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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos Apps
Apple's BackUp 3 (BU3 for short; part of .Mac) provides a nifty 'plan' (a BU3 term) called Purchased Music for backing up iTunes purchased music. And with the introduction of iTunes 6, one can now purchase video content such as music videos and TV programs/video.

So what's my point here? Well the BU3 Purchased Music plan selects all purchased content files, which will now include video files. If you're like me, I've been backing up my Purchased Music to my .Mac iDisk for safe keeping. Today when my scheduled Purchase Music backup Plan ran, it failed because it choked on insufficient space on my iDisk. This was not good, and I wasn't happy at all. So, what to do. Well there are probably several way to fix this, but here's what I did.

The iTunes purchased music files have a .m4p suffix, and the video files have a .m4v suffix. Noting this, I first renamed this file...

/Library -> Application Support -> Backup -> QuickPicks -> com.apple.iTunes.PurchasedMusic.quickpick -> [Control-click and Show Package Contents] -> Contents -> Versions -> 1.0 -> Resources -> DefinitionPlist.strings

...by adding a .ORIG suffix, and then made a copy of it using its original name. I then used vi to edit out this string:
or (node.name.pathExtension = 'm4v')
Now I re-ran my BU3 Purchased Music backup plan, and it ran successfully because the purchased video files weren't being selected. BTW, I had purchased Desperate Housewifes, Pixar's For the Birds, and a few music videos. These all added up to some 750 MB.

I believe Apple needs to re-work their Purchased Music plan with the introduction of iTunes 6. Quite likely they need to add a "Purchased Videos" plan as an option. Maybe I'll create this one for myself, or if someone else gets to it first, then maybe they can post it back here for the rest of us, as I believe it's really needed now.

BTW, I first tried to de-select these *.m4v files in BU3's template Purchased Music Plan, but I wasn't able to accomplish it. This plan has the "iTunes purchased music" Quickpick present, and presumably the trick was to somehow also exclude the .m4v files down in the iTunes Music folder. I did try selecting "+" and deselecting them, but BU3 seemed to be confused about what it was I was trying to do. So I gave up and went about modifying the Quickpick file as described above.

Hope this warns others about iTunes 6->Purchased Videos->BU3 impacts especially if backing up to iDisk->Backup.
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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: mark hunte on Oct 18, '05 08:55:44AM

You do not need to use vi to edit these files you can use Textedit.app

Also look at this hint and you will find you should be able to create your own video QP.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050925070418778





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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: mark hunte on Oct 18, '05 09:06:46AM
This may work... test at your own risk, I do not have any of the files.
"Node Specifications" = (
    {
        "Graft Paths" = ({doNotCrossFilesystemBoundaries = 1; pattern = "~/Music/iTunes"; }); 
        "Node Specification Archive Version" = 1; 
        Operation = Include; 
        "Prune Paths" = (); 
        Qualifier = "(typeCode = 1751868514) or (typeCode = 1295270432) or  (node.name.pathExtension = 'm4v')"; 
        "User Action" = Log; 
    }
);
"Atomic" = 1;
"QuickPick Definition Archive Version" = "1";
"DocumentType" = 0;
also go into the the (in my case) English.proj->infoPlist.string and change the info to reflect your files info.
"Description" = "Backs up only the Video files purchased from the iTunes Music Store and iTunes playlists in the iTunes folder located in your home folder.";
"QuickPick Info Archive Version" = "1";
"Name" = "iTunes purchased Video";
I change one of my files extensions to m4v and it seemed to work ok.

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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: mark hunte on Oct 18, '05 09:15:44AM

OK THAT BACKUP SOME ITUNES FILES, BUT NOT THE FILE.
I think it because its not a real one.

let me know how it works for you.


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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: TheJoker on Oct 18, '05 11:06:53AM

Do you have any idea how to get the Backup-Plan for purchased music to search for files that are not in the "normal" folder. I moved my complete Music to an external disk and Backup can't find anything there. Any help more than welcome!
Joachim



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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: barrysharp on Oct 18, '05 09:24:42PM

Presumably you would change the ~/iTunes/Music (see above poster's QuickPick example) to point elsewhere where you keep your iTunes Music on ext HD.

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Regards... Barry Sharp



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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: bjsvec on Oct 18, '05 05:33:26PM

I have a problem backing up my purchased music to iDisk as Backup3 finds more purchased music then I actually have. In my case iTunes says something like 45 items for 185MB, but bu3 fails telling me it tried to backup 146 files for 290MB. Any tips on how to find what these files bu3 is looking at?



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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: ourstanley on Mar 29, '06 02:32:29PM

I had a similar problem with iTunes only showing 175Mb of Purchased Music but Backup finding over 8Gb!

Using the hint above as a starting point I created a copy of the com.apple.iTunes.PurchasedMusic.quickpick and then edited the DefinitionPlist.strings file to remove references to video files and reference to file type 1295270432 (this seems to gather all bookmarkable files - which had included all my Audible.com audiobooks and all my podcasts).

So my new DefinitionPlist.strings file looks like this

"Node Specifications" = (
{
"Graft Paths" = ({doNotCrossFilesystemBoundaries = 1; pattern = "~/Music/iTunes"; });
"Node Specification Archive Version" = 1;
Operation = Include;
"Prune Paths" = ();
Qualifier = "(typeCode = 1751868514) or (typeCode = 1295274016) or (node.name.pathExtension = 'm4p') or (typeCode = 1295275552) or (node.name.pathExtension = 'pdf') or (node.name.pathExtension = 'xml')";
"User Action" = Log;
}
);
"Atomic" = 1;
"QuickPick Definition Archive Version" = "1";
"DocumentType" = 0;

and Backup is now only selecting 237Mb to backup to my iDisk - much more manageable, though I may still play around to get closer to the figure of just 175Mb.

Thanks for the hint(s) showing me which files to fiddle with.



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How Apple could sell lots more .Mac memberships
Authored by: gshenaut on Oct 18, '05 06:28:03PM
Look, Apple owns the iTunes music store, right? And, there are already copies of every audio and video file in the Apple->iTunes database, right? Well, why not give .Mac members the right to back up an unlimited number of purchased audios & videos, simply by keeping track of what they've purchased and allowing them downloads in perpetuity from their .Mac account? This would cost Apple almost nothing, it would free up disk space for many .Mac customers, and it would add tremendous value to the .Mac concept.

Whaddya think?

Greg Shenaut

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How Apple could sell lots more .Mac memberships
Authored by: sjk on Oct 18, '05 10:57:25PM

I think that's a smart idea.



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How Apple could sell lots more .Mac memberships
Authored by: adrianm on Oct 22, '05 06:03:12AM

It's a fairly naive idea. If apple did this, it would be *their* responsibility to keep all *your* music.

What if they decide to drop music from the catalog in 20 years.... 5 years.... 6 months? they'd have to ensure you could still download it if you wanted it.

This is like expecting the local cd record shop to keep a pristine copy of every vinyl record you ever bought in case you lost yours.



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How Apple could sell lots more .Mac memberships
Authored by: damacintosh on Oct 19, '05 07:04:33AM

Great idea! I also always felt that we should be able to re-download a music file after it was purchased. While I do keep a backup of my system it would be nice to have a 2nd option. And as a .Mac member I agree it would add tremendous value to using, signing up for, and renewing a .Mac subscription.



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.Mac Backup 3, iTunes 6, and purchased videos
Authored by: adrianm on Oct 22, '05 06:17:28AM
Like must apps, Backup 3 looks for it's resources in multiple places, so rather than hack the original quickpick, just create a new one based on a copy in the ~/Library/Application Support/Backup/QuickPicks folder.

Don't forget to give it a different name and edit the .lproj/InfoPlist.strings so it has a different short name and description.

These quickpicks are versioned, so it's likely that Backup 4 will still read the quickpicks you put in your own home dir.

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