iTunes & Mactels


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Dec 3, 2002
Pardon if the question has been asked already but,

Next year when we're all working on our new Mactels, dual-booting windows, if we were to install iTunes on OSX86 and Vista, would that count two machines towards our five machine limit, or just one?


macrumors 68000
Mar 6, 2005
Definatly 2, how is the computer going to detect the two different iTunes library's its not like OSX and Vista will work seamlessly....If you are dual booting they will have no idea of one and others existence,



macrumors G4
Aug 24, 2003
thier are HFS drivers for windows, and 10.4 macs can read NTFS, (and probably write to it once we get x86 macs.)


macrumors 603
Jun 25, 2002
LaLaLand, CA
Depends on if iTunes reads the hard drive, or the MAC address. If it sees it as the same computer (like you just have 2 drives), it will be one. If it sees it as 2 different drives, it will be 2. Or you could just wait and see how good VPC or WINE are.


Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Hector said:
thier are HFS drivers for windows, and 10.4 macs can read NTFS, (and probably write to it once we get x86 macs.)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think writing to NTFS has anything to do with x86. Even in Linux, the support for this is very limited, isn't it? It can be done -- as there is software to give MacHFS+ support to Windows and Linux, I think? But my impression is that the journaling features of NTFS make it hard for a non-host system to read/write.

There seem to be conflicting reports of how iTunes works for authorization. There are many people who have reported having their computer take up two slots when they upgrade the OS, but not everyone (it didn't do it for me). Maybe it has to do with the ID of the formatted partition on the disk? I know I have had software in the past that required re-authorization if I reformatted (Mathematica under Windows). At any rate, it seems like it isn't the computer's hardware serial number that is being used, since some people get separate authorizations when they upgrade.

Although...pssh...I'm just waiting for Darwine to take off once Mactels are readily available. :D


macrumors 604
Mar 17, 2004
Yeah, I was thinking that by looking at the physical hardware and MAC address, iTunes would see them as the same computer.

How does iTunes judge that?
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