Multiple iMac Help. Let's all share.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sodner, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Sodner macrumors 68020

    Sodner

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    Just picked up a second iMac so that the whole family could be on OS X and I'm a little disappointed on the ability to share things between Mac's.

    iTUNES: You can turn on sharing in iTunes but the ones sharing have only a basic view in iTunes with no coverflow or division between song, movies and books?

    iPHOTO: You need a special partition or external drive hooked up directly to the Mac (Not a NAS which I already have) in order to share the iPhoto library due to the special permissions setting that is required?

    Any hints or tips on making a 2 iMac household more "friendly?"
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    You can share the "full" iTunes with multiple Macs as long as only one tries to access it at the same time. Just move the "master" iTunes folder to your NAS or make one of the Music folders shared. Then hold the Option/Alt button down when you click the iTunes icon the first time. Browse to the new iTunes folder location and viola - shared iTunes :)
     
  3. Sodner thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sodner

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    Thanks I will give that a try tonight.

    Question: What would happen if we do try and access it at the same time? An error message like iPhoto or will it corrupt something?
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    To tell you the truth, I've never tried lol. The reason I didn't would be that I'd think the first opener would lock changes to the library XML file.
     
  5. acedickson macrumors 6502a

    acedickson

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    I tried to find a solid answer but I don't think accessing the libraries at the same time will affect anything. I did find that editing songs or playlists can only be done one one computer at a time. The only problem might be, I stress might, is accessing the same song at the same time but that should still work. I would love to test this theory but only have one computer in the house.

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