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Trust no one when it comes to your data, not even Apple

If you're depending only on Time Machine to back up your Mac's hard drive, you've failed. If you're depending on iCloud alone to back up the data on your iPhone, your photos, and other important information, you've failed. And if you're depending on iCloud Photo Library or iCloud Music Library to keep your pictures, videos, and music safe, you've failed.

My pal Jim Dalrymple feels badly burned by Apple Music this week. He recently posted about his experience at The Loop and says:

Over the weekend, I turned off Apple Music and it took large chunks of my purchased music with it. Sadly, many of the songs were added from CDs years ago that I no longer have access to. Looking at my old iTunes Match library, before Apple Music, I'm missing about 4,700 songs. At this point, I just don't care anymore, I just want Apple Music off my devices.

Jim took responsibility for not backing up his music library in the very next paragraph, and he's absolutely right: It's his fault he doesn't have those music files anymore. It's not Apple's.

In the end, make no mistake: Backing up your data is your job.

Should what happened to Jim have happened at all? Absolutely not. Entering and exiting the Apple Music ecosystem needs to be a seamless, flawless process. If Apple's screwed that up, they've absolutely failed.

For my part, I haven't bothered to turn off Apple Music yet to see if or how it screws up my music library, which like Jim's includes thousands of songs I've collected over decades of ripping music to CD. Unlike Jim, I still have almost all my CDs (minus the ones that have gotten accidentally broken). Also unlike Jim, I backed my shit up, so I give precisely zero damns about what happens with Apple Music

I've gotten burned by lack of backups before. I've lost years of archived email and documents simply because I didn't back up my Mac. Last year I uploaded my entire iTunes music library to iTunes Match to save local hard drive space because my Retina MacBook Pro's SSD isn't big enough for everything. It worked, for a while. Then as I was doing what I thought was some careful culling of music I no longer listened to, I accidentally deleted half the library in the cloud.

It would have been tragic, if an older copy of that music library hadn't been cloned to another Mac on my home network. That and Crashplan, a third-party service that backs up my Macs to their own cloud service, helped me rebuild my iTunes music library.

Customers come in my store every day with broken computers and iOS devices that contain, in some cases, years of precious photos of children's birthday parties, anniversary dinners, in some cases images and video of dear friends and relatives who have passed away. Sometimes heroic measures are able to recover the data on these devices, but ultimately it's a crap shoot.

Don't leave your information to fate. If you're not backing up your data, you're screwed. If you're only backing up your data to one source, you're not backing it up at all.

Learn from our mistakes: Don't rely on Apple. Don't rely on anyone. Back up your data now.

72 Comments
  • That's the main reason I have an external hard drive with my iTunes library, files, photos, etc. on it. I've lost all my travel and family photos/files/hard copies of music due to a fire, and that's not gonna happen to me again. External hard drive that gets kept in a fire safe keeps me from being quite as worried now.
  • I do the same, only I keep my backup drive at work.
  • I'm the same, I have my Mac, then my iTunes library on an external, then my Time machine which backs up both the External and Mac. I'm about to invest in another drive to backup the backup. And I think I should look into something like crash plan as well. I'd die if I lost my 12,000 songs in iTunes Match :-(
  • Guess I'm I'm luck i have about 20 songs only on my hard drive. And 1 album I bought on Xbox music when I owned a Windows phone. Spotify premium and Pandora is all I use for music. I guess I'm one of the people artists Hate being a streamer. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I'm thinking this might be the best way to approach Apple Music. Use a clean iTunes library and add the music from Apple Music. If you can't find something on Apple Music that you own drag in a copy of it to the clean iTunes library might be a better approach. Shouldn't be necessary but might solve some of these issues.
  • I did a backup of my library, then enabled Apple Music. It did such a horrible job combining my library (tons of duplicates and "not available") with Apple Music that I did just that, I erased my Apple Music iCloud library and started from scratch and just added what I'm currently interested in by hand from Apple music. I only added in the roughly 50~100 songs that I own that aren't available on Apple Music.
    The biggest downside of this method is that there is nearly nothing I "own" in my current library that I can sync to an iPod, etc. I have to maintain two libraries. One the Apple music library, the other is my own personal "owned" music. I'm just going to keep them separate.
  • You are young no? I have been keeping music on my computer long before streaming was even an idea I imagine. I have probably over 20 GB of it that I have passed down from four computers.
  • Good advice Peter. Storage is so cheap; sometimes "free". EVERYONE back up your data now! My music library for instance is now > 50GB. I have 1 copy in the living room; 1 copy in the kitchen; 2 copies is the basement; 1 copy on my work laptop; 1 copy at mom's house; 1 copy on OneDrive; 1 copy on Box. Back up your data! Also another copy in each car!
  • Thats an interesting scheme... Lot of hard drives to gather up when you want to add data to your backups huh...
  • Problem I ran into is when you have multiple backups is that if you are not religious about it they become out of sync with each other.
  • Not too difficult - I use my MBA as the 'master' and after adding new music I run FreeFileSync to sync to my Synology NAS & my iMac. I have Google Music Manager on the iMac which auto uploads. I don't let iTunes near my music collection. Sent from the iMore App
  • Not difficult at all. The Master copy is in the living room. When I update the USB stick I walk to each system an update it from the same USB. Takes 30 min to copy 50GB. When I'm done that stick goes in the car. When I visit mom I check her computer and put a copy on her PC.
  • God I love synology products. Sent from the iMore App
  • "I backed my shit up". Yes, Peter, an informative article but I'm reading it rather than conversing with you on the street. Can't you, as a journalist, achieve a modicum of class in your articles rather than shooting me this type of jive talk?
  • It says NSFW at the top of the article.
  • "Jive talk"? LOL. You just reminded me of Airplane. Love that film. I'll have to watch it this weekend. "Excuse me stewardess, I speak jive." Peter your NSFW articles are great. However, I could use a bit more profanity though. When I see NSFW I expect NSFW. Sent from the iMore App
  • Apparently the concept of "NSFW" is lost on you... Peter does these "NSFW" articles where he lets his proverbial hair down and gets "Captain Obvious" blunt, and sometimes salty because there are people that need to be told some things in that manner... Next week, skip the NSFW column so your delicate sensibilities aren't offended.
  • You're missing the point. It's still a written article by a journalist, not a verbal discussion. (Mmmm I'd like to know what my friends would say if I told them I'd been accused of having delicate sensibilities). At least your observation and my response didn't have to include items we'd use in verbal intercourse. See I found no need to use the slang word for "intercourse". lol
  • Verbal intercourse... I'm offended.
  • Uhm... your attempt at humour isn't working and what's worse, your
    "LOL"ing yourself makes you look even more the douche bag then your mere words paint you out as. Please go away and find somewhere else to apply your trade of being an insufferable bore!
  • Ur a fuckin pansy brev. NSFW= possible profanity. Deal. With. It. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Who the hell comes to imore expecting any level of professional journalism? The guys that runs it couldn't produce an objective article even if he wanted to- the articles regularly have spelling and grammatical errors and the moderators are laughable and insult anyone who doesn't agree with their opinions (see above). Sent from the iMore App
  • I like a mix of Monthly Carbon Copy (USB) and daily Time Machine backups (to my NAS).. Gives me a OMG disaster backup and a easy to rollback to backup.. I've not trusted cloud backups; plus I have so much data it'd take weeks to upload.. lol
  • The point is to NOT trust any one source of backups. A monthly and a daily isn't as good as a monthly and a daily and a cloud backup. Don't trust any of them. My own backup is a daily clone of boot drive, hourly time machine backups (to an external separate from NAS because it backs up the NAS too), hourly cloud backups, plus some things in dropbox (also backed up to time machine and cloud), some things in Google drive (again backed up by time machine and cloud), music in iTunes Match (plus time machine, plus cloud), photos in icloud photos (plus time machine plus cloud). And additionally selected important folders daily to an "oh crap" mini-SD card that I can yank at anytime and get out of the house. Plus every single backup location, including the cloud, is encrypted.
  • I wonder how big your ‘Backup Carbon Footprint’ is.
  • I have my photos backed up to iCloud and Google Photos. I like multiple backups.
  • I don't completely agree. It is our responsibility to backup data, and it is smart to do it. But when a company offers a service, it is definitely THEIR responsibility to make it work, work well, and not do anything destructive to the user's data, hardware, etc. It is absolutely THEIR responsibility, but it would be smart for the user to protect himself against THEIR failure to uphold this responsibility.
  • Agreed Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • And if a company fails and does damage or lose your data, you can restore from your backup and move on. That's the entire point here - you don't permanently lose your data. Yes, it's stressful, yes, it's time spent fixing it, but you don't lose anything.
  • I don't agree Peter. It is Apples fault he lost them. It is JD's fault he didn't have a backup. (I too am beyond amazed that he doesn't have a time capsule.)
  • Right, and I think the "YOUR responsibility" thing misses the point. Imagine if he had backup, so what? So what? He would still have lost his data where he was using it, and would have had to restore it. It would still be Apple's fault for causing that inconvenience, only he would have protected himself against their failure.
  • "only he would have protected himself against their failure." EXACTLY! Thats the whole point, you have to protect yourself from a bunch of different scenarios. Hard drive crashes, cloud service corruption, whatever problem can happen... It's like blaming the hard drive manufacturer for losing all your data when the drive crashes. It's your fault for not protecting yourself from failure.
  • It is certainly the hard drive manufacturer's responsibility to make their hard drives work, and work well and long. If their hard drives do not work as advertised or do not work for a reasonable amount of time, of course they are responsible for the loss of data. The same applies to those who make medicine, cars, etc., although it is smart for the consumer to perform the proper research. It would be foolish to say that since the consumer is responsible for his own life, those who make medicine and cars do not have the responsibility to make safe and working products, and that they have no responsibility when their products cause injuries and deaths. The reason it is smart for the consumer to protect himself is precisely because the companies often fail in THEIR responsibilities, as in this case with Apple.
  • You refuse to see the difference between being responsible for your own data and the responsibility of a company to offer services that don't corrupt your data. Both have responsibilities. Putting all the responsibility on a company is fool hearty.
  • There is no need to debate this anymore. I just realized that you are right: It is not my responsibility to convince you, but it is your responsibility to agree with me. It is not my fault that you're not doing your part, so I'm out of here.
  • e. When your hard drive crashes and you lose all your data, because clearly you don't back up, let us know what hitachi or western digital does to take responsibility for their part in your loss..
  • Exactly right. All the manufacturer would do is replace the defective hard drive, IF it's under warrantee. That is ALL they'll do and all they are responsible for.
    The analogies that antiprotest makes about pharmaceutical companies and automobile companies are seriously flawed as well.
  • What? Are you being deliberately obtuse?
  • I remember when I first signed up for the Apple Music service and it showed on the far top right it was doing something with iCloud, sending info about my library and I was like, what? I don't even use iCloud so what is it doing. I only had it doing that for a few minutes before I thought I better stop it but still it messed some things up. My music library is large at around 25,000 songs so it would be hard for me to start looking but I hope everything is there. I do have backups though. My iTunes library is close to 6TB in size and I always have at least one backup copy of it. What I did notice was cover art for things got messed up, mainly for TV shows and I don't even know if it was just the iTunes update or Apple Music that did that. I didn't do a back up right before the update or make note of my songs/tv shows/movies but I will from now on. I never used iCloud mainly for 2 reasons, security and the reason you stated in your story about letting someone else manage your backups/data. I never do that. I'm just kind of obsessive about being in control of my own data and backups. I don't know how I could trust anyone else to do this. Doing so is asking for a disaster I feel. So much time has been put into my media in iTunes and keeping it neat and organized though. After what happened to people recently I really don't want to go anywhere near these new services. Trust has been damaged. I understand Jim made an error in not having a backup and can't blame Apple in a way. It would still be a inconvenience in the least to have to see what is gone and have to restore it. Just having to do this even damages trust. Like him I have many duplicates since I'm silly. I will have just a CD release from Japan from a band because it came out from Japan and has a different song set. Or other things like many compilation albums where songs over lap with best of's and other albums. I fear so much of my carefully organized music collection would be destroyed. : ( I should note I don't use iTunes Match or iCloud. When I agreed to the Apple Music service, I wish it popped up a window telling me what it was going to do with my library and have a agree or deny button. There was so little info in just agreeing to the new service and what it was going to do to your iTunes library.
  • I'll add to this with a specific recommendation from long years of backup experience: always have (at least) three copies of any important data. One of these is the "working copy", i.e. the live data on your Mac, iPhone, etc. Then have two more copies, one of which should be stored physically away (off-site) from the others. Over the years, this policy has definitely saved myself and family from many data loss issues. And yes, it's definitely happened that the proverbial bacon was saved by having that third copy. For example, I've used Shirt Pocket's excellent SuperDuper! app for whole disk bootable backups for years. One backup drive lives where my Mac does, and the other is stored securely elsewhere. I usually have other partial backup layers, e.g. files in cloud services such as Dropbox, iCloud, or in services like GitHub. When I budget for a new Mac, I include the cost of two external bus-powered USB drives as the primary backups. Last but not least, any cloud service only ever counts as one copy no matter how good their IT policies may appear. It's not enough to have just your Mac and (e.g.) Dropbox: you really must have (again, at least) one more copy. There are too many technical and non-technical ways in which cloud providers can fail, up to and including the whole business suddenly going belly-up. Users of services such as Delicious found that out the hard way.
  • This is the way to back up and think about important data.
  • I use Apple Music with iTunes Match and thus iCloud. I DO NOT use it as a backup, but as a service that allows me to access my music and docs from all my devices, wherever I am - and it works great for just that. I've had zero issues with my small (24,000 track) library - no duplicates, no lost tracks or metadata. But if I did, those old files are on multiple disks and online backup (Backblaze, in my case). I ain't worried.
  • I decided to drop Apple Music, after turning it off and syncing, my playlists are hosed, album art shows same album cover on about 1000 songs. ITunes on my Windows machines won't completely sync playlists. I tried signing out back in. That made it worse. Similar on my Macs also. Using new ITunes release. Thank you Google Music for my backup. That pains me but it is what it is.
  • Totally agree, Peter. I keep more than one copy of things that really matter to me. I have a Time Machine backup, but I don't really ever use it.
  • Nothing new to see here. Apple's report card remains the same.
    Hardware Design: A+
    Software Design: C-
    Fundamentals of Cloud: F
  • Amen Peter Thank You!!!!!
    Im a DJ I have over 10,000 songs and counting I buy stuff from iTunes all the time and as soon as I buy I drag and store it on an external. iTunes to me is crap!!! I also use a cloud service One Drive for additional back up purposes but ultimately like Peter said trust no one but yourself to store important files. Sent from the iMore App
  • Peter how was your experience restoring from Crashplan? Never had to, but always wondered how difficult it would be... Did you have to order the DVD or just download some stuff?
  • Took longer than I would have liked, but the data it recovered was 100% intact.
  • Very sane advice. Sent from the iMore App
  • He's not the only one, though I didn't have as mush to loose as him I still got burnt by Apple. It was a first class cluster**k by Apple and even the update after the cluster**k did right what Apple had already undone on iTunes when they released a piece of shit update to iTunes just so they could profit after a period of three months and screw the competition that had beat them at their own game and in the interim screw a lot of peoples iTunes Libraries up completely at the endusers expense. I have started to rebuild mine, but I will never trust Apple again. Not one apology from anyone at Apple. Steve Jobs at least when he was alive had the balls to admit that Apple had screwed up, Cook doesn't have to balls or fortitude to do so.
  • Eh? I usually agree with 99% of everything you right Peter. But this time, you're just plain wrong. I've used Google services for almost a decade. Do you know how many times Google has trashed, corrupted or lost my data on any of their services? ZERO! ZILCH! NIL! NADA! In contrast, I've lost countless photos, documents and data on Apple's iCloud services. The only thing I use iCloud for anymore is backup. And I don't trust it. I'm sorry, Peter, but you're exhibiting textbook blame shifting. What you're doing is no different than accusing a victim for being raped because she wore short skirts, or tightly fitted pants, or whatever. No, she's the victim, no matter what she wears or doesn't wear. Jim IS THE VICTIM. When I entrust my data to Google, or Apple, or Microsoft, I expect it to be absolutely safe and secure. That should be the universal expectation and standard. And when that is not the case, these companies should be sued to oblivion for irresponsible neglect. Apple is absolutely 100% responsible for the loss of Jim's data. Jim entrusted his data in Apple, and Apple just plain bent him over and raped him. Whether or not Jim had backups is irrelevant. What is relevant is that Apple lost data, and they'll continue to get away with it because people like you and Rene continue to defend their ineptitude when it comes to their abysmal record with Internet and cloud services. Yes! Yes! Yes! Everyone should backup! We can't sing it enough! But that doesn't give Apple an excuse to lose data. That's disturbingly irresponsible. This is why I always trust my data with Google. They have a vested interest in keeping it safe and secure. Apple on the other hand have said so many times literally and figuratively that they don't care about your data. So is it any surprise that data loss, or privacy breaches, comes with the territory when using iCloud services?
  • No, Peter's right and you're wrong. Peter doesn't excuse Apple and they SHOULD never lose information. But if the information is important to you it's on YOU to protect it. You're the one blame shifting... "Oh, I don't want to take the time and spend even $5/month for Backblaze/Crashplan/Carbonite.... but my data is IMPORTANT TO ME." Bullshit. If your data is important to you, you will prove that by safeguarding it. If you don't, it's because despite all the bluster, you don't really care that much. There's a term for this: Personal responsibility.
  • Right. Apple should never lose data. But they did. And everyone seems to be conveniently ignoring this significant point. All the blame belongs to Apple for failing in their responsibility. When the bank losses your money, you don't blame clients for not divesting their resources. You blame the bank for losing money. How clients choose to invest their assets is irrelevant. Yes we all know putting all your eggs in one basket isn't wise. However, that doesn't absolve businesses of their responsibility to protect their client's data. A backup service shouldn't lose data. Period. Otherwise, such a service is useless and worthless.
  • Read the article: "Should what happened to Jim have happened at all? Absolutely not. Entering and exiting the Apple Music ecosystem needs to be a seamless, flawless process. If Apple's screwed that up, they've absolutely failed." Peter's quite clear on this and so am I as others are. But wha we're all saying is that YOUR data is primarily YOUR responsibility. The entire point of backups is so that if something DOES happen to your data you can restore it. Anyone who asserts that they really value their data but who doesn't back it up is being foolish. Shit happens. When it does, if you care about your data you'll have a backup. If you don't have a backup then you don't really care. PS: You say "A backup service shouldn't lose data. Period. Otherwise, such a service is useless and worthless." Neither Apple Music nor iTunes Match is a backup service. PPS: The bank analogy fails because I can't store a perfect backup of my money. I CAN store a perfect backup of my data. And I'm a damn fool if I don't.
  • The ancillary benefit of cloud services is that they can be, and are being, used as reliable backup services. I backup most of my services to Google, Dropbox, Onedrive, as well as other online and offline services. I've lost enough data with iCloud, and only iCloud, that I know never ever to trust it for anything. Therein lies the problem. The number one responsibility of any cloud service provider is to protect your data. And I should have 1000% confidence that if I "ENTRUST" my data with a cloud service provider, that the data is protected and I can get it any time I need it. "Shit happens!", is not an excuse. Shit shouldn't happen when your most important task is protecting your client's data. Period. This is just not the case with Apple's cloud endeavours. The issue is not backups. The issue is that Apple is a horrible cloud service provider because their services cannot be used reliably for anything, especially backups. Let's contrast that with their competition, Google. Google allows me to backup 50,000 songs to their cloud music service. Since 2011, I have about 12,000 songs uploaded and backed up to Google Music. Do you know how many times I've ever lost data on Google Music? Exactly zero times! Do you know how many times "shit happened" on Google Music? Zero times! This is the norm. This is the standard. This is the EXPECTATION. You shouldn't be in the cloud service business if you cannot meet the norm. You shouldn't be in the business if you cannot meet the standard. You certainly shouldn't be in the business if you cannot meet the expectation of never ever losing your client's data. Period. Apple failed at its most primal responsibility, protecting user's data, yet the person we've chosen to blame is that poor sucker who, with the purest intention and most reasonable expectation, entrusted his data with Apple. Is it too much to ask the richest and most powerful tech company in the world to never lose user's data? Is it too much to ask Apple to meet their most important responsibility, protecting their user's data? The story is that Apple lost data. The story is not someone failed to backup. People do stupid shit all the time, like failing to backup. And no matter how many times your tell people to eat healthy, exercise regularly, stop smoking, not do drugs, not text and drive, and backup their data, humans will always be fallible. But the whole point of computers is to protect us from our stupidity and fallibility. Apple's job is to accommodate our fallibility as humans, not use it as an excuse for their negligence, incompetence and ineptitude.
  • uh huh. Fine, don't backup your data. Watch me laugh if you lose it.
  • If Apple did their job we wouldn't have to worry about losing data.
  • The real problem is that iCloud, Google Drive, and the music services from Apple and Google are not archival quality products. Instead, they are a cheap (or even free) approximation of archival quality products. Trusting them with your data is no different than storing a Picasso in your dusty garage - it just isn't safe. They cannot really be held accountable for data loss since they don't guarantee that data won't be lost. The real shame is that Apple, Google, and all other cloud service companies don't mind if everyone thinks the services are guaranteed or infallible.
  • Google has a good technical track record tied to a highly suspicious business model. On the other hand, services like Google Music are far less ambitious than Apple Music - Google isn't trying for one second to integrate with my old database of music, they just create a new one. Then sell ads against it. So while I appreciate that Google Music works for some people, it isn't what works for me.
  • Great article. One thing that caught my attention in Jim's article was he has music from CDs he no longer owns. In my opinion, he should no longer have the ripped music. Karma?
  • Why? He owned the music associated with the CD. Just because he no longer owns the physical CD he shouldn't have the audio?
  • Yes, because he no longer owns the audio. That's just me. Not saying it's wrong or right.
  • That's how I understood it too. However, it was always illegal to rip CDs/DVDs that you owned for your own use up until October last year here in the UK. But now, just this month, that has been reversed & it's illegal again! Sent from the iMore App
  • "The integrity of your data is your responsibility, no one else's", completely unfair statement. Now if ur talking about exclusively backing up ur data to prevent loss, then yes u r somewhat correct but if ur talking abt how our digital lives have become commodities to mined and traded for profit by startups and gigantic corporations alike, and implying that we have more than the most minimal tools to shield us, u r absolutely wrong. The masses have been brainwashed to believe their precious family photos dwell in a fairyland called the "cloud" as opposed to the techy truth of server farms and mainframes. Silicon Valley has a vested interest in keeping the masses ignorant because of the enormous profit gained from mining the information stored in their "clouds". The average user is pretty much at the mercy of these corporations esp. with death of the SD card on phones. Computer users have it a little bit better but computing itself has moved from the pc to handheld devices which usually now have no external storage capability. Don't blame the victim, the entire game is rigged against computer/smartphone users in this era of Big Data.
  • Click bait title aside*, doesn't it say that you'll need a backup before you turn on Apple Music? As much as I give them flack, they can't really give you back non-DRMed music. Of course they technically could, but I mean legally, according to the RIAA. They would have no way of really knowing if it's being redownloaded to the same machine sans DRM. Further, if I turn it on for 25k songs, and then designate your PC as mine, and you get my songs sans DRM, AppleMusic would have facilitated that. There'd be enough "The original PC died" issues, so it's better for them to tell you to backup. Apple should have expressly stated "Backup your non-DRM music, as we will DRM it", but still. *Click baity as it implies this is a data privacy article, not a data backup one.
  • So it turns out Apple's Cloud services worked perfectly. If Jim had read the articles at iMore, he would have known it was as simple as tapping a si glee button to get it all back. I imagine he's embarrassed by this whole episode. Serenity took the time to figure all this out for us, instead of panicking.
  • sounds like he got most of it back by confusing an option. Def some usability issues there but to be fair this is a complicated problem if you have three similar services in the same app. Also sounds like they have a bug or two and are working on a fix (read his latest post)
  • Possession is 9/10ths of the law. Peter is absolutely right. When the cloud is the peripheral to the computer, it serves it's purpose well, when the computer is peripheral to the cloud, that's mainframe, and it sucks. Onedrive works great because you can set it to store local copies on all your devices. It also has built in versioning should you delete a file accidentally.
    Still, it's not a backup. Streaming is inferior to local storage in many ways. It's much slower, it's much less reliable, it's much more expensive, having to re-download every time you listen to a song or watch a movie is wasteful of bandwidth. Imagine being on an airplane, or other remote location, and you can't listen to a song or watch a movie, just when you would want to do so, because there's no internet connection. I've long slammed Apple for paltry storage, and other specs. Put an SD slot in at least one model iPhone or iPad already!
  • “Customers come in my store every day with broken computers and iOS devices”.
    This!!! The number of people I know that have NEVER backed up their iDevice…..
  • I have two 4 TB external USB 3.0 drives hanging off my 2012 Mini, they both have the exact same data. I have a 2010 Mini 1,000 miles away at Mom & Dad's, it also has a 4 TB external USB 3.0 drive, with a third copy of all my content. Additionally, a handful of friends have "offsite backups" of my movies and TV shows. There is no such thing as too many copies.
  • Having jumped into subscription-music several years ago, I could care less about my music. However, I'm paranoid about my photos....in addition to my iMac, I keep an entire copy of my library on Flickr (privately). Once I year I make a backup that I store in my bank safety deposit box. I also store a copy of my photo library on a hard drive in my dad's vault. So that comes out to.....3 backups in 3 different locations. I hope that is enough. ;-)
  • Absolutely agree. To the point that I have very little sympathy for people who lose data anymore. It's SO easy and SO cheap to backup a normal amount of data (0-2Tb) that there's just no excuse. $50-100 per external drive depending on capacity. Get two, one for Time Machine, one for a bootable clone. $5 per month for Backblaze or similar. Done.