Opening the same Itunes database with Mac and PC?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mpovolo, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    I have my Itunes database on a NAS and I currently have my MAC itunes access and store purchases to it. I just installed Itunes on a PC and was thinking of doing the same. Not sure if you can, and if it even lets me I am wondering if it messes things up with sharing the database across to systems.

  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    Hmmmm. I would think it's possible. Obviously you will point the PC & the Mac to the same location on the NAS. I guess I would be cautious in not having both computers trying to access the NAS location at the same time.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    I think you'd run into problems due to Mac and PC systems expressing file paths differently.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Here's an article that I'm pretty sure sums up what you want to do.

    The article is a little older, but the information seems to still be valid.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Hmm, lets see, I'm doing this now. I have my iTunes Media folder in the NAS (Time Capsule in my case), and have iTunes Libraries from various Macs and a PC path to that location (Preferences/Advanced/iTunes Media folder location). I have both check boxes (keep organized & copy to library) checked on. And whenever I want one iTunes Library to add something that is already in another iTunes Library, I make sure to add it without duplicating by dragging the file from the Finder (or Explorer) window into the iTunes Library with Option key held (I forget which is the equivalent for PC, might be the Ctrl key). Also be sure to have all computers authorized by whoever purchased the content.

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