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Questions tagged [library-management]

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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Is there a way to reroute files downloaded from a specific domain to a new folder?

This seems like a really simple issue and perhaps I'm overthinking it. My specific use case for this is: I've downloaded a pdf/image/etc. from a website I'd like to take that file and move it from ...
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Backing up my iCloud Photo Library

Currently I use a Mac mini as a home server. Photos.app on it is configured to download full resolution originals from iCloud, which then gets copied by a script to a backup directory on a third party ...
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Two Library folders in Mac [duplicate]

I'm cleaning up my MBP and found two Library folders, one of 3.37 Gb and the other 9.75 Gb. Why are there two of them, and more importantly, how can I reduce their sizes?
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symbolic link vs. alias

Disclaimer: I work with programmers, but am not one myself and have no real / formal knowledge of how an OS works; please be patient if the following makes plain my ignorance :) I am trying to ...
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How should I migrate my iTunes library to a larger external disk while preserving metadata?

I currently have a set up where my default iTunes Library (of ~550 HD movies) resides on a 2TB external HD. I share this library and use it to serve my Apple TV/other LAN devices. The drive is close ...
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Restore iTunes 12 without losing song ratings

iTunes has been acting up lately (album cover disappears, glitches when adding ID3-less tracks), and I want to erase my Library and re-add manually my music to iTunes. I know some data is written in ...
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Multiple “copies” of audiobooks in iTunes

I am using iTunes on Windows 10. There are multiple "copies" (air quotes) of most (not all) audiobooks in iTunes. I used air quotes because when I search the PC for the books, there are only single ...
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Where is the iWork shape library stored?

I created a Custom Shape Library via iWork and would like to share it within my company. Where is this library located so I can copy/paste it to all other users? I already found where custom ...
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Adding non-Apple Store eBook to iPhone

I have a number of eBooks (ePub) either from free sources such as Gutenberg, or purchased elsewhere. I can open them easily enough on my iMac with eBooks, and I gather that they are in my library (...
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How do I delete photos from Apple Photos retaining only those marked as favorite?

This should be a fairly easy task to carry out, but I cannot seem to figure out a straightforward way of deleting all but favorite photos from the Apple photos app. One workaround is for me to create ...
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How do I restore/find my System Photo Library in Sierra?

When I try to open my photos file I get: Photos cannot find the system photo library named "photos Library.photoslibrary" You can open another library and set it as the System Photo Library in ...
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Manage external USB drive in iTunes as if it was an iPod

Is there any way to manage an external USB drive in iTunes as if it was an iPod? Specifically, have it appear as a device in iTunes, and be able to specify which playlists, etc., should be synced to ...
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iTunes Shared Library missing artist artwork

When accessing an iTunes library shared over the local network, why do the usual artist images not appear? The album artwork appears just fine.
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Photos Library: .photoslibrary file taking double of storage space in Photos app and Document Folder

As you can see in the screenshot below the Photos app is using 53,1 GB of the total Disk Storage, but also the Documents Folder has a .photoslibrary file of 50,34 GB. I tried deleting the file from ...
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How to find cause for iTunes not exporting library XML?

My iTunes XML export has not been working for months but I need it for DJ software like Traktor Pro. I would like to find and fix the problem and can't reset the database. When trying to export the ...
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Profiles - maintaining programs on different profiles

I'm currently reading a book, The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference; Vol. 1: Digital by Michael Bazzell and Justin Carroll. They specify many different types of user accounts and insist ...
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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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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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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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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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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 I'...
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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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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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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 rebuilding ...
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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 ...