So the reviews have started coming in for jOBs, Apple TV got an update and so did your other iOS devices, Vine got launched, got pulled, got tweaked, got 25% less sexy, and a whole bunch of other stuff, so let's see what's cooking in the hot pot of news this week.
iTunes 11 may barely be a couple of weeks old, but that doesn't mean Apple's latest media player software didn't arrive with a few bugs and quirks, but some of those have now been stomped out with the first minor update.
We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
Whether you’re moving to a new Mac, or just switching up that machine that you sync your iOS or iPod device with, moving your library can be a daunting task. Fortunately, the process is relatively straight-forward once you understand a few basics of how iTunes stores your data. The method that we’ll use in this article not only copies your audio and media files over, it also retains your ratings and playlists. Follow along with this guide to move your iTunes library to another computer.
When you find a hefty folder of files on your Mac with a name you’ve never heard of, don’t assume you don’t need it. As a rule, unless you’re completely sure, don’t delete files within the System or Library folder on your Mac unless they relate to a specific, non-Apple application. Never blindly get rid of fonts that the system uses, and never try to move your user account or any of the files within it from its original location.
If you're running room out of your hard drive and would rather not bother with the task of upgrading it, you can try relocating your iTunes and iPhoto libraries to an external drive. iPhoto’s pretty open to the idea of moving home. Simply close it and copy your iPhoto library (located in your Pictures folder) to an external volume. Now re-open iPhoto while holding down the Option key and select the library you just moved from its new location. Check all is working okay, then you’re free to delete the original iPhoto library in your Pictures folder.
It's a fact: as your iTunes collection gets bigger, the amount of free space on your drive gets smaller. Sure, you could stuff your computer's internal drive to the gills with as much media as you can jam in there, but as Macs require a reasonable chunk of drive real estate to keep on puttering along in a trouble-free fashion, we'd advise against this storage strategy. What to do? You could buy a larger internal drive for a little more breathing room. You could bite a bullet and delete a few thousand files from your enormous collection of music, movies and television shows, but that's a pretty extreme fix. If neither of these solutions appeal to you, how about transferring part of your iTunes library to a spare external drive that you've got laying around? Yeah, that's the ticket! Here's how to do it.