iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

Summary: A recent Apple Support Note warns of an iTunes cache folder that can swallow your hard drive. Even better, the size of the cache can be bigger than the sum of your photos.

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A recent Apple Support Note warns of an iTunes cache folder that can swallow your hard drive. Even better, the size of the cache can be bigger than the sum of your photos.

The problem is really about syncing photos with your iPhone or other iOS device, according to the note.

When you use iTunes to sync photos to iPhone, iPad, or iPod, iTunes creates a folder called "iPod Photo Cache" in the top level of the folder you selected for your photos. Picking another folder to sync does not erase the previous iPod Photo Cache folder. Depending on how many photos are being synced, your hard drive could fill up.

The fix is to dig down into a Library package and pull out the folder.

There's a bit of additional information at the bottom of the note that says that the iPod Photo Cache folder "can be larger than the actual size of photos being synced."

Sweet! It must be a feature.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Apple Microsoft

    So instead of fixing it so the folder replaces itself, you have to go hunt for it and delete it... Are you SURE Microsoft didn't buy Apple and never told anyone??
    fotostuf
  • ZDNet is going downhill fast

    Who approves this drivel?

    Who? They all should be fired.
    itguy08
    • RE: iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

      @itguy08 You have some Kool aid on your chin!
      Droid101
    • RE: iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

      @itguy08 My guess would be someone who's covered the Mac market and other technology segments for 20 years.

      He should be fired for pointing out a support note on Apple's site? Why?
      rtk
      • RE: iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

        @rtk
        There are millions of these notes on Apple's web site.
        There are millions on Microsoft's.
        Millions on IBM
        Millions on Dell

        Will we get more of these juicy "tidbits" every day?

        I want the 5 minutes of my life back. It's utter drivel.
        itguy08
      • RE: iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

        @rtk

        @itguy08: It took you five minutes to read 15 lines of text! Oh my g*d! How long did it take you to type your original reply? I have a sneaky feeling it took a lot longer than 5 minutes
        Mike062
      • RE: iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

        @itguy08

        Millions of support notes on Apple's site for an OS that "just works"? Unpossible!

        "Will we get more of these juicy "tidbits" every day?"

        Let's hope so. If it's an MS support note, can we expect the same attitude from you?
        rtk
      • RE: iTunes: The incredible growing iOS photo cache

        @rtk

        Apple hating is treandy. MS, Google, Adobe; all the big ones have issues.

        feeling insecure about your platform? Or something else?

        see you in 6 months when your hating on google.
        jessedegenerate
  • Is Apple trying to stop us throwing away unwanted folders?

    You'd think so judging from this sort of drivel!
    Laraine Anne Barker
  • my iPod Photo Cache folder is empty.

    my iPod Photo Cache folder is empty... so.... not sure why. I sync my pod, pad, phone with my mac laptop. Empty folder wont bother my HD. Anyone else have the same?
    eyecoin