Tuesday 10 July 2007

Mac on SBS - iTunes Add to Library import...


A simple setting can mean the difference between a Mac running and a Mac not running when importing multimedia into iTunes.

Howz that? Well, if someone has a Windows Home Server, or other device with a large multimedia repository, one could end up in a storage pickle on their Mac.

If one wants to catalogue the contents of those folders on their Mac via iTunes, there is a setting therein that could cause a problem.

After clicking File-->Add to Library and navigating the Folder Chooser to the shared multimedia folder, iTunes goes off gathering a list of the contents of the folders. If, after starting that process, one walks away the little 160 GB drive on this particular iMac could have eventually been plugged up!

It seems that iTunes also pulls a copy of the multimedia file across the network onto the local Mac machine.

Ummm.... Not!

The following setting change is critical to avoid that kind of situation:

Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library

One needs to make sure to uncheck that option before starting the Add to Library process. This way all of the multimedia files are catalogued in iTunes only. :D

Might want to verify if iTunes on PC also does the same thing.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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