed crash when track attributes happen to contain line breaks.
  • Fixed various other bugs and made numerous improvements throughout TuneSpan, including some efficiency enhancements.
  • Changed name to “TuneSpan for iTunes” in Mac App Store for improved searchability.



  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • iTunes 8.1 or later

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