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Original AppleTV questions

I have a client with the original AppleTV unit.

At the office he has a 70GB iTunes library which I have created a script to copy to an external Hard disk which he takes home and connects to his laptop, which is connected to the AppleTV.

Originally I had thought that all that was required was to plug in the hard disk into the laptop, but I am wondering if either I need to tell iTunes that the hard disk directory is an additional directory which music is stored in, or I need to copy from the hard disk back to the laptop? Right now the stuff on his laptop and not his hard disk are syncing to AppleTV. If I specify the hard disk as an additional directory that the library should add, what will happen if the when the hard disk is not connected, and iTunes is started?

Would someone please clarify for me?


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roylongCommented:
You can only have a single iTunes library per mac user.. ..you can however add external items to the library - you have to import them and set the import to not copy or move the songs, movies etc.. ..they import to the library and are only actually available when the drive is plugged in - all existing items in that library will be fine with or without the drive.

An alternate method is to move the entire iTunes folder to an external hard drive and create a shortcut to the folder from the laptop/local computer.  This keeps all your iTunes items in one place (and mobile if you create a shortcut to the external drive on each of your target computers).

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networknAuthor Commented:
Hi There!

If we move the library to the external hard disk, what will happen to iTunes if we start it without the hard disk being attached? It it lose the connection permanently?

Can you explain in more detail about the process for your first paragraph?

These questions relate to a Windows 7 Laptop.
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roylongCommented:
aah, windoze :/
not as easy as mac - saw the apple and presumed macbook.

You should still be able to use the same method in my first paragraph - not sure how the shortcut would work on windows, presumably similar.  Starting iTunes without the hard drive attached if using second method, then iTunes will probably just complain about not finding the iTunes library.

So my first paragraph.. ..basically, when you copy/import songs or movies into iTunes, you have an option to copy/move or leave the media where it is, i.e. link to the original media. You need to change this in the application preferences then copy the new media on the external drive into the iTunes music library (drag and drop from open folder to open app on the mac - probably same on windows).
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akahanCommented:
On Windows, when iTunes starts up, it will look for the music in your music library in whatever location you have told it the music is supposed to be located.  If that destination is not connected (because it's a disconnected external drive, or a network drive), then iTunes won't find the music, of course.  But the library will be unaffected.   It will continue to list all the songs, but if you try to play one, it'll tell you it can't find it.  When you re-connect the disconnected resource, and restart iTunes, it will again look for the music in its library, and will find it this time, since now it's connected, and all will be well.

On the (old) AppleTV, a portion of your music collection is actually copied to the Apple TV itself (it has its own hard drive), and will be available for playback even if the external drive (or the laptop itself) is unavailable.
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networknAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the late reply, the client has been away, I have arranged a time to try these steps and will come back to you shortly.
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networknAuthor Commented:
I'll confirm the status of this once I make the change with the client later today.
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networknAuthor Commented:
I made the change and added the folder from the USB Drive to the Library, it's 80GB and looked like it was going to take an age. I will ask him to update me tomorrow.
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networknAuthor Commented:
Hi There!

Music has synced and is available via AppleTV but not the movies?

Any ideas?
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akahanCommented:
Do the movies show up in the iTunes Library?
In the iTunes library, do you have the checkboxes next to the movies checked?
In the settings for the AppleTV in iTunes, do you have "Automatic sync" checked?
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networknAuthor Commented:
I haven't been able to reach the customer as he has been away. I'll try again next week.
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networknAuthor Commented:
Things seem to be working ok as far as he is concerned.
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networknAuthor Commented:
Thanks to participants for assistance.
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