Cool iTunes Trick!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by TheSpaz, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    I store all my video content on another drive that does not contain my music library and I want iTunes to copy files to my music folder most of the time. However, when I add videos, there's no sense in having the same video in 2 locations but, it's bothersome to go into iTunes prefs and turn off "Copy Files to iTunes Music Folder When Adding" each time I wanna add a video to iTunes but, not copy it. Tonight I found out that if you hold down the option key while dragging files into iTunes, it adds it without copying it to the Music folder! Nice!
     
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  3. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Now, will the video show up (and play) in Front Row?
     
  4. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    ARRRGH. Why didn't anyone tell me about this 3 months earlier!!??:mad:
    this really should be on the apple support site

    thanks though. I can use it from now on.:)
     
  5. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    Same trick works for music also. :)

    See David Progue's "Mac OS X Missing Manual" book.
     
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    This is in the iTunes help.
     
  7. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    Sorry, I didn't realize it was in the help documentation... I just was annoyed at the fact that iTunes ALWAYS copied to the Music Folder so I decided to try and hold some keys down while adding to see what happens... and option did the trick. I'm glad I could make some people's life a little bit easier even if it is written in the documentation. Who goes and reads the manual anyway?
     
  8. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Its quite a well known 'trick' :D

    Its a bit like holding down command when moving a file onto another drive. It will 'move' it instead of copying it. But you knew that one right? :p
     
  9. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes, I did know that one and I use that trick a lot in fact because I hate having to copy the file then go and delete it from the server. I just never thought of trying it with iTunes... I wonder why they chose option though... don't you think cmd would be more consistent with the Finder? Option usually copies files. Hah. Anyways... I didn't know it was a well known trick and I've never heard of it and I even searched MacOSXHints.com to see if it was there. I never tried the help section in iTunes.
     
  10. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I did think that and thought it was strange but maybe it conflicts with another command. Im not at home so cant experiment. :)
     
  11. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Yup. I definitely knew that one. :) *hangs head in shame* Wow. Too much to learn.
     
  12. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Well, I didn't....on both counts. These two tricks are going to help me tremendously. Thank you all!
     
  13. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    So, does it reconnect the media automatically if you disconnect the drive? I can't store my videos on my laptop (40GB) so I keep them on my firewire drive, but everytime I want to watch one or whatever I have to copy it over, so this trick is nice! But, I don't always have that drive connected....
     

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