I'm confused. Can't you set your Mac library to whereever you want on the computer under the Advanced menu in Preferences? You then should just be able to set the library as the location on the Windows FAT32 partition, no?Hudgie said:How are the locations not an issue?
The Windows file needing to be in My Documents is an absolute. The only hack to that is the fact that My Documents is a shell folder, which can be changed. If there is no iTunes Library.itl in My Music, then iTunes creates a new one.
On the Mac, even though normally moved/renamed files will automatically be followed, the iTunes library is one the exceptions, and is treated identically to the Windows version.
So, short of that, you may have to keep separate libraries (data-wise. The actual music files can be anywhere on any FAT32 disk, but the ratings, playlists, etc cannot be dynamically updated from one to another AFAIK).
If that's the case, you're going to need some third-party hack which may or may not exist (sorry, I like to keep my Mac free and clear of plugins and stuff like that)...Hudgie said:The library listed there is the music, not the database files, unless I'm mistaken. On Windows, that's definitely the way it works. When you change the folder, it's where music imported (or, if iTunes manages your folder, music already imported) goes. But the .itl and .xml files stay in My Music (or Music on the Mac).
So the library files aren't set up identically on the two OSes? Eek. Sad to say, but this is starting to sound like more effort than it's worth.Sesshi said:It doesn't seem to be quite straightforward. There's a library rebuild triggered when I copy over the Windows library files over to Mac.
I don't have Windows available, so I can't investigate into the differences between the files. <snipped> I suspect it's the paths that are different. For instance my Mac library files contain paths like this file://localhost/blah blah/iTunes%20Music/Aimee%20Mann/iTunes%20Originals%20-%20Aimee%20Mann/02%20Nothing%20Is%20Good%20Enough.m4p. They'll obviously not be the same on Windows.Sesshi said:It doesn't seem to be quite straightforward. There's a library rebuild triggered when I copy over the Windows library files over to Mac.