Originally Posted by walshbj
It's messy by Apple standards as soon as you take it out of iTunes and into Finder. As is the fixing location data.
What I picture: In the Get Info pane there's a dropdown with drives. Any time you select a group of items in iTunes and look at their Get Info and select a different drive iTunes builds a folder structure with Media as the root and places your items on that drive, using the same hierarchy it uses elsewhere. That's still probably too messy, as they haven't done it.
The problem you're having is because you didn't set it up the way you wanted it the first time. Even so, iTunes can still do what you want pretty easily.
Originally Posted by ameldrum1
I have another huge issue with iTunes. I store my iTunes library on a separate FAT partition so that it is readable by both OS X and also Windows under Boot Camp. Each time I switch between the 2 (daily) iTunes has to update the library. In Windows XP this takes no more than a couple of minutes. In OS X however this can take an hour or more!! During which time iTunes is inaccessible! It's crazy... It's not as though the library has changed in any meaningful way throughout the course of an average day - maybe a couple of podcasts/app updates downloaded. Can't figure out why this works so poorly...
I'm not knowledgeable with how boot camp or windows works with iTunes but maybe you should just put the media folder on the FAT drive and keep the 2 different itunes folders in their normal place. This way there would be no reason for itunes to rebuild its libraries.