Library management refers to organization and maintenance of collections of various types of media, such as photos in iPhoto or music and video in iTunes. Combine this tag with others specific to the type of library or app in question.

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com.apple.MediaLibraryService error in Console.app – how can I reset or edit its plist?

Does anybody know how I can reset com.apple.MediaLibraryService? I don't have any CPU or battery drain issues with it, but I can't synchronize photos to my iPhone anymore. As soon as I start iTunes ...
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Move some images from managed into referenced library (opposite of colsolidate) wit Photos.app

I am using Photos.app under El Capitan and would like to move most of my images out of the photo library, i.e. convert them from managed to referenced. Under Aperture, I have the Relocate command to ...
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Moving photos from one Photos library into another

We have two Photo libraries (one for my wife and one for me, different user accounts on one Mac, El Capitan). Now I would like to move most photos and videos from her Photos library into my Photos ...
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iCloud Photo library broken

I have three Apple devices: an iPhone, iPad mini (both running iOS 9.2.1) and MacBook Air running El Capitan 10.11.3. I have a library of roughly 7000 photos, which has up to now seamlessly synced ...
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How to sync iTunes to iPad

Now I have this iPad that's synced with my home iTunes. I need to add just one pdf onto it. So I installed iTunes here, but it won't sync iTunes to iPad. It wants to sync iPad to iTunes instead. Which ...
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Show Picture in Photos App

I have a referenced Photos Library (pictures are not copied to the Library File) and sometimes I am browsing my Finder structure and want to view a file (that has already been imported to Photos) in ...
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How do I copy my Mac library / iTunes / iPhoto to my Transcend Jet Drive

I just got myself the Transcend Jet Drive to upgrade my MBP 13" retina with another 128 GB. Read a lot of reviews on that, still can't seem to understand how it actually works. I am not a tech geek ...
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3 devices. icloud library

I have 3 apple devices (one phone and 2 Ipads). If I turn off icloud library on my phone can I delete photos on my phone without deleting them on the other two devices?
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How can I move or replicate my Apple Music iTunes Cloud Library to Spotify?

I have been using Apple Music from day 1, but I'm disappointed and want to move back to Spotify. Is there any way at all to easily replicate or move my entire library from Apple Music to Spotify? ...
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Move album from a library to another

I've put all my pictures into one Photos Library, then made albums with photos by year. For example, album 2010 contains all my pictures related to year 2010, it could be photos taken in 2010 or ...
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All images offline after clean install

I upgraded to OS X El Capitan via a clean install. While erasing the disk, I renamed it from Macintosh HD to Hard Drive. After installation, I copied all data from an external hard drive back into its ...
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Unable to reorganize iTunes Library

I have been keeping my iTunes Library by allowing iTunes to reorganize the folders based on the metadata of the songs. Since some time ago (I don't know exactly when) iTunes is no more doing it. I ...
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Can I add song to an Apple Music playlist, without adding them to 'My Music'?

I like to keep my iTunes library ('My Music') clean and only add albums I really like. However, I also like to have playlists with songs I just like a bit. I do not want these songs to show up in 'My ...
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Thumbnails for old photos are wrong in Photos app

I imported a large number of old photos into iPhoto, and I then updated to the new Photos app recently. After the update, the thumbnails on the old photos are incorrect. They are just thumbnails of ...
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Trouble setting up separate iTunes libraries for iPhone and iPod

I've searched on here and elsewhere on the tubes on how to use separate iTunes libraries but it does not seem to be working. My iPhone 5 has all my podcasts, about 4 albums worth of music, books, ...
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can I trash my mail folder

My mail folder is using a lot of memory. Can I simply empty the folder in the Application Support folder or do I have to throw mail in the trash using the Mail program?
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Adding external photos to iPhone library in correct order

The last 3 years I've been making photos on my iPhones which have now turned into a nice collection on my phone. I love looking at those photos as they are all sorted by date, which is nice to scroll ...
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“Read only” iPhoto library archive

I have a very large iPhoto library and a part of it is old and doesn't have to be modified. To distinguish this part from my whole iPhoto library I will name it "2000_archive". The version of iPhoto ...
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Connecting iPhoto to external drive

Would it be possible to create iPhoto "repository" on an external USB hard drive, so that every time I would plug the drive I launch iPhoto, I could manage my photos?
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Display iPhoto library name in application title bar

I am working with multiple iPhoto libraries and it isn't always clear which one is currently open when launching iPhoto. How can I display the name of the iPhoto library in the application title bar ...
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iTunes library on usb drive connected to NAS not recognized anymore

I have my iTunes library on an external usb drive. I have no problem accessing it when it is plugged directly to my mac. I've recently bought a NAS device which allows me to connect a usb drive to it ...
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How can I merge iTunes libraries while keeping metadata?

A tale of my iTunes libraries: Getting songs on the iTunes store on my mid-2002 eMac (Mac OS X 10.1 Cheetah installed, 10.2 Jaguar updater thrown in the box) Updated to 10.3 Panther, then 10.4 Tiger ...
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Delete old “Faces” and other data and thumbnails in iPhoto 9.5.1

I split my iPhoto Library into two by: Duplicating it Deleting most old photos from the new one I will continue to use (and emptying the iPhoto trash) Deleting the photos from the archived one that ...
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How to transfer iTunes library between user accounts on Windows?

I have Windows 7 and the latest iTunes. My original user account, where my library is, seems to have contracted a virus so it's sky-rocketing my internet usage. I created a new user account, but I ...
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Shared Music and Photos

We are just transitioning to Mac computers having used PCs for many years. (We both use iPhones & share an iPad.) Our new hardware setup is 27" iMac (1TB HDD) for wife's home office, 15" retina ...
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Multiple iTunes libraries - podcasts merged after 11.1 upgrade?

I use two iTunes libraries (Windows7x64, shift-key on iTunes launch) to manage content for several different devices (iPhone 4S, iPod Nano, iPad2), and have been doing this for a couple of years. ...
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Library sharing suddenly stopped working

I have three Macs on the same local network, all running iTunes 11 (one running 11.0, the other two running 11.1). As of today, suddenly none of the computers' libraries appear on any of the others as ...
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Recover Bookmarks, Mail, iCal and more after HardDrive upgrade

I have allowed myself a new SSD HD for my MacBookPro. Now since i had a case-sensitive HD (don't aks) and i wanted to get rid of it and also finally install Lion, i didn't copy the image of my old ...
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How do I move GarageBand's Lessons and other libraries to another drive?

I'd like to move GarageBand's lessons ("Learn to Play") to another drive. How do I tell GarageBand where to look to find the files? Some context : I removed my Late 2009 MacBook's SuperDrive and now ...
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Terminal script for compare and delete unused Library folder and files

I am cleaning up my Library from junk on an MacBook Air (MacOS 10.8.4). Over time I have downloaded, installed and deleted Applications (they are no longer in my Applications folder). However, lots ...
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How can I post a photo to instagram that was on my computer and not taken from my iPhone?

I want to use a photo from my computer and put it on my instagram account. The problem is that when I go to choose the picture, its not shown in the list of images in the /DCIM/100APPLE folder. I ...
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How to get iTunes 11 to Group by Album Name

tl;dr Is there an easier way / hack to get iTunes to display albums by album name? Currently it splits albums up by artist, then sorts the album names A-Z. Going through and manually changing the ...
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How can I backup my entire iTunes Match library to an external disk?

My built-in SSD is relatively limited when it comes to storing all my media files, which is why most of my iTunes library lives in the cloud via iTunes Match, for streaming on demand. In the near ...
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Reduce iTunes match bitrate

I have iTunes match with a decent library (12k+ songs) on my Macbook Air. I'm running out of free space on my SSD and noticed that the size of my library has doubled since I signed up for iTunes ...
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Enabling “Copy items to the iPhoto Library” in iPhoto

I've been using iPhoto for some time but I had disabled Copy items to the iPhoto Library option at the beginning. Now I decided to let iPhoto manage all my pictures. I enabled Copy items to the ...
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Itunes Library main vs shared

I recently moved by itunes library from my pc to an external hard drive and updated to itunes 11.0. After doing this, when I click on my music I can see two separate libraries. One is just under ...
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How can I reliably move photos from an iPhone and iPad to a Mac without losses or duplicates?

I have a MacBook, an iPhone, and an iPad all using the same iCloud account to sync photos, among other things. There are photos on the iPhone in its Camera Roll, Photo Stream, the iPhoto app, and ...
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iTunes Shared Libraries on iOS

I have a number of iTunes users in my household, and most of us choose to share our extensive iTunes libraries over the local network. This is all well and good when I want to listen to something on a ...
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“The iTunes library file cannot be saved. A folder was specified instead of a file.” …what?

I just updated to iTunes 11. Now I get this error: Huh? Some Googling turns up people with this problem in iTunes 7 & 8. That was a while ago. They suggested various things, including ...
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Transferring iTunes library after Windows upgrade broke link to some songs

I replaced my hard drive and upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Some of my songs were in one (or perhaps a few) folders which no longer exist. The songs exist in a new location. I know I can ...
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Same iTunes Library between networked Mac and PC

I have a home network that contains computers with both Macs and PCs. I'd like to use the same iTunes library on all of the machines, so I moved the library folder and all of the media to a network ...
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Can iBooks be synced from an iPad to a new computer to save my documents?

I formated my Mac after a few years of work and forgot to do books backup because iPad was lightly used. As a result all my books stuck on the iPad and if I want to add some new from a computer it ...
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How to manage remote music library but at the same time have some music still on the MacBook (preferably in sync)?

How can I keep my whole music library on my NAS and comfortably access it and manage it there and at the same time have a music selection locally stored on my MacBook that I can manage while away and ...
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How to replace an MP3 or M4A in iTunes with a higher quality file, without having to re-do playlists containing the track?

I have in my iTunes library some songs that, years ago, I ripped from CDs at bit rates of only 128kbps. Storage is cheap now and I'd like to replace those songs with higher-quality versions (e.g. ...
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How to rebuild iTunes Library with altered file locations without losing playcounts|ratings etc

My iTunes was set to make copies of all the music that it imported and keep it's own library within the iTunes folder. I wanted to delete my original files but deleted my iTunes copies instead. Now I ...
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Alternative to iTunes for managing videos?

I'm getting tired of fighting with Apple's iTunes to get it to play my non-iTunes media. I've tried the 32-bit trick, and MOV files I remove from the library and add back no longer show up in the ...
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Can I Have Multiple iTunes Libraries?

Is there a way for iTunes to have multiple distinct libraries? The actual problem I'm looking to solve with this question stems from my desire to use iTunes Match. It would appear that I can't use ...
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Two Photo Streams, one iPhoto library

My wife and I share the same iPhoto library, which exists on a mounted disk image with each of our user accounts pointing to this same shared library. We each have iPhones and I wondered whether our ...
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What is causing my ~/Library folder to be come visible again?

At some point after Lion system updates, my ~/Library folder becomes visible again, in seemingly spontaneous fashion. If I make it invisible, it will become visible yet again. What could be causing ...
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Where does iPhoto'11 store its photos?

Does it work like Aperture and store files in its own directory? If so, where is this? I'm debating on dropping Aperture to save space on my hard drive, so want to know how iPhoto works before I ...