I need help managing iTunes

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  1. odinsride macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    I have 2 computers - a PC (used for gaming & internet/chat), and my MBP which I use for managing photos, recording music, and for my mobile needs.

    I currently have all my music in iTunes on the MBP, and have been syncing that with my 160gb ipod classic which I connect to the PC for playback while gaming.

    I would like to move my music to the PC and use that as my central iTunes machine. However, I'm not so sure I want to bring out the iPod everytime I want to listen to music while using my MBP.

    My question: Is there a way to synchronize my itunes libraries across my PC and Mac? Ideally, I would like to do this, but keeping the two libraries in sync seems like it could be a headache.

    Anyone else with a similar situation? How do you handle your music?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    You could always turn on Music Sharing and share the library from whatever computer to the other.
     
  3. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    The only thing about this is that when I want to listen to music on my MBP, I won't be at home most likely :p

    And if I share it to my PC from the MBP, then my MBP has to be turned on whenever I want to listen to music...
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    I'll have to think about this one. It'll likely require the use of RsyncX, or somekind of Automator script. It'd be a little easier if it were 2 Macs (not a whole lot easier though).
     
  5. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816

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    Was hoping the "easier if it were 2 macs" was going to have a disclaimer on it.

    I'm going through the same thing right now. Got a new laptop, rebuilt my iTunes Library on it and now want to sync it back to the iMac. Easier said then done..
     
  6. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    i can easily keep the files synced using pathsync for windows, but the problem is getting new files into itunes on the remote computer...
     
  7. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    On second thought, I think I'll keep the MBP itunes library as the main library, since I sync my iPhone with everything on the mac. I'll use the PC as a clone of this library. I need some kind of utility that I can run on windows that will analyze my mac's music folder with my PC's music folder, and if it finds new things on the Mac, it will copy those to a separate empty folder so I can easily drag them into iTunes and have them be automatically copied to my PC's music folder. Am I making sense? There has to be a way to do this...

    I wish there was a way to have iTunes monitor a folder for new music...it seems like every other media program can do that except iTunes
     
  8. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    I found this command that uses rsync, but I'm not familiar with rsync so I need help.

    It supposedly excludes the .xml file and .DS_Store files, and copies the music folder and itunes library file.

    Code:
    rsync -avz --force --delete --stats --size-only -e ssh --exclude="iTunes Music Library.xml" --exclude=".DS_Store" ~/Music/iTunes/* user@desktop:'~/My\ Music/iTunes/'
    
    This command was done for pushing the iTunes files to a linux box (user@desktop), but since I don't have a linux box, I want to just push them to my windows machine.

    Would I simply need to mount the Windows itunes folder and change
    Code:
    user@desktop:'~/My\ Music/iTunes/'
    to
    Code:
    /Volumes/WindowsShare/My\ Music/iTunes/'
    ?

    Also, if I want to eventually do this in an automator script, how can I mount/dismount a windows shared folder by command line?

    Thanks
     

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