Using multiple iTunes libraries

You can have more than one iTunes library. You might want mulitple libraries so that you could, for example, have a library of holiday music that wouldn’t appear in your iTunes DJ mix the rest of the year. Or you could use separate libraries to keep your music on your computer and your movies on an external hard disk.

To create or use a different iTunes library:

  1. If iTunes is open, quit it.

  2. Hold down the Shift key while you open iTunes (from the Start menu, choose All Programs > iTunes > iTunes).

  3. In the dialog that appears, do one of the following:

    • To create a new library, click Create Library.

    • To choose a different library, click Choose Library.

You can name your iTunes library (the folder containing all of your iTunes content and the iTunes Library.itl file) whatever you like and store it anywhere.

Related Topics

Finding where your iTunes files are stored

Moving your iTunes library to another computer

Using multiple iTunes libraries