Backing up iTunes

Kirk McElhearn explains how-to. This is one of the most frequent problems I hear about from readers and friends. It goes something like this:

  1. Big iTunes library goes on external drive (Not Time Machine);
  2. External drive goes up in smoke;
  3. Tears.

Once you put your iTunes library on an external drive, outside your normal backup regime, there be dragons. You need to have a second drive (at the minimum) and routinely make a copy of your iTunes library. I do this once a month. I figure I can deal with losing a month of play counts and new content. I know there are some online backup solutions but still can’t get over the idea of how long it would take to upload a 1TB library.

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