View Full Version : Syncing libraries from multiple computers

Mar 30, 2008, 07:43 AM
I have a mac mini, an imac, and a powerbook and would like to sync the itunes libraries on all of them. Is there easy software to do this with?

I did try tune ranger, and was never able to get it to work.

The keyword here is easy. Easy enough for a caveman to do it.

Mar 30, 2008, 09:11 AM
i don't think you can do that

IJ Reilly
Mar 30, 2008, 11:56 AM
Why couldn't you use Migration Assistant? I haven't tried this myself -- does it replace or add to the existing music library? What about drag-copying the music library from one Mac to another?

Mar 30, 2008, 01:33 PM
The thing is, I have different things in each library, and it will take a long time to figure out whats on each machine.

Is there no software that will scan each library on a network and make it so each library is consistent?

IJ Reilly
Mar 30, 2008, 01:35 PM
iTunes itself can find duplicate tracks. It's under the View menu.

Mar 31, 2008, 11:51 AM
If you connect the machines (say target mode) and select Advanced>Consolidate Library, all music will get copied into the iTunes Music folder. You can then select View>Show Duplicates, and remove any duped files. You will, of course, have to do this 3 times (one for each machine), but you will end up with the same library on all 3.

Keep in mind that without sharing a hard drive, this is a one-time fix to equate the libraries.

IJ Reilly
Mar 31, 2008, 11:53 AM
Does the consolidation go both ways?

Apr 2, 2008, 12:38 PM
I don't think so in target mode. However, I suppose you could simply create a network (say, via Airport) and temporarily turn file sharing on with both machines.