iTunes and 2 library files

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  1. busyashell macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2007
    Hello all!...

    My wife and I both have macs; she has a macbook and I a MBP. I store all our music on a lacie NAS and use an automator script on both MB's to connect to the libraries. You can read up on my setup here:

    The one problem I have is when I purchase music or download podcasts, my wife's library is not reflecting the new files and same if she purchases, I don't see them. I have to manually add them to my library. This is a major flaw in my setup described above.

    How can I sync these two library files to reflect both of our changes, or is there a way for me to set up both macs to use one library file? I had thought about symlinking both macs to use a file stored on the NAS, or chronosync. Chronosync doesn't seem to be able to diff two files and append the diffs. Correct me if I'm wrong, and if I am, please point me to documentation.

    The other issue I have is that this NAS is painfully slow. For some reason my wife's MB has a slightly faster pipe to the NAS than my MBP. I cannot figure out why.

    Any input and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to make this setup rock solid.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    There is a way to get both Macs to use the same library file. Here's how you do it:

    1. Sync the two libraries so that they're the same.
    2. Copy one of them to the NAS - doesn't matter which one.
    3. Delete the local library file on each machine.
    4. Open the Terminal and use the ln -s command to create a symbolic link to the library's new location so iTunes knows where to find it on each machine.
    Example for part 4:
    ln -s /Volumes/NAS/iTunes/iTunes\ Library ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Library
    Once this is done both iTunes should now use the common library file. However, there is one gotcha with this setup - you may not be able to have both iTunes open at the same time.

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