iTunes obsolete after 12 October?

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    On 12 October we will be able to download the new iOS5 onto our iPads. Can we then remove iTunes from our computers to recover, in my case, much needed space? Or, keep it for backup? Comments please.
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    it'll be kept on my computer as my main music storage location and for music listening when im working on my desktop.

    other than that, it'll be pretty redundant for me - my ipad will be wirelessly backed up to my portable flash drive once a week (which is what i use itunes for currently as i have no choice), and i purchase apps and music via my ipad anyway.


    it's actually a pretty good question - what exactly or essentially will itunes be useful for from now on?
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    As the OP suggested, will it still be needed for backups?

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    From what I understand you could get rid of iTunes and use iCloud as the back up but I'm still a bit reluctant about that. What's a couple of GB of data on a 2TB drive worth these days anyway?
    I'd be waiting for a while (maybe iOS 5.1 at least) until I seriously considered pushing the delete button.
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    You need to keep iTunes yes
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    Well, the video clips I've seen show your iDevice being backed up wirelessly, at night, when you're not using it ... to iTunes.

    So, for now, I see iTunes being needed as something the iDevice is being backed up to.

    For now...

    Marilyn
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    I appreciate all your useful comments to my thread. Thanks folks!
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    Apple will offer only so much free cloud storage (5GB, if I remember right), and I think they're only going to store content like music, books and apps, so you'd still need some place to back up everything else, even if you trust them to store music, books and apps.

    I'm not the trusting sort, so I back up everything, lol.

    If you go over Apple's cloud storage limit, you'll have to pay, or get free storage elsewhere.

    Also, cloud storage relies on an Internet connection (whether wi-fi, my-fi, 3G, 4G, LTE, whatever). If you plan to stream or otherwise draw a lot from the cloud, you will need a data plan with a big allowance. And if your data speeds are slow, that can affect your quality of music, video, etc.
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    I hate iTunes on my slow nearly 4 year old laptop, but I understand it works a lot better on Macs. My next computer will be an iMac, but I am hoping this Toshiba laptop lasts me for at least another year (until I get a salary- I'm student teaching this fall and spring and will be licensed in June) so I can actually afford one. But I'm glad iTunes will mainly be obsolete soon. I just plugged in my iPad yesterday to grab a podcast and to transfer a couple episodes of Breaking Bad and a couple movies onto it. It froze twice and took a good half hour just to do this. Aggravating!
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    The Windows laptop I synch to is 4 years old, too. I run XP and haven't had iTunes freezing problems since I ditched Vista on another laptop. I dread switching laptops, because it will involve switching over my iTunes stuff.
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    Unfortunately I have Vista on my laptop and I am scared/petrified I'd screw something up if I tried to downgrade to Vista or put Windows 7 on it.

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    They are following the same scheme as Amazon for the iCloud - iTunes media content will not count towards your total,* as they're storing it anyway. In my case, take that out of my total and 5GB is plenty of room (though I'd still rely on my AirStash anyway).

    cf http://www.apple.com/icloud/what-is.html
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    i will be keeping iTunes forever, why would you wanna delete it, seems like a strange question to me.....maybe because its running good on my Mac, and i stored a lot in there, and organized a big music library, with a few playlists.....and i play music with it.

    i usually update my iOS apps on my mac, create ringtones with iTunes, etc etc.

    i have older devices that will continue to rely on its support.

    keeper.
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    Depends on each user; that's why I included "if" in my post.

    I don't assume that everyone's needs will be the same as mine. I have lots of content not purchased through iTunes.

    In any case, I don't trust in cloud storage alone via Apple or Amazon. I back up everything. But to each his own.
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    Once I get an iMac, in a million years when I can afford one, all of my music is going back on it (it's on an external now since I have a small and old laptop) and iTunes will run beautifully. On said laptop though, which runs Vista unfortunately, iTunes sucks on it.

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    You lost me there...
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    As I wrote in the post to which you responded:

    "IF you go over Apple's cloud storage limit, you'll have to pay, or get free storage elsewhere."

    ... 5GBs might be plenty for some, and not so for other users.
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    I also run a 6-year old Packard Bell laptop (with XP) almost exclusively for iTunes without any problems. With the birth of iOS5 I will probably just run my desktop for daily workload and iPad2, the latter especially for travelling is fantastic, no more carrying heavies!
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    Guys just get an external HD and put you iTunes file on it. Then just keep the playlist that you're listening to on the laptop.
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    I have an external hard drive but I have a large collection so I would have to pay for it all on top of the free 5GB's. So I will be keeping iTunes on laptop.

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