Two iTunes Libraries in Parallel

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ben88, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. ben88 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    Hi Everybody,
    So here's my question. I have decided to manage two iTunes libraries on a single user account by using the old "option key on launch" trick; one on my Macbook's HD and another on an external HD. However, is it possible to view and access both of the libraries in parallel, or at least switch quickly between them without having to quit iTunes and launch it again? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. ben88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    When I say I want to "view and access both of the libraries in parallel", I mean I want to open both libraries in seperate iTunes windows, so sorry if that seemed ambiguous. I've tried to simply run iTunes itself twice, by cloning the whole application, however that doesn't seem to work. Has anyone else got any ideas?
  3. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You could create a 3rd library, which consists of all the music in both of your existing libraries. Any mp3 tag modifications, lyrics and manually-added cover art would appear in the combined library, as well as the individual library, since those changes are stored in the mp3 files. However, if you delete a file from the combined, when you open the individual library, you'll get the "!" icon on the deleted song.
  5. ben88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    OK guys, sorry for the delay, but thanks for the advice.

    I tried using the iTunes Library manager you suggested, but unfortunately I couldn't get it to work for me. No problem. The task of library management is proving to be less problematic than I initially thought.

    I intially just asked about a two-window/copy-app solution for convenience, so it would save me having to quit and restart iTunes everytime I wanted to switch between libraries. Some apps (like mail) can run twice. I just don't understand why iTunes won't. No big deal.

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