[Q] Load multiple libraries into iTunes at the same time?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    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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    maflynn

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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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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  7. Guids, Nov 26, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012

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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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