Offloading your iTunes library to your NAS

iTunes is a great app to sync your iPhone or iPad and does a lot more then that too. Unfortunately Apple hasn’t designed it to officially support a server component. Apple seems to actually provide a real iTunes server and so those who would otherwise be happily centrally locate a media library on a perfectly suitable NAS are stuck with islands of music. Building a multi-user iTunes server that works isn’t the easiest thing to do. However it is easy to take your iTunes library and move it to a NAS. If you aren’t to sure what a NAS is read our blog on Managing your media and data effectively with NAS.  

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Moving your iTunes library to your NAS isn’t the house iTunes server but it does get your data off of your computers local hard disk drive. If you do this it will give your SSD some space on your Mac. To do this you need to have the library management function turned on in your iTunes. To locate this it’s in the advanced tab of the iTunes preference pane. Then Keep iTunes media folder organised.  This will then give iTunes control over where your media library. You will need a NAS or at least another computer with an available network share. If you were to just drag and drop the files you will lose metadata, which is kept in the iTunes database.

Make sure the network share you want to use is mounted, and that you’ve got the correct permissions on it. Create a target directory inside the share, so that you have a specific folder to add it to. Then go into iTunes and open the application preferences pane and click advanced tab. You want to select change for the iTunes media folder location and change it to the network folder you created on the NAS. When you okay that change it will ask you if you want to move and rename files in the new location to match the ‘Keep iTunes media folder organised’ preference and say yes. On the top menu bar of iTunes you need to go to file, library and select organise library. This will start what could be a very long file copy and if the copy completes successfully you are done.

It is important for that share to be mounted before iTunes starts up. By adding your Music volume to the Login items section of your account under the users and groups system preference panel. If you start iTunes without having its NAS share mounted it will freak our and say your library files are all missing which you don’t want. This benefits those who’s music libraries are huge and take up a lot of space on the drive however it wont much change for those with a small library. 

Siri and the Good Samaritan

Previously one our blogs talked about Find my iPhone app, which is easy to set up and use. However if you are the finder of the lost phone and want to be a Good Samaritan and the phone has a passcode then you can just ask Siri. 

By tapping and holding down the home button you will activate siri. You can ask her “Who owns this phone,” “whose phone is this,” Who does this iPhone belong to” or “Who does this phone belong to.” Siri will then respond and display the information of the device’s owner. However Siri can be cheeky so if you do ask her “Who’s iPhone is this” or “Whose iPhone this is” Siri will respond with Apple.com

For this to work you as the device owner needs to make sure that it is correctly set up in your phone settings. To do this you need to go to your device settings and select Mail, Contacts, and Calendars. Then scroll down till you see ‘My Info’ under the subheading, Contacts. It will then show you your contacts you may need to add yourself as a contact if you haven’t already. Another thing you can have set up is the medical ID through the health app. To learn more about that check out our blog - http://www.macsupport.com.au/mac-support-blog/2015/1/7/medical-id-feature-that-could-save-a-life

Dropbox Mac app

If your Mac is running OS X 10.5 or older and you use Dropbox you will have issues in May 2015 as Dropbox will no longer support older versions. So this is people who have Leopard or other older versions of the operating system on their Macs.  Users who are still running these older operating systems will need to upgrade to continue using the future versions of the Dropbox app.

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Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be signed out of the Mac app and will not be able to sign back in until the newer operating system has been updated. You will not lose your files and photos with this new upgrade however you will not be able to access the app. As this is only taking effect mid May users and Mac owners have plenty of time to upgrade their software and maybe even hardware if needed. 

If you can't update your operating system because you require more space then contact us and our experienced Brisbane Mac technicians can help you out.