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Question: Can I safely remove ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications without destroying my back up?

I back up my iOS devices to my mac. But as of iTunes 12.7 apps are no in iTunes. Is it necessary to keep the ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications folder? It is very large and if I don't need it I would like the space back.

Mac mini, OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)

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If you won't be using those applications on your devices, no. If you will, you may lose the ability to if they're removed from the iTunes Store and you no longer have a copy on your computer.


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Nov 13, 2017 11:20 AM in response to Niel In response to Niel

Sorry, I don't follow you, Neil. It seems Apple has removed the ability to install an iOS app from itunes in iTunes 12.7. I am assuming all that gets backed up in itunes is your app files and settings?


Looking at I back up my ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications folder nothing has been updated since about the time iTunes 12.7 came out on 9/12 even though I back up my iOS device at least weekly.

I am assuming that going forward, one can't backup apps from iOS to the Mac for reinstallation?

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Nov 13, 2017 12:05 PM in response to Niel In response to Niel

Let me clarify a bit to be very precise.


No apps seem to be being backed up to ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications any more. So if I don't care about using this workaround for apps that are no longer in the store anymore, is there any reason to keep this directory on my Mac? at 31GB it is a sizable chunk of disk.

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Nov 13, 2017 1:22 PM in response to michaelbierman In response to michaelbierman

If you won't be using those applications on your devices, no. If you will, you may lose the ability to if they're removed from the iTunes Store and you no longer have a copy on your computer.


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Nov 13, 2017 1:22 PM in response to Niel In response to Niel

Understood. But I've confirmed that that folder hasn't been updated since iTunes 12.7 was released on 9/12. So no new apps will be put in there going forward. Apple Support confirmed that as well.


While it is true the whole idea of local backup to the mac was to circumvent apps removed from the store, I never actually used that feature and, since itunes won't have any apps put in that folder going forward seems like a big waste of disk space to me.

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