Sharing iTunes between accounts on a single Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by virtuosity, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. virtuosity macrumors member

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    #1
    Hi

    I had this working a while back... but (I can only think it's since I upgraded to iTunes 8) this has now stopped working...

    1. I have moved my iTunes Music folder to /users/shared...

    2. I go into iTunes preferences and change the location of the Music Library...

    3. Restart iTunes...

    4. Then I go into iTunes and it works - it's reading songs and movies from the shared location fine...

    When I login as a different user (any admin user), repeat steps 2 and 3 and nothing - the library is empty when it's restarted

    I also tried this hack from another site around 18 months ago...

    http://www.macworld.com/article/58571/2007/06/sharingituneslibrary.html

    The instructions are pretty much the same, although this involves creating aliases of the iTunes music library.xml file - but didn't seem to make any difference to the outcome

    Anyone got any ideas please?
    thanks!
     
  2. thithi macrumors newbie

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    #2
    what you have to do in iTunes is 'File -> Add to Library...' when logged in as an other user.
    Select the folder '/users/shared...' as library location. That worked for me.
    Hope this helps.
     
  3. virtuosity thread starter macrumors member

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    #3
    thanks - but if i "add to library" - its not gonna create the library all over again is it? i just wanna make sure cos my music library is 200GB
     
  4. MrM macrumors 6502

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    #4
    I did this once. I just left my iTunes folder in the same spot (moved an alias into the other users folder) and changed it's permissions to be read/write for the other user as well.

    Worked like a charm.
     
  5. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    For the second user, launch iTunes while holding down the Alt/Option key. This will then allow you to choose the library file to load.
     
  6. virtuosity thread starter macrumors member

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    ok worked a treat!! thanks for all your help guys! :)
     

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