Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Aug 15, 2011, 06:41 PM   #1
Shaggysaurusrex
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-gb) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

Hi I recently ditched my pc network with the intention of having an all apple 'it just works' system.

What I would like to achieve is have my iTunes library 'from pc'. Which includes music and movies, stored on my ex hdd plugged into airport extreme, running on my mac mini (used just as 24hr server in loft). I'm fairly certain how this will work.

The problem arises when I introduce my iOS devices. An iPhone 4 and iPod touch 3rd gen. I need to be able to sync these using my library. I have an iMac 2011. Can I point iTunes on my iMac to the same media folder on ex hdd as mac mini is already using and sharing to ATV2s? I can't plug into my mini server as it's hidden away.

Likewise if I add music for instance to my media I won't have to add it to more than one library.

I realise it's a long winded question but it's hard to get across what I'd like to achieve and the problem I have.

Please also bear in mind I've only been using OSX for a couple of weeks after decades of windows. I'm not totally familiar as yet!

Last edited by Shaggysaurusrex; Aug 15, 2011 at 06:43 PM.
Shaggysaurusrex is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 15, 2011, 07:11 PM   #2
tbayrgs
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
I do exactly what you're trying to get done. My media library is stored on an external HDD attached directly to my Mac Mini HTPC yet I sync all of my iDevices on another Mac in the house. Short answer--just point your iTunes library on your iMac to the external HDD--just make sure you have file sharing enabled.

I have the external HDD mounted automatically at startup (Systems Preferences > Users and Groups > Login Items -- just add it here). Also, you'll want to make sure the Copy files to iTunes Media when adding to library box in the Advanced sections of your iTunes Preferences is not checked.

There may be a way to have your library automatically updated when you add something to it--I manually add new additions (DVD and blu-ray rips, CD rips) to both--easily done by comparing libraries on my two computers using the Show Items Not In My Library feature (drop down box in lower left corned of iTunes when you select a Shared library from the left column). I know you can set it up to have any iTunes purchased media automatically added to all of your libraries (Settings box on lower right corner of iTunes when you select a shared library).

Last edited by tbayrgs; Aug 15, 2011 at 07:19 PM.
tbayrgs is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 16, 2011, 06:44 AM   #3
Shaggysaurusrex
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
thanks for replying so quickly.

how do I reset iTunes to start again? I have opened on both computers and had a play so I'd like to just undo and start with a clean sheet.

I have my library files from the pc to import ready to 'seamlessly' transfer my iOS syncs hopefully
Shaggysaurusrex is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Resolved: Possible to release C++11 (+ library) applications for OSX 10.6? printz Mac Programming 9 May 31, 2013 07:56 AM
Itunes library- new set up question ADK Titan Mac Applications and Mac App Store 1 Mar 12, 2013 09:52 AM
'Blind' macbook - set up as wireless media library? Timmbo OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 0 Feb 25, 2013 12:18 PM
Help me set up my ALAC library (best method) patent10021 Mac Basics and Help 0 Dec 30, 2012 04:58 AM
How much of OSX Server has to be set-up Crazy Badger Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking 2 Sep 21, 2012 11:05 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC