Crazy idea.. make my own iTunes Server

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by thejadedmonkey, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    So I was just posting about how (if Apple ever comes out with a 12" MBP replacement) I will get a smaller laptop. Hopefully with between ~26 to ~32 gigs of SSD space and not much else... Well, anyway.. I would sell my MPB, and get a desktop for gaming/linux, and use my 12" PB for portability..

    But what about my music? Can I store all of my music on a linux/xp tower and stream it wirelessly to my mpb..? Yes. But there's got to be an easier way.

    So I was thinking.. can you have OS X pull the iTunes db file off of XP, edit the location so that instead of being c:\documents and settings\username\my document\my music\iTunes, it would be something like \\myXPbox\music\iTunes [maybe using automator actions?]

    Or can I have iTunes on windows create the db file so that it points to a share on itself, and then just have OS X pull the database file off of the PC on every log on?

    Obviously, any play lists wouldn't be saved on my mac if I had it always pull the latest db from the PC... but does this sound doable?

    Lastly, would there be a way to save the mp3's from a certain playlist on the hard drive of the PC, automatically? Maybe using a script that saves each file in a playlist in a local folder? but that would only work if the PC is used as a NAS...

    Or would it just be easier to use iTunes streaming and manage my own selection of music I keep on the SSD manually..?
  2. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I suspect it's be much easier to just use itunes streaming, or even just a VNC connection to manage the library directly, yet remotely.

    While you CAN point itunes to shared location as you've said, your ratings/playlists/playcounts will get all way out of whack.

    iTunes has never had good support for 1-to-many libraries. It wants there to be a 1-library-per-1-user.

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