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mur6337
Jan 16, 2009, 03:35 PM
Both me and my wife use the iMac. One computer, two users. Last night I attempted to make a shared folder for our itunes music. After 6hrs, I finally went to bed without it working properly. Today another 4hrs and it's still not working properly. I have attempted the external hard drive option, scratched that idea, then today created a shared folder where I put my Itunes Library, enabled permissions and thought I had it. When she logs on, she seems to have everything I put into the library. I bought a song under her account on Itunes to see if I could see it when I logged in to my account. When I log in, I see the song I bought under her account, but about 3000 of my other songs won't open "Original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?" comes up when I click on them. Where the hell did my songs go and how come they are now working for her. I have read literally hundreds of posts in an attempt to make this work. This is ridiculous how hard Apple makes it to share a freakin library on the same computer. Please help before this new iMac gets damaged.



BaldiMac
Jan 16, 2009, 03:41 PM
Apple actually makes it very easy to share your library. With fast user switching turned on, simply make sure that sharing is turned on in iTunes, both of you are logged in, and both of you have iTunes running. The other person's library shows up as a shared library in iTunes.

mur6337
Jan 16, 2009, 03:49 PM
Baldimac...am I understanding you right? For my wife to get to my library, she would have to log me on, user switch to her account, and then she could access my music? Is there another way...she does not even have the password to my account.

BaldiMac
Jan 16, 2009, 03:56 PM
Why would you log off? My wife and I remain logged in constantly. Just switch to the login screen instead logging off to secure your account.

mur6337
Jan 16, 2009, 04:01 PM
Ok, honestly I have had this iMac for about a year and have never used fast user switching. I guess I have to read up on that. When you say switch to the loggin screen, I guess that locks my computer?

BaldiMac
Jan 16, 2009, 04:02 PM
BTW, I'm not saying the way I described is perfect. It's just the way that Apple designed music sharing to work.

The method you were originally trying has it's advantages, but also has quirks that you have to workaround. I've never come across instructions that seem to work right.

BaldiMac
Jan 16, 2009, 04:04 PM
Ok, honestly I have had this iMac for about a year and have never used fast user switching. I guess I have to read up on that. When you say switch to the loggin screen, I guess that locks my computer?

Yep. I think you enable fast user switching in the Accounts panel in System Prefs. It creates a menu that lists each user and an option to switch to the login screen that you generally see at startup.

mur6337
Jan 16, 2009, 04:05 PM
Ok, thanks...I will try that. Nothing to lose. Any idea if user switching also works with iPhoto, or is that another different animal?

BaldiMac
Jan 16, 2009, 04:13 PM
Ok, thanks...I will try that. Nothing to lose. Any idea if user switching also works with iPhoto, or is that another different animal?

iPhoto works the same way as iTunes for sharing.