Syncing libraries from multiple computers

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    glocke12

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    I have a mac mini, an imac, and a powerbook and would like to sync the itunes libraries on all of them. Is there easy software to do this with?

    I did try tune ranger, and was never able to get it to work.

    The keyword here is easy. Easy enough for a caveman to do it.
     
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    Fonzijr1964

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    i don't think you can do that
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    Why couldn't you use Migration Assistant? I haven't tried this myself -- does it replace or add to the existing music library? What about drag-copying the music library from one Mac to another?
     
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    glocke12

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    The thing is, I have different things in each library, and it will take a long time to figure out whats on each machine.

    Is there no software that will scan each library on a network and make it so each library is consistent?
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    iTunes itself can find duplicate tracks. It's under the View menu.
     
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    seeker777

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    If you connect the machines (say target mode) and select Advanced>Consolidate Library, all music will get copied into the iTunes Music folder. You can then select View>Show Duplicates, and remove any duped files. You will, of course, have to do this 3 times (one for each machine), but you will end up with the same library on all 3.

    Keep in mind that without sharing a hard drive, this is a one-time fix to equate the libraries.
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    Does the consolidation go both ways?
     
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    seeker777

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    I don't think so in target mode. However, I suppose you could simply create a network (say, via Airport) and temporarily turn file sharing on with both machines.
     

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