New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Apps and Games Discussion of applications and games available for Mac OS X.

Sparse Disk Image to save iTunes content?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Command Alt Ego

 
Command Alt Ego's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 29, 2010
Posts: 74
Command Alt Ego is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Mid-2010 15" MBP; late 2012 11" MBA; iPhone 5

Command Alt Ego is offline
Hello everyone and Happy New Year -

My MacBook Pro is arriving tomorrow; until then I've had a PC. I do own an iPod classic. Part of the reason I wanted an iPod classic, was to take advantage of its 160 gigs so that I wouldn't have to keep, let's say, 100 cd's of store-bought music on my new MBP's HD. Since I do have iTunes, I realize that the importing goes only from your computer to your iPod, and that if you move your music files off of iTunes, the next time you sync your iPod, you'll lose whatever music had been on your iPod (if you've deleted its copies from your iTunes). But I do know that you can set iTunes to not automatically sync with a device; that you can manually manage music. You can import a cd of music to iTunes and manually drag the new album to the devices sidebar in iTunes, and stick the album manually in your iPod -- without iTunes syncing anything. So, theoretically, you could delete 100 gigs of music off your HD (in iTunes), save space that way, manually manage your iTunes and whenever you happen to add new music, you could manually drag each album or song or video right to the device. The music you'd already loaded on your iPod would still be there, even after you've deleted the same content from iTunes.

I tried it, deleting a single album from iTunes (to avoid disaster if I messed up) and adding a new, different album. I set iTunes to manually manage music, then dragged the new album right to my iPod in "devices". I checked (after I ejected the iPod) and the album I had deleted from iTunes was still on my iPod -- along with the new album I'd just dragged there.

This would seem to be a way to free up a lot of HD for people with a ton of content on iTunes.

Obviously, you'd want to back up your iTunes content before you deleted it. So my question is, could you create a sparse disk image (to save space, again, on the HD) and make it, oh, 300 gigs big max, and drag your iTunes music content into it? Then you'd have all your iTunes music nicely saved (either on your HD, but much compressed) or anywhere you wanted to copy and save the sparse disk image.

Does this make sense, or is there a problem with my idea? Maybe there's a better way?
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Burner Unrecognized | Sharing files between different versions of apps »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Sparse, Time machine and Itunes Problems Taylor-Made OS X - Operating System 2 11-02-2010 10:19 PM
new image disk back up blowyn OS X - Operating System 0 01-15-2010 10:37 AM
iTunes content on a shared hard drive jeffreyzwerner Music, Audio, and Podcasting 2 12-27-2009 10:56 AM
Safari and Facebook Problems MrTissues OS X - Apps and Games 7 02-26-2009 05:01 PM
disk image issue rianm7 Switcher Hangout 3 02-10-2008 07:59 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:33 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?