Shared iTunes LIbrary

I've finally found a way to setup iTunes to share write access to a single library.

I maintain a single integrated iTunes library for my family. However, everyone wants to maintain and edit their own playlists. iTunes' built in sharing allows you to play from a single library, but does nothing to allow you to edit that single library remotely.

I recently moved my entire library to my NAS and, inspired by a recent lifehacker post, I setup all the iTunes applications installed in my house to use the shared music and iTunes Library (.itl) share.

My steps were pretty simple:

1. Map network share on all computers to M:\
2. Move entire MP3 library to M:\Music
3. Copy iTunes files from My Music to M:\Music
4. Hold down the shift key while iTunes loads
5. Select the .itl file I copied to M:\Music
6. I had to go toe Edit/Preferences/Advanced and change the iTunes Music File Location from M:\Music\iTunes Music to just M:\Music.

Now I can control my iTunes Library from any machine as a 'first class citizen'. LifeHacker seems to be a pretty cool site that I guess I need to add to my RSS reader.

2 comments:

  1. Have you tested what happens when two people have iTunes open and make changes?

    I've heard the last one to close the library "wins", and other user's changes are lost.

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  2. I have not tested that and it doesn't appear to be much of an issue in our household but it is certainly a flaw in my solution for a lot of people.

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