2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2011 4:31 PM by Russell Massey
Russell Massey Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
I recently purchased a macbook air, and was going to use mainly as a travel computer, but I find myself using it more and more, and hardly ever using my macbook pro. I am contemplating switching completely over. My one big issue is syncing my iPhone and my iTunes content including mobile apps. The macbook air is somewhat limited in storage with 128 GB. I thought in an effort to maintain maximum portability and also storage space, I would move the iTunes library to a flash drive.

If I wanted to do this, I assume I simply have to drag the iTunes Library folder from my home on the macbook pro to the flash drive. Then I would just change the preferences in iTunes on the macbook air so that it knows the iTunes library is located on the flash drive.

Two questions if I have it so far. First, I assume it is not a problem to remove the flash drive so long as I am not accessing iTunes content. Please let me know if this is correct. I store my daughter's iTunes library on an external hard drive, but her computer is a desktop so portability is not an issue.

The second issue, is whether there are any other libraries or folders that need to be copied or transferred. I ask because I see certain references to mobile apps in preference folders in my user library. At least I think so.

Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

iMac G4, 2 MacBook Pros, 21.5 iMac, macbook air 11.6, 2 iPhone 4's, ATV, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,065 points)
    If I wanted to do this, I assume I simply have to drag the iTunes Library folder from my home on the macbook pro to the flash drive. Then I would just change the preferences in iTunes on the macbook air so that it knows the iTunes library is located on the flash drive.

    Change library by holding down the option key while starting iTunes.

    Two questions if I have it so far. First, I assume it is not a problem to remove the flash drive so long as I am not accessing iTunes content. Please let me know if this is correct.

    Correct.

    The second issue, is whether there are any other libraries or folders that need to be copied or transferred. I ask because I see certain references to mobile apps in preference folders in my user library. At least I think so.

    I have no experience with apps. Copying the preferences files will save you some trouble in setting up as long as both iTunes versions are the same.

    On the whole idea of using a flash drive, well, okay. I don't see a flash drive as being as robust and I would definitely make sure you maintain backups.
  • Russell Massey Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Thanks for the information. It is appreciated. I realize that a flash drive is not an ideal solution, but from my perspective, if I decide to go the route of ditching my macbook pro for the macbook air, I figure I have to come up with a solution that satisfies my storage issues as well as portability. A flash drive could work.