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NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)



Is there anyway to set up a "one way syncing" between the iTunes library on an iMac and an AppleTV?


I have limited hard drive space and whatever I download on the AppleTV is only for watching on the TV and I do not need or what it on my iMac.


Also, a major problem is that after syncing, my AppleTV purchases are erased from the AppleTV.


I also have to quit iTunes and open it again when I have synced a video to AppleTV or else any further sync will remove those videos.

I have been trying to figure out a solution for a long time.


Can anyone help?


(I have the grey AppleTV with the hard drive)

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    I don't recommend it, but you might want to take a look at this.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks, Mr. Prime Minister, but that doesn't suit my needs.


    I was hoping there was just a detail I had overlooked or something in the whole syncing process.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    Your solution is to let it work the way it's supposed to and get yourself an external drive for your growing iTunes library.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    I was wanting to know if I am doing it right or if there was a setting I may have missed.


    It is annoying that when I buy a movie on the AppleTV that it has to be deleted when I sync with iTunes and have to transfer it back again.


    The solution to that is of course to only buy on my iMac and then sync, but then I have to wait for the movie to download on the computer and then copy it to the AppleTV - whereas I can start watching within minutes when u buy it on AppleTV.


    The current sync has been going for over an hour and a half. It is trying to transfer 15 movies from AppleTV to my library despite the fact that there is no room on the drive.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    Winston, I'm going to move things around on the external drive to get more room.


    I'll have to move video files to another drive first, but I need to figure out how to keep some of the data like Date Added and such.


    Thanks for the input. ;)

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    You shouldn't lose any data or tagged info, if you move your files correctly.


  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks, Mr. Churchill.


    I had just read that, but will that also keep my Date Added?


    Once I move the files and folders, and partition the drive and then put them back on it, won't that be considered a new import to the library?

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    Only if you import. Basically moving your library to one location and then another doesn't import anything.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    Cool, do I just have to move eeverything and just open iTunes?

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    I'm not exactly sure where you are trying to move things from or to. However, let's assume your iTunes library is is currently in location A, and for what ever reason you wish to reformat the drive where location A is located.


    You are going to temporarily need to move your library to location B, which lets say is on an external drive. On the external drive locate where you wish to place the temporary library, create a folder, call it what you wish, maybe something like "my temporary library".


    Now go to iTunes and open the preferences and navigate to the advanced tab. Under the section that is called "iTunes media folder location", click on the change button and locate your "my temporary library" folder. Also check the checkbox "keep iTunes media folder organised".


    Close the preference window and navigate to the iTunes file menu, and from the library option select the organise option, when the window opens check the box that says consolidate and click OK.


    Depending on how large your library is, this may take some time, once it is complete, play a few tunes etc, to make sure it works properly, after which you can then erase location A. After all this is done you can do the whole process over again, to put your iTunes library back where it was.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks, Winston.


    There is just one minor thing.


    I remember that a year or so ago my movies used ti appear as files in the Movie subfolder, but not each movie has it's own folder.


    Is there anyway to refert to having them list as just the files again?

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi again,


    I have changed the media folder location and okayed Consolidate Files, but nothing is happening.


    Shouldn't Consolidate Files "import" the content?

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    Yes consolidate should start to import the folders from their previous location to the location you have selected as your new iTunes folder.

  • NeddySeagoon Level 1 (5 points)



    It didn't though.


    And I was tried again a few times and accidently selected "Reorganise files ion the folder...".


    Now that is greyed out and can't be undone, I think!!!


    However, that didn't impot them either.

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