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iCloud Photo Library vs. iCloud’s 5 GB Free Storage Tier

Rui Carmo: There is just no sane way to archive iCloud photos on your Mac once you’ve gone past the baseline 5 GB. None whatsoever. Zip. Nada. Photos, like iPhoto before it, remains stubbornly autistic where it regards managing multiple photo libraries — it’s possible, but fiddly, error-prone and utterly incomprehensible o the average user. And, more to the point, there is no way to move photos directly from one library to another.
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