2 computers and one itunes library?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jctivo, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Is it possible to have a desktop (windows vista) and laptop (windows live) running itunes off of an external network hard drive and use one itunes library?

    The idea would be so that I could modify the itunes library from the laptop but then use apple tv running off of the desktop itunes with external network hard drive library?

    Any help would be helpful.

  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011

    I will check this out.

    I wasn't exactly thinking of this but I will try. I was thinking of having itunes opening the same library not having two.
  4. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can't have two computers opening the same iTunes library at the same time.
  5. ragu, Oct 13, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012

    macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2009
    actually you can I am running a 3 Tb networked drive as my library and can have up to 10 mac's or pc'sor mix of both sharing and using at same time. I actually have 3 machines using the same library:)
  6. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2008
    I use a similar approach. All of my media is on a NAS. Each computer can add to library files but I also make sure my preferences are set to not move the files just add to library. The very same set of files can also now be handled by other media players as well. The only real complexity is when I download from iTunes and end up moving the file to the NAS and deleting the file from iTunes so I can "add to library" from the NAS. It really isn't complicated just simple rules to keep things in order. Btw, ALL my iTunes on the NAS sit in a directory called "iTunes Purchases" and then sub directories as needed.

    The only catch to the above method is to make sure the computer is seeing the NAS before using iTunes. In my case, I set that any log in will initiate recognition of the NAS.
  7. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, you can open the library, so if you only play music and don't do anything else, it works. If you want to edit anything, the functionality runs into limitations. From the link you posted:

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