Speaker: (What's cracking?) Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Bite for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple.
Now, right now, I'm somewhere laying down and oiled up in the tropical island but we aren't gonna leave the Apple Biters like you without a show plus we also have a killer giveaway we're sticking around for so we're making this a (short plus sweet?) e-mail where we take your questions and also read some of your more interesting ones.
Now Andrew Walker writes in and says, is now a good time to buy the Macbook Air because of all the rumors of a 15 inch?
Will the existing models get a Spec Bump.
Now, Andrew if you're looking for a 15 inch laptop, I would just wait to see if the rumored 15 Air is something you really want.
It's not for everyone.
Laptops will last you a lot longer and you don't have to upgrade them every year so if you're in the market for one, my advice is to wait for the exact model that you want and for sure we'll probably see Spec Bumps as well.
Now, Lana James writes in with I just got an iPhone and I'm annoyed by having it jump into my settings all of the time.
Is there any easier way to do this like Android does?
Now, Lana, I'm happy to tell you there is...
And this is probably one of my new favorite things.
A UI and visual designer named Jeff Roderick created the links and polished icons that will get you quick access to your specific settings so all you have to do is just go to the webpage, (brdrck.newflashsetting?) on your iOS device and you'll see an arrangement of icons for the services we use the most.
Now once you select something like Bluetooth, all you have to do is either install the shortcut or just add that specific page to your home screen.
If you add it as a homepage screen, you'll have to launch it a few times before it works but after that, voila.
It will jump directly to your iOS settings and it will look good doing it.
You guys can thank me later.
Now, Alex Bean writes in and says can you make the full version of Foxy Lady?
Alex, we're working on it and we also received some awesome snail mail from you guys right here in this mailbox after I asked for it.
Now, I'm gonna look inside and our friend, Tyler Ganon.
He sent us this amazing card from his iPhone directly to us.
And then Mario Arguetta, he sent us this Steve Jobs (Fun?) so Thank you so much.
You guys are so kind except...
Where did this half eaten Apple come from?
Well, it was very good.
Oh, let's take a break to something we still constantly get asked all the time.
How do I remove iTunes on its own drive?
Let Mr. Donald Bell help me answer that.
Speaker: Is your iTunes media library hugging up too much space on your computer?
I'm Donald Bell and I'm here to show you how to run your iTunes library from an external hard drive.
If you have a massive iTunes library filled with music, movies and podcasts, it's not a bad idea to (??) that content on to a separate external or internal hard drive but transferring that library isn't as obvious as dragging dropping your iTunes folder on to a new drive.
It's not hard but to do it right, you got a little iTune do the work for you.
To get started, open iTunes and make sure the drive you want to move your library too is connected to your computer and ready to go.
Next, go into your iTunes preferences.
On a PC, you'll find it under the Edit menu and for Mac, it's under the iTunes menu.
Click under the Advanced tab on where it says iTunes music folder location, change location to a folder on your external hard drive.
Next, make sure that Copy files to music folder option is checked just to ensure that any new content you download or rip into iTunes gets transferred into the new location.
After that, hit the okay button.
Now, you're not done yet.
Here's one of my big step to take before iTunes really start moving your library to the new location but before we commit your computer to a could be a few hours of transfer time, stick a moment to do some general iTunes housekeeping.
Delete any old podcasts you're not listening to or maybe some movies or TV shows you never plan on watching again, there's probably a lot of clutter in your library that you don't need to waste time copying.
A couple of minutes here could save you hours of transfer time.
When you're ready to make the transfer, click the iTunes file menu then go to Library and select organize library.
You'll see a Windows options here for consolidating and organizing a library.
Check them both if you can but the critical one here is the first option for consolidating files.
If you're gonna take all the files reference by iTunes on your computer, your movies, your music, your audio books, podcasts, TV shows, it's gonna copy it over to the new location on your external drive.
It will take some time and remember it's not deleting the old files.
It's just copying them to the new location.
If you're feeling confident, later on you can move your old iTunes media files on your local drive to the trash can after the transfer is complete.
Then check again to make sure everything is still working and then permanently delete the old files.
Watch out for deleting your local iTunes ITL or XML files though as it might still be used to your playlist and ratings.
Once that's settled and all your precious iTunes content is running smoothly from the external drive, you can finally pat yourself on the back.
Unless the drive is powered off or disconnected to iTunes, remember to load your music library from the external drive every time it launches.
Without the drive connected, iTunes will temporarily revert back to the internal drive in function for things like streaming podcasts, internet radio or downloading stuff from the iTunes store but you won't be able to play your library content without connecting back up to the external drive.
For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell hoping to give your iTunes library some extra breathing room.
Speaker: Thanks, Donald.
Now, we also have tons of you who are still writing about this one.
Lionel asked, the colorful case used on your show, is it a case or a wrap for your phone?
Lionel, it's a jelly skin and because I love them so much and you guys want them so much, our friends at jelly skins have hooked up the Apple Bite with 10 free codes worth $25 that you can use on their site.
Now it could be a jelly skin for your phone or laptop.
You'll be too getting (console on Evidor?) and iPad like mine but it looks great and it showcases some amazing independent artists so all you guys have to do is watch last week's episode.
Only all of the food items that were piled on to me, we'll randomly pick the winners and announce them next week.
That's gonna do for this week's show.
Send us your e-mails to the AppleBite@cnet.com.
I'm Brian Tong.
Thanks for watching and we'll see you next week for another bite of the Apple.