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iTunes Backups Suck Your Hard Drive Space – How to Fix It

The iTunes backups for your mobile iPhone device or iPad device will eventually suck up much of your hard drive space.  From the source article, this can be as much as 20% or more, depending on the amount of content iTunes is backing up.


To alleviate this problem, you can redirect your iTunes backup location to be an external storage drive, or a 2nd hard drive on your system.  By using a Windows symbolic link routine, you can take control of where the backup location will reside.

For this tutorial you’ll need to download NTFS Junction utility [free] and do some CMD prompt edits to bring it all together.  If you are not comfortable with the above, yet quest the solution, then I recommend getting someone a bit more knowledgeable with Windows to perform the task.

  1. So to begin, you need to download this free tool to create NTFS Junctions. (This is a tool provided by a Microsoft engineer on Microsoft’s website ironically enough)
  2. When you unzip that file, extract the junction.exe into the C:\Windows folder so that you can run in from anywhere.
  3. Next up, you need to move all of your existing backup files to their new location.  This could be secondary hard drive, or another partition, or even an external hard drive.  Before we move the files, make sure iTunes is closed.
  4. To move the files, open up a “My Computer” Window and type this into the address bar: “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync” (without the quote of course) and press enter.  This should take you into your iTunes MobileSync Folder where the Backup folder is located.
  5. You need to right click on the Backup folder and select “Cut”.
  6. Now navigate to where you’d like your backups to be located.  For me, I wanted them on the D: drive in a folder I created called “iTunes Backup”.  Paste the Backup folder to this location.
  7. Next you need to open a command prompt.  To do this, click on the Start button and type in “cmd” (again, no quotes) and then press enter.  A black window should open up that looks like this.
  8. Now for the easy part, creating the junction.  All you need to do to create the junction is type in the word “junction” then the path to where Windows stores the files, then the path to where you decided to place your backup.  So for me, I typed in: Junction “C:\Users\onelson\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “D:\iTunes Backup\Backup”  (Note that there are quotes around both paths since both paths contain spaces, these quotes are required).
  9. If everything worked correctly, the junction command should indicate that it created the junction

If you decide to use an external storage device be sure the device is powered on before you start the backup process.  Ya, some people are knuckleheads and will forget!

GetUSB.info did not write this tutorial, but we’d love to hear your feedback in our community.

Source:  TheiPhoneGuru.com.

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Converting Audio File Formats in iTunes

iTunes is much more than a digital music jukebox. It’s capable of handling many different tasks involving digital media. Some of iTunes’ most popular features include buying music and videos online, burning CDs, and syncing files with your iPod or iPhone. But one of the lesser known functions hidden within iTunes is the ability to convert audio files. Why would you need to convert an audio file? Converting audio file types can be useful in many different situations. Here are a few examples:
  • You have an AAC file in iTunes that’s not compatible with your Zune that can play MP3 and not AAC files.
  • A WAV file needs to be emailed to a client for approval but it’s too big. You need to convert the file to an AAC so it’s small enough to easily send via email.
  • You are making a music video and want to use a song you got online as the soundtrack. However, the editing program won’t import the song because it doesn’t support MP3 or AAC.
  • You need to remove the DRM (Digital Rights Management) from an AAC song you purchased from the iTunes Store (see step #7).
Many programs that convert audio files into different formats are pretty complicated and usually cost money. But not iTunes. iTunes is simple, fast and best of all… free. Tutorial: Converting Audio File Formats in iTunes methodshop Continue Reading

American Idol on iTunes

The biggest American reality show on TV has finally joined the iTunes platform. Fox Broadcasting, Fox Interactive Media and FremantleMedia signed an exclusive deal with Apple to bring American Idol audio and video performances to iTunes as single song-sized snippets available the day after they premiere on air.

Audio performances of the top 24 contenders run 99¢ per song, and videos of the top 12 finalists performances will be priced $1.99/each from March 11.

Apple will also become one of the show’s premiere sponsors and maintain a branded presence on AmericanIdol.com, where some free streaming performances can be seen.

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American Podcasting Audience Soars

The U.S. podcasting audience reached 18.5 million in 2007, according to eMarketer and was projected to top 65 million by 2012 with 25 million listeners downloading one or more podcasts a week. Ad spending on podcasts in the U.S. is also expected to creep up, from $165 million in 2007 to $435 million in 2012. Major podcasting networks like Revision3 are growing with the medium’s success by revamping their websites and adding new programming. If you’re not already a podcast consumer, then check out the podcast section in iTunes. There’s a lot of great stuff from tech shows to yoga workouts. And they are all free. I usually watch 5-10 podcasts a day on either my iPod Touch or Apple TV. Makes the bus ride to work much more enjoyable.

Here are a few favorites:
  • Diggnation – weekly rundown of the front page stories on Digg.com
  • Tiki Bar TV – drinking games
  • Unboxing Live – take a new gadget, and open it up while the camera is rolling
  • Midwest Teen Sex Show – explores topics concerning teen sexuality from gym class to syphilis
  • The Totally Rad Show – movie, comic books and game reviews
  • Make Podcast – how to tweak, hack, and bend technology any way you want
  • Play Value – the history of video games.
  • NBC Nightly News – the full TV broadcast sans commercials
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Apple TV Take 2: Movie Rentals, No Computer Required

Steve Jobs announced an update to the Apple TV at Macworld San Francisco this week as well as iTunes Movie Rentals, which were already rumored to be part of his Macworld keynote speech. Jobs admitted that Apple’s online video plan had been a disappointment and that users didn’t take to watching online video the way Apple had expected. When Jobs first announced the Apple TV last January, Apple’s initial video plan was too complicated for many people. Getting a movie or TV show onto your Apple TV required customers to buy the video from the iTunes Store, download it to their computer, then sync/stream the file using an Apple TV.

Although Apple has already sold 7 million movies, Jobs said: “That’s more than everyone else put together, but it did not meet our expectations.” Apple plans on overhauling their strategy by making 2 major changes:
  1. Adding a new online movie rental service
  2. Updating the Apple TV’s software so that viewers can stream movies direct from the internet sans (that’s Latin for without) computer.
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