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How do you manage your app collection?

11-04-2010, 01:40 AM
#1
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Posts: 567
How do you manage your app collection?

I'm sorry if this has been posted before, please point me up to any existing discussion if it exists!

How do you guys manage your collection of apps and games? After purchasing many apps as well as downloading hundreds of those "limited time free" apps, my iTunes is now slow and buggy and lags worse than a snail, especially when choosing apps to sync. Not to mention trying to click update all apps is almost impossible (>200 updates and always fails). And after months of using both my desktop and laptop AND a friend's computer followed by multiple computer reformats, I'm quite sure I have many forgotten good apps/games.

I've way too many itunes "Receipts", and going through them all seems like a slow and tedious process.

So the question is, how do you guys manage your collection? Do you stash the IPA files away from iTunes to make it perform better? Do you keep an excel sheet of downloaded apps? Or do you just finish a game and permanently forget it?
11-04-2010, 02:16 AM
#2
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Germany & Tokyo
Posts: 1,101
Quote:
Originally Posted by spyky View Post
I'm sorry if this has been posted before, please point me up to any existing discussion if it exists!

I've way too many itunes "Receipts", and going through them all seems like a slow and tedious process.

So the question is, how do you guys manage your collection? Do you stash the IPA files away from iTunes to make it perform better? Do you keep an excel sheet of downloaded apps? Or do you just finish a game and permanently forget it?
I just crossed the 1000 Apps mark which equals about 26GB of data.
I just a few days ago took the pain of going thru my email receipts and turn them in an excel sheet.

of of these apps are ´active´ in my iTunes lib. But also I check daily for updates.
I always think about slimming the lib out, but then I cannot keep track
of what´s going on. Sometimes a dev comes back to their old app and submitt an update that makes it actually playable or something.

Some optimization or categorization in iTunes would def. be nice.
Even a simple Star-rating system like with the music files would be nice.

But I guess for now there is only the hard way to manage them.

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11-04-2010, 02:53 AM
#3
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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I've deleted every free app besides 3 and my library totals 489 right now, about 37gb of data..I have 234 games on my actual 32gb 4th gen, but yeah..I've played about 30 of them.
11-04-2010, 03:48 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 735
I have them in categories If they don't make the category they go off the device or into a redundant folder.
11-04-2010, 04:35 AM
#5
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,096
Apple unfortunately provides very poor (and that's being nice) app management.

There really is no good way to do it (maybe there is if you JB, I wouldn't know since I'm not JB).

I have over 1100 apps (most were free of course, thanks to appshopper) and yeah, itunes is laggy as hell when scrolling thru the list to choose what to sync. It's completely horrible. And why can't we pick apps to sync from the regular apps list?!

iTunes is so horribly archaic. It's like Apple thinks people only have a few dozen apps at most. It too them a while to realize gaming is actually something do on this platform. I guess it'll take them a few years to realize many people collect tons of apps after a while.
11-04-2010, 06:45 AM
#6
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: USA
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I have my games into two folders, games and apps. About 150 games, and 20 apps. I use FolderEnhancer off of cydia.

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11-04-2010, 06:50 AM
#7
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Upstate NY/USA
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I keep all my receipts on file labeled per year on a few folders. I've done this since buying my first game/song/app. I know they are also on file in iTunes but like to keep my own.
I've never totaled any for fear of what I've truly spent.

As for the apps on the device I label each according to genre (as most probably do) and have a "Worthy" folders for ones that don't fit into those categories and keep a lite folder for any lite games I'm trying out and all secondary games are on the full pages behind the folders page.

So far this has been the most effect way of managing my receipts/apps.
11-04-2010, 07:01 AM
#8
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: India
Posts: 964
Well, for starters, I have now stopped downloading every game which becomes free. Next, I deleted every app that had not held my interest. I am down to 200 from around 600. For the apps that I have, I have category based folders. It's still cumbersome. The final answer as of now has been to not keep apps that are not going to be used for that "just in case" reason.

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11-04-2010, 07:15 AM
#9
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Swansea, UK
Posts: 8,376
Just like my closet. I collect junk for months and one day get sick of seeing it, so decide to have a clean out that takes hours and almost kills me.

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11-04-2010, 07:20 AM
#10
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Germany & Tokyo
Posts: 1,101
Quote:
Originally Posted by spidey View Post
Well, for starters, I have now stopped downloading every game which becomes free. Next, I deleted every app that had not held my interest. I am down to 200 from around 600. For the apps that I have, I have category based folders. It's still cumbersome. The final answer as of now has been to not keep apps that are not going to be used for that "just in case" reason.
Yes that "just in case"-Issue is the real problem here!

Maybe i would also be able to cut down to 200 or so. But the problem is I don´t know which games I like later.
I ONLY download what I find interesting. Even if it´s free!!!
And still I amassed such an amount of apps.

One possibility could be you can remove Apps from the lib display panel and still have them in your library, so you just don´t see them anymore.

But if I remove them I never play them.
And I also NEVER keep LITE versions for long.

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