Sync Music and iTunes Libraries to iCloud without duplication?

haralds

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Jan 3, 2014
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I have a very large library that is carefully curated and synced to iCloud (iTunes Match.) I recently migrated my main computer to Music and TV.

On my laptops I do not start out with local music and just download as needed from iTunes Match/Apple Music.

I have a duplicate library running under my Sierra Server with iTunes 12.8.2. The disk layout mirrors that of the main system with an iTunes Media folder having symlinks to the Music locations.

I have not turned on sync with iTunes and am concerned about duplication if I do. However, I cannot download Apple Music into that library if it is not turned on.

In the past I had a lot of problems with track duplication using duplicate setup. Has anybody done this recently and has it been successful.