TuneSpan allows you to browse and span the media in your iTunes Library.

To "span" your media means to distribute the files in your iTunes Library across multiple drives.

"...the somewhat magical way that TuneSpan resolves the problem of having too much iTunes content makes this app a must-have for those with big media libraries."

Macworld / TechHive


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.


To select some tracks, drag anything from the browsing area and drop it into the blue gradient Spanning Queue. You can drag Playlists, Media Types, Genres, Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Locations. To view your selection and remove tracks, just click the Spanning Queue.

To choose the location to move your selected media to, click the Span Location area in the bottom middle of TuneSpan. Or, you can drag-and-drop a folder from Finder.


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.


    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.


    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, PDFs, 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).

  • What's New
    » All new icon by Michael Flarup of Pixel Resort (

    » All new Loading View, Spanning View, and improved Results View.

    » New progress bar in the Dock while Spanning or Restoring when TuneSpan is inactive.

    » Supports Full Screen Mode on 10.7 Lion and newer.

    » Added optional Notification when a Span or Restore has completed on 10.8 Mountain Lion.

    » All new Unused Drives list below the Media Locations. All drives connected to your computer are now visible in the interface and can be easily set as your Span Location. Also, an All Drives submenu is available in the Span Location menu.

    » Various improvements to the tracks list. You can hide the Smart Rows and Smart Album Column to setup a "normal" list view. Column sorting is now saved between relaunches. Also improved sorting and grouping of Compilations, Movies, and TV Shows.

    » Fully supports Home Videos, new in iTunes 11. They're properly listed in the Movies section, and can be browsed with a Home Videos listing in the Artist column, similar to browsing Compilations. Also, Home Video files are now spanned properly into a Home Videos folder, and you can customize the organization in the Advanced Preferences.

    » Added optional Composer and Grouping columns to the column browser. All columns now have Album Artwork and visible columns are customizable. Composer and Grouping have been added as optional Search Fields.

    » Added "Locate Missing Files..." option to the File menu to easily attempt to locate missing files if something has been moved or renamed. If you change the name of a drive while TuneSpan is running, TuneSpan will offer to update locations for affected files.

    » Greatly improved Locate Files process. TuneSpan will now show detailed progress and results in the new Spanning View and improved Results View.

    » Added "Force Span/Restore" options in the track list contextual menu. Now, you can choose a selection of tracks to mark as Spanned or Restored in TuneSpan without moving any files.

    » Now, tracks in your Spanning Queue that are already spanned to the set Span Location will not be included in the span. This makes the span more efficient, for example, if you've selected a whole media type when you only want to span newly added stuff.

    » General Preferences have been improved. Added option to toggle Notification after Span or Restore has completed on 10.8. On 10.7 and below this option toggles whether or not TuneSpan becomes frontmost after a Span or Restore has completed. The Span Completion sound has been added to the sound toggle, covering all sounds made by TuneSpan.

    » Advanced Preferences have been improved. The "Trash Copied Files" and "Clean Up Empty Folders" options have been combined into one "Trash Copied Files & Clean Up Empty Folders" option, which is now set independently for Span Mode and Restore Mode.

    » Greatly improved how TuneSpan handles running into duplicate files during a Span or Restore. If TuneSpan finds a duplicate file of the same name at the new location you will get a detailed alert with various options. Depending on file sizes and modification dates, TuneSpan will offer the most appropriate default option. You can remember decisions for all tracks in the album, by the artist, a set number of tracks, or all remaining tracks. Decisions are remembered for different kinds of matches and only for the current span.

    » Improved loading of Album Artwork in situations when artwork is not immediately available from the files or iTunes.

    » TuneSpan now does a better job locating custom iTunes Library locations on first run, and handles symbolically linked locations better.

    » During a Span or Restore, TuneSpan will make sure that the readable XML iTunes Library file has been updated before verifying. If the file has not been updated, TuneSpan will alert you to intervene and attempt to solve the issue before continuing.

    » Numerous other bug fixes and improvements throughout various parts of TuneSpan.

    TuneSpan (com.randomapplications.tunespan) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is TuneSpan 1.1. The most popular version of this application used by our users is TuneSpan 1313.

    Operating System: Mac

    Default Install Path: /Applications/