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Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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[Q] Load multiple libraries into iTunes at the same time?

Hello everyone,

I have this question:

Is it possible to load two different libraries into itunes at the same time?

I need more space on my harddrive, so I thought, wouldn't it be nice to store half my (old) songs on an external drive and the other (newer songs) half on my laptop. Ideally having my newer songs on the go, and whenever I plug in my external harddrive I still have my whole library.

I did see some options to open different libraries, but I don't want to exclude any songs.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:29 AM   #2
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iTunes is not designed to deal with more then one library so I don't think this is possible. I use a NAS to keep my music off my SSD on my rMBP and I think something like that might be easier and better.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:44 AM   #3
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i think you are right. I am going to try to seperate the library.

Previously i check "copy everything to itunes folder", unchecked it. Now i am going to move half my songs.

One problem though, I suspect when I add all my songs again everything shows up in "recently added", anyway to bypass this?
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This might help. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1160898
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 06:51 AM   #5
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This might help: http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/powertunes/
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this helped a lot! thanks
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:52 AM   #7
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ok almost there, not completely statisfied yet. This is what is have so far


1. go iTunes > preferences > advanced and point iTunes media folder location to the external HD. ok out of preferences.
2. select (highlight) the files to be moved in iTunes
3. right-click (or ctrl-click) and choose consolidate files from the pop-up menu
4. Delete all music from laptop
5. set recently added on last 2 years ( new songs)
6. go iTunes > preferences > advanced and point iTunes media folder location back to internal laptop drive
7. select all recently added and consolidate files

all fine, but now I have the newer songs on external AND internal. I was looking for a app which could compare folders for duplicates. Found a couple, but no free solution. any ideas?

update: decided to use gemini

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