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HT2729: iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and syncing videos

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HT2729 Download TV Shows & Movies to only ONE device.

319 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2013 1:39 PM by crisnyc RSS
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Mar 25, 2013 11:56 AM

I purchased some TV series from iTunes, to play on my iPad.

 

I don't want or need to download these TV shows to my MacBook as well.

 

How can I prevent the TV shows from downloading to the MacBook?

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 17 inch
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,565 points)
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    Mar 25, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to crisnyc)

    If you mean that they automatically download from the store then you can turn that off via iTunes > Preferences (command-comma) : automatic downloads.

     

    But you should take a backup of them - if anything happened to your iPad there is no guarantee that you will be able to re-download them from the store (content providers occasionally remove their items).

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,565 points)
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    Mar 25, 2013 12:54 PM (in response to crisnyc)

    I forgot that TV shows and films don't appear there. I assume that they copy over when you sync the iPad to your computer ? If they do then you can take a backup copy of them when they do, and then delete the film/tv show files from your computer, but leave the 'pointers' to them in your iTunes library (i.e. what you would click on to play them in iTunes) - that should stop iTunes from copying them back again from your device next time.

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