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Long question simplified..what can you do you do if don't want to own a pc but want to back up your photos (get them onto a sd card or USB stick) and possibly have you iTunes library handy?
I would of thought time capsule but from what I understand it won't do either, or some other type of portable hard drive.
Seems like something Apple would have out already. I've got a MacBook Pro and it's turning out to be a $1500 USB stick to keep my photos on lol.
Kind of confusing why there isn't some type of Time Capsule like thing with an app for your photos/iTunes library?
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If you dont own a PC, then Apple wants you to use iCloud and iTunes in the cloud to sync

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To expand on louishen's answer: iCloud won't store all your photos in the cloud. The Photostream feature will hold up to 1000 of them but new ones bump old ones off without a Mac or PC to sync to.

iCloud will do a GREAT job of syncing photos to your computer but iCloud won't store your photos permanently.

Another option you might consider is Flickr Pro -- $25/year and you're allowed to store all your photos, no matter how many, at full resolution (which of course means you can download them to a USB stick -- but you still end up needing a computer of some kind of course).

There are many third-party apps that can be used to "beam" photos onto NAS storage devices, but I haven't explored the option.
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Great thanks for the help. Guess I'll be keeping my MacBook for a while though I'm going to look into the Flicker idea.
Now I'm wondering if iCloud will keep them in there permanently if you buy extra storage?
Or possibly a Macmini without a screen? Does anyone have any thought on that? Seems like it would work pretty good.
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Now I'm wondering if iCloud will keep them in there permanently if you buy extra storage?
As long as you keep paying every year for the extra storage, yes.

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Or possibly a Macmini without a screen? Does anyone have any thought on that? Seems like it would work pretty good.
The "server" version of OS X has a "lights out" mode that allows for remote administration. I'm not sure the "client" version of OS X can reliably work this way.
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There's an App - PhotoSync that I use for wireless syncing back to my Mac but it can sync to many online and local services - like FTP/SFTP on a NAS drive etc.

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Thanks guys. Going to look into these options.
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