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How do I move a purchased itunes song into the main itunes library?

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  • stephil68 Jul 18, 2010

    I believe that I can use one of the youtube videos that you suggested and feel my way through the process of installing a ringtone on my cellphone. thank you for your help. Phil

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Hi please try the following: Moving the Library DatabaseIf you’re simply interested in moving your files to a larger disk, there’s seldom any reason to worry about moving the library database, as it doesn’t normally take up a lot of storage space, and there are advantages to leaving this file on your local hard drive and simply storing the content on an external drive.
That having been said, if you do want to move the library database to another location, this is certainly possible as well as long as you’re using iTunes 7 or later. This must be done separately from the process of moving the content described above, and you’re best to run the “Consolidate” operation and move the content first, and then relocate the library database once you’ve confirmed that everything is still working properly.
To do this, shut down iTunes, and copy your “iTunes” folder (under your “Music” or “My Music” folder) to the new location. Keep in mind that by default, you may still have media content located in an “iTunes Media” sub-folder, and you probably don’t want to waste time copying this content over if you’ve already Consolidated it to another location, so you may want to exclude that one sub-folder.
Once you have copied the “iTunes” folder, including the “iTunes Library.itl” and any related support files and folders, simply restart iTunes while holding down the SHIFT key (Windows) or OPT key (Mac) and it will prompt you to either create a new library or choose a location for an existing library:

How do I move a - 4.jpgSimply click “Choose Library” and browse for the location that you copied the iTunes folder to. iTunes should start, and will be using that particular library database instead of the one from the original location. Once you have set this location, iTunes will continue to use it unless you change it again using the same method.
Moving the iTunes library database onto an external hard drive can be useful if you plan to move the external hard drive between multiple computers. It can also be useful to store it in a common area on a local computer for access by multiple user profiles, or even on a network share.
One word of caution, however: The iTunes database is not designed for multi-user access. If you decide to place it on a network share or in a common directory on a standalone workstation, always make sure that you do not have more than one copy of iTunes running against it at a time, otherwise you will risk corrupting the iTunes database.

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  • stephil68 Jul 18, 2010

    Hi, I may not have provided enough info in my initial question. I don't need to move anything to a different drive. I want to upload a portion of a song to my cellphone for a ringtone. To do this, I first had to buy the song from itunes which automatically installed the song into a "purchased" file in the itunes Library. The utility app for uploading a song for editing into a ringtone is available from Cutmp3.net. When I tell the app to go into itunes to retrieve the song, it only wants to get it from the main inventory of all itune songs in the library. It won't or can't retrieve the song from any of the playlists which is where itunes wants to put my newly purchased song. How do I put this song into the main body of itunes songs so that this app can access it for uploading? Thanks, Phil

  • Hilton Bristol Jul 18, 2010

    Hi i now understand what you wanted to do,you should go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYtfIYokg... and choose the video that apply to your phone and follow the steps.

  • Hilton Bristol Jul 18, 2010

    Thanks i appreciate it

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