How to move your iTunes library to a NAS

Given how many functions iTunes is actually used for these days (iOS syncing, app shopping, and book, music, and movie buying), it’s easier than ever to forget what it was originally used for: listening to music. But of course that’s still the software’s main function, and if you want to move your entire library over to an NAS — which stands for network-attached storage, or a hard drive that connects up to a local area network — then this writeup from Ars Technica has you covered.

The easiest way to share an iTunes library in this way is simply to move the mp3 files (and then re-add them to whatever installation of iTunes you’re using), but as Ars says, that will lose all of your collected metadata so far. If you want to actually keep all of your extra data, however, you’ll need to actually move your folder location in iTunes to your new NAS folder, and then tell iTunes to copy over all of your collected music and data.

Dear Aunt TUAW: Buy an iPad mini now or wait?

Dear Aunt TUAW,

Would you suggest this generation of the iPad mini is worth getting, or waiting for the next-generation, which may have Retina display is a better option?

Apple wins patent rights to new curved glass process

Apple has been granted patent rights for a new process using high temperatures to shape and mold a curved glass casing, similar to the one currently on newer Samsung devcies, as opposed to the very flat screen found on the iPhone 5.

This exact patent doesn’t have a huge influence on Apple’s actual production line, and definitely doesn’t portend anything as interesting as a new iPhone design. But it does show that Apple has been researching how to make this kind of curved glass for a long time, and that the company’s very interested in finding more and easier ways to make its world-famous device components.

Instagram target of class-action lawsuit

Photo-sharing service Instagram received a lump of coal in its stocking this holiday season. After Instagram changed its Terms of Service recently with the alleged intention of selling user photos, there was a loud outcry from the user community and many users deleted their accounts with the intention of moving to Flickr and other services. Now Instagram is on the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract violations and was brought by class-action legal firm Finkelstein & Krinsk on behalf of Lucy Funes and others. This is quite interesting, considering that almost immediately after the uproar over photo ownership began, Instagram reiterated to the public that nothing much had changed in the Terms of Service.

New tablet owners share Christmas tweets, iPad on top

Anecdotal evidence from Twitter suggests there were a lot of new iPads under the Christmas tree. According to a graphic spotted by Andy Baio, the number of people proclaiming this is my “First tweet from my iPad” eclipses those tweeting for the first time from their Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 or Surface tablet. There’s no source for the data, so we can’t confirm that its accurate. If it is true, the iPad was the gift to give and receive this holiday season.

New tablet owners share Christmas tweets, iPad on top originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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