Create a second iTunes library?

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  1. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    Hi all,

    I'd really like to split my music (all from CD's) into separate libraries. One for my popular music, and one for my classical music. I think I've read someone on here say they've done that very thing, but I have no idea how to do it.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    I do have an answer for you, but I'd like to suggest an alternative. I would use the "grouping" tag field and tag your popular music as "popular music" (or "popular" whatever works) and your classical as "classical" and then create Smart Playlists using "If 'Grouping' 'Is' 'Classical'" and "If 'Grouping' 'Is' 'Popular'" to separate the two.

    If you're set on creating two libraries, when you click on iTunes to launch it, hold down the option key (if you're on Windows, I'm not sure what key would be.. my guess is Alt) and you'll be presented with Quit, Create Library, and Choose Library. You can use that to create a second Library. iTunes will launch the most recently closed library but if you want to go to your other one then just hold down option and select Choose Library, then select the parent folder of your second library.

    The only reason I suggest using smart playlists is for syncing iPods because you can only have it sync'd with one library at a time... that and I managed an audio and video library as separate ones for over a year before finally merging them after being frustrated with having to switch back and forth all the time.
     
  3. mac2x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hey, the smart playlists alternative is a great idea. I might give that a try instead. I am planning to get a 32 GB Touch soon, so simplifying the syncing is something will be important.

    Thank you so much!
     
  4. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    It certainly helps. I used them when I was re-encoding my Library and had "old" and "new" Smart playlists. I never actually would sync the entire playlist but I at least knew that when making playlists I could start by only looking at the "new" playlist rather than having to go through the whole library and try to remember what was old and was new.
    I've since forced myself to try and use the smart playlists more often and because of that have actually learned quite a few things that have helped keep things organized.. I definitely recommend it to having two separate libraries - it's way more practical when it comes to syncing to ipods/appletv/etc.
     
  5. mac2x thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It works great! I have several different popular genres, so I made a smart playlist for each different one. It even maintained the same order from the CD's!
     

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