File management via iTunes and OSX ( and XP ) iTunes, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by robotica, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. robotica macrumors 6502a

    robotica

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    I don’t like the way apple doesn’t let you have full control over how your media is stored. Say for example you have 160GB iPod Classic and a 40GB apple TV and say a 80GB Macbook as your only machine, that’s a total of 280GB of storage.

    You think wow! I am going have loads of free hard drive space on my 80GB Macbook by being able to put my videos on to my apple TV, my music onto my iPod without having a copy on my Macbook.
    There is no technical reason that this has not been implanted?

    I see no reason that when my iPod is attached to my Macbook that the tunes stored on it cannot be viewed in cover flow on the mac/pc and that while attached they could not be played over apple TV and treated the same as they would be on an internal drive on the computer. Sure when the iPod is not attached they can’t be played through apple TV but here is an idea, how about an apple TV with built in iPod dock? Or the ability to use the USB port on the back to connect an iPod/iPhone or a universal dock and be able to use your media like that? Create pass codes or something for protection against abuse.

    All I am asking for is an option for more advanced users who do understand that if your music is stored on a drive that’s not connected you won’t be able to access it over the “iTunes home network”

    - but no apple insists on COPYING rather than MOVING! sure ok it has some useful reasons for backing up stuff, but you know what... its a risk id be willing to take to have full use of the extra space.
     
  2. walnuts macrumors 6502

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    I think the model is set up this way because of DRM. You aren't supposed to take music off of an ipod ever- it is a read only copy from your computer collection. This is to prevent people from easily swapping music collections via ipods.

    I don't have an appleTV, so I don't know how that works, but presumably it operates simlarly to ipods for consistency's sake.
     
  3. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    The iTunes + iPod + AppleTV setup is made for convenience. Having your media sync between devices is a much better experience than having to constantly plug things in and out.

    If I wanted to manually add access to songs and videos, I'd use CDs and DVDs.

    One solution for saving space on your internal is by having your iTunes library on an external drive. I've done this for my iTunes videos.
     
  4. walnuts macrumors 6502

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    Did you do that JUST for your videos? Is that possible? I've wanted to do that for the longest time.
     
  5. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    I only did it for videos. My previous iPod (3rd Gen) didn't play videos, so I didn't add videos to iTunes until I got my iPhone.

    I ripped some of my DVDs and also TV shows encoded from TiVo and stored them on an external drive. Then in iTunes, I went to Preferences > Advanced > General and unchecked "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library". Then, I dragged the video files from the external to iTunes. Finally, I went back and rechecked "Keep organized" and "Copy files to iTunes".

    There's probably other ways to store iTunes media on an external and also you can do it with music and videos, but you'll have to search for that.
     

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