Having MobileMe iDisk Automatically sync the content YOU want

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by andyfallondev, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. andyfallondev macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hey all, i have a question which i have not been able to solve concerning the MobileMe iDisk.

    What I'd really like to be able to do is have iDisk automatically sync directories on my mac that I choose, such that it always keeps a mirror copy of my stuff on the Cloud servers, and updates the remote backup copy when I make local changes.

    Examples include my Music from my music folder. Of course I don't let iTunes make an absolutely mess of my music files, I purchase music on Beatport (House music, etc) and I keep them in folders I organize, inside my Music folder. I want iDisk to update and keep my MobileMe iDisk in sync with my local machine WITHOUT having to manually drag files into the iDisk Music folder.

    Other things include Serato files in the Music folder, program data Serato creates so it can remember my Crate arrangement etc inside that program.

    These files live inside my personal folder in /Music.

    Is it possible to have iDisk sync this stuff with no manual intervention? How to I flag folders as "yes, sync this content"?
  2. tallyho macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2004
    My iTunes are neatly arranged in folders by artist, then album. Computers are good at doing that sort of organisation, so I don't have to do it myself!
    Of course if you are a dj (as I guess from the Serato references) then I suppose you will want your own folder structure - but that's not the case for 99% of users, and I really wouldn't call iTunes' file management a mess.

    I think you could drag the iDisk Music folder into the sidebar in a finder window and then just use it as your music folder. How much storage space would you need for that though? I couldn't fit my music collection on my iDisk...
  3. andyfallondev thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    I suspect the number is significantly lower than 99% but I understand its desirable for people who are more concerned abut the song, than contextual data stored in the file name or directory hierarchy and other such things. Its a little off topic, but we'll have to disagree about iTunes effectiveness as a music organization tool. At least they made an option to turn it OFF (thank god).

    It may be possible to use the remote disk as if it were local, but the app (Serato) for example, is not going to start writing its configuration files there, forcing me to manually have to manage this stuff.

    It would be way way way better to just let MobileMe know what content I want mirrored and have it do the dirty work, thats really what I wanted from the service.

    Is there a way?
  4. -U2- macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2008
    This would help me a great deal as well.

    Basically, I have cloud files and folders on my mac as well ... but I dont need all the files or folders sync'ed. Thus, rather than drag & drop everytime time, automatically sync specific files/folders to iDisk every so often.

    Then I can access the most up-to-date files in mobileme while saving time not manually drag & drop the files.


  5. bogy macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
  6. dcyo macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    Under system prefs -> Mobile me
    turn on 'iDisk Sync'. That lets you access your iDisk space offline and when you connect it will sync any changes. Then move your iTunes library over to that folder! Access it through me.com or offline on your machine. You can point iTunes to the iDisk since there is a copy on your machine.

    I do this to sync a folder between several computers
  7. rising j macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    Is the idisk a virtual, local drive (sort of like a folder) that is created on your physical harddisk? I am working on my some documents that I would like to always have backed up. Is there any cons with saving all my work onto to the idisk folder as compared to saving it into My Documents folder?
  8. rising j macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008

    How difficult is it to do something like this for a newbie? Is it easy to reverse if need be?

    I could only find one article describing how to do this: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050304003134620

    Are there better ways to do this? Thanks in advance. :D
  9. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    Old thread I know but I'd like to do this exact same thing. Anyone try this?

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