Sharing iTunes library across users

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  1. ajo, Jan 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015

    ajo macrumors 6502

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    I am trying to do this across 2 users on the same machine.

    I have followed the instructions at - http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1203

    The original user account still works fine, I open iTunes and all the music is still there. On the new user account though, I have opened iTunes and pointed the Library to the new shared location. Nothing seems to have happened though.

    Should add that I'm using Yosemite

    Am I missing something out?

    Thanks

    ajo
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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  3. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes I tried that.

    I am now trying a different way.

    What I want to happen is the library to be shared so that it can be added to or changed etc and it will show on both users. Reading around I don't think the above does this.
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    It should do. I've done it myself.

    It works if you put it in the shared folder under Users.
     
  5. Bruno09, Jan 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You do not need to do this !

    Did you actually import the music into the iTunes Library on the new user's account ?

    See the steps listed under "Listen to another user's music".

    (steps 1 to 8).

    I think you are correct, the two iTunes Libraries will use the same iTunes Media Folder, however a change made in one Library will not be "synced" to the other Library.
     
  6. ajo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.

    I think I sorted it. This is what i did:


    Moved the iTunes folder to /Users/Shared/.
    Hold Option and launched iTunes.
    Selected Choose library - /Users/Shared/
    Quit iTunes and logged into the other users account
    Hold Option, launched iTunes and select Choose library - /Users/Shared/

    I made a playlist in one user, and it showed up on the other user also so changes do show in both which is good.
     

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