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Help With Itunes/External Hard Drive

 
 
Getstew
 
Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 08:43 pm
Unfortunately, I'm one of those people that can hear what's missing from ripped music (even at the highest bit rate) and want to rip all of my CD's using Apple Lossless. I do not have the space on my laptop's drive, however.

I'm going to leave all comedy/spoken word stuff on my laptop's hard drive and will also be downloading podcast and radio shows on a daily basis to the laptop drive.

Is there a way to rip all my music to an external drive (Lossless), sync the music I'd like to my Ipod (again from the external drive), unplug the external drive until I'd like to update the music on the ipod, then still synch newly downloaded stuff daily (from the laptop drive) without losing the music that was synched from the external drive?

Hopefully that makes sense. My guess is that if the external drive is unplugged, music on the ipod will be removed when I plug in to sync newly downloaded podcasts...etc.

Anyway around this? I know it can all be solved by just keeping the external plugged in, but I have limited space and don't want to do that.
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 09:14 pm
@Getstew,
I think you can do this by simply setting your device to sync manually.

When the device is plugged in go to the summary page and under options check the manually manage music and videos check box.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1535
Getstew
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2011 09:55 pm
@parados,
I like your thinking and really appreciate your help! I read through the link.

If I'm syncing manually, and only add new podcasts that have been downloaded to my PC, wouldn't that sync then remove (0ver-write) the music that was previously on the ipod?

Thanks again for your input!
parados
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 10:25 am
@Getstew,
Some of it may depend on the copyright protection on the files. I haven't tested that.

All my files are from my own CDs so I have never had a problem connecting to a computer that doesn't contain files on my ipod. I can still sync other files without it deleting files from my ipod that are no longer in my itunes.


Links to deleted files still exist in itunes until you delete them from itunes. It might cause error messages if you try to play them when itunes can't access them. I discovered this when deleting duplicate files. I had itunes find duplicates, deleted the actual file using file manager then went to itunes and deleted the link that gave me an error that file was not found.

You may find you can transfer to a new disk. Reset your library and then not have an issue when you turn the drive off. Itunes isn't checking all the links so it won't care unless you try to access that file.

The simple way to test this is move the location of a file you have in itunes and on ipod. See if this causes issues. If not, then try multiple files.

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parados
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 10:30 am
@Getstew,
Getstew wrote:



If I'm syncing manually, and only add new podcasts that have been downloaded to my PC, wouldn't that sync then remove (0ver-write) the music that was previously on the ipod?


When I manually sync new music, I just drag and drop. Any attempt to do an autosync of video, books or music, gives me error message that everything on ipod will be deleted.

Oh.. and manually dropping a playlist on the ipod forces all the music files in that playlist to be added to ipod. It's easier than having to copy music one file at a time.
Getstew
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 09:16 pm
@parados,
Thanks so much! This is worth trying at the very least. From what it sounds like, I should be able to drag music in from my external. I have subscribed to numerous podcasts. Will these still update automatically or will I need to somehow drag them to "Podcasts" to access them? Thanks again, just trying to get an idea if spending the money on a large external will work before I take shell out the cash.
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