Accessing the same iTunes Library on 2 computers at the same time

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Yelmurc, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Yelmurc macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    I currently have a external hard drive on my wireless network and when I point two computers to the itunes library on that hard drive at the same time the second computer says the library is locked or I don't have permission to access the file. If I close the library on the first computer I can access the library just fine on the second. Any suggestions or how to get around this?
  2. Zyniker macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    Just create a second library. Hold option and click on iTunes (to open it).
  3. Yelmurc thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    I don't want a second library I want to use a master library.
  4. ezl macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2010
    In case you haven't figured it out yet...

    Yes - if you only access the library from one computer at a time it works fine. I have the same set up as you and don't have any issues. It a little clunky though - if anyone has a more elegant solution please post...
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    iTunes requires write access to the library in order to update playcounts as well as to add new purchases. Imagine what would happen if you somehow managed to get both computers to have write access at the same time: computer 1 logs on, the computer 2 logs on. Now you have two computers both with write access to the library. Computer one adds data to the library and writes the data back. Computer 2 will not see the changes and will go ahead and write something else back. This is a guaranteed way to result in a horrible corruption of the library.
  6. gnasher729 Suspended


    Nov 25, 2005
    If one of your computers is always connected then you can access the library from that computer, and then share that library with the other computer.
  7. surfkw macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2004
    any good solution?

    I also have my 'video' library attached and shared from my time capsule. We have two laptops and want to both be able to access the same library. Sometimes it works, if one person closes the library the other can access it, but sometimes both of us are locked out?

    Is there an option to give one user read-only access so we can both access it at the same time?

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