I work with a ton of music both for personal enjoyment and professionally.
I collect tons of track from my DJ connections.
Although I have 2 – 256 GB SSD drives in my main macbook pro rig…
Space is always a concern.
Before iTunes Match, my music library was around 110 GB.
iTunes Match has liberated nearly all 110 GB and I still have instant access to any track.
How I set it up.
1. I ran the iTunes Match setup to get all my tracks into the cloud.
2. I have an old mac mini with several external drives connected. It functions as a media server.
I copied the entire library from my mbp (macbook pro) to the Drobo that is connected to the mac mini
3. I set up the iTunes to access the library on the Drobo
4. I ran iTunes Match from the mini (to be sure everything was synced)
5. I deleted all the tracks from my mbp. (this was the scariest part)
6. I installed Dropbox on the mac mini
7. I created a folder in my dropbox call “Add to iTunes Server”
8. I use the app Hazel on the mini to move files from “Add to iTunes Server” to the folder inside my iTunes library called “Automatically Add to iTunes”
*now as I am collecting music on my mbp all I have to do is
- drop the tracks into my “Add to iTunes Server”
- they get slurped into dropbox
- hazel moves them into iTunes
- iTunes puts them in the cloud via iTunes Match.
and minutes later…
I have access from my mbp that is taking NO hard drive space.
This is a beautiful thing.
I have now freed up a ton of hard disk space.
I am preparing for the day when macbook pro’s get cannibalized by the macbook air line (and hard drive space is a premium)
Now if I could figure out what to do with my massive aperture pic and video library.
I am currently testing an app call “MemoryCloud” which is a really cool concept.
It allows you to put all your images and videos in the cloud, but leaves a “smaller optimized” file locally.
You can retrieve the original at any time.
The only problem for me is that it crashes everytime I try to use it.
The dev said he is working on it so I am hopeful this concept can work.