Multiple iTunes questions

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by halemano, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. halemano macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2014
    I have multiple older Mac's, with different iTunes libraries, that are synced to different iPods, and due to the nature of some of that music, the iTunes versions are vintage :)

    So, I have ignored iTunes on my newer devices. I recently upgraded my phone and laptop, and I decided to use iTunes on both. But I had the old iPhone 5 synced to the iMac, and so the new SE is now also synced to the iMac. I've loaded many CD's into the Macbook, but from what I understand, the iPhone will only sync iTunes with one computer, so it seems I need to put the Macbook library on the iMac, right?

    I tried to do that, with Thunderbolt, but the iMac iTunes doesn't see the new albums? Is there some authorization trick? I've trashed that copy and am ready to try again.

    Second question is that after days of importing ~100 CD's into the Macbook iTunes, I added a dozen more last night, and they ended up in a new folder (Music), instead of in the artist folders the all the others had gone into? I didn't seem to change any import settings, so has anyone ever had that happen? And how do I keep it from happening?

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
  3. E3BK, Aug 11, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2016

    E3BK macrumors 68030


    Mar 15, 2008
    The iPhone can only sync to one *library*. I sync my library across 2 Macs in Dropbox and all the media files live in an external drive. The "iTunes Media" folder is a shortcut/alias pointing to the folder containing my media on the external. Caveat is that you can only have one iTunes open at a time or else you will cause sync issues in your library. You also, obviously, need to have the external drive connected to the computer you're using to sync at that time.

    The other option is iCloud Music Library but read up on the limitations/problems people have had with that.

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