1 library ... 2 computers

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TyWahn, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. TyWahn macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2003
    Right now, I have an external FW HD with my iTunes library hooked to my G4 iMac .. I will soon introduce a MacBook to the family, and was wondering if I could have the FW drive be central library for both computers.. I know about sharing tunes over my network, but I imagine I will be doing all the CD encoding on the new machine vs. the dreadfully slow set up I have now.

    Any ideas, suggestions? Your personal setups?
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i've tried to do this, but haven't found a good way to do it. i think i figured out a way once, but you couldn't listen to the same song on both computers at the same time (not that you would anyways, but still) something about you couldn't write to the xml file from both computers at the same time or something

    good luck
  3. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    If you find the iMac too slow, you could always get yourself a cheap PC off ebay (you can get 2Ghz Dells for less than £100 in the UK) and use that for your iTunes library.

    You could install VNC on the PC so you can remotely access the PC from one of your Macs.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    Was that using iTunes 7's new multiple library feature? If you start iTunes while holding OPTION, you should be given the choice of starting a new library or using an existing one. Navigating to the external drive on both machines may work but I reckon you'll struggle when both machines are using it at the same time, as twoodcc said. :eek:
  5. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Could you not use some kind of iTunes Network Remote (Can't remember the name of the one I use)

    It means you store the Library on one machine and just use a remote to control it over the network on the other. Means both machines have to be on and the sound only comes out of the one with the Library on (But using some sort of Airport Express Black Magic im sure that could be sorted) but you can control it. Works well for me.

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