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MBP and new Mac Mini in 1 location, and iMac back home. How to sync all 3

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John Schubert Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Mar 23, 2012 9:59 AM

I'm currently in Afghanistan, so I've got an iMac back in California with a very very large library.  I'd say 60% (~72 gigs) is there that was on my iPod classic which died on a C-130 (military cargo plane) trip.  So, I have a large library at home that is mostly complete, and yes I was a moron for not backing up the 120 gigs of music on my iPod classic..  With me, I have a MBP (15" mid2009) with a decent amount of music (10.2 gigs), but much less than my computer back home in California.  Since my MBP fans run at max (6000 RPM) when I watch movies or edit in iMovie, I decided to get a new Mac Mini.

 

So, I understand the easiest way is to back up my iTunes on the MBP and import onto the Mini.  The Mini won't authorize right now because it says I already have 5.  More than likely, 1 is a laptop sitting in my garage on a shelf that never gets used (has programming software for my Trans Am, sold, and sportbike, taken out by a lady and llong gone.  1 is probably a previous work computer and I have no idea the 5 th.

 

If I deauthorize all, can my wife just "authorize" the home iMac and my large library stay intact?  I assume, but am asking, will this affect the iPhone and iPad which syncs with the iMac at home?  I need to cause as little drama at home as possible.  She will give me grief for the insanely intense procedure of: opening iTunes, clicking "Store", and "Authorize," so I'm trying to keep her effor to thte minimum on the "evil computer thingy." (Life was **** with a Dell)

 

Now, I'd love to get all that music at home, onto to my MBP and Mini here in Afghanistan.  Flying home is out of the question for this year.  If I turn on Match, does it have to be turned on at the house's iMac to get the music then sent to my MBP and Mini?  Right now, I see the "Cloud" has my MBP as the only registered device.  I looked at the FAQs and poked around, but I don't see a way to add my Mini or iMac.  I don't have the subscription *yet* but when  I do, I want to make sure it's not going to blow out my home (iMac) collection.  I have wayyyyyy too many hours spent ripping my CD's to iTunes.

 

Sorry for the long and possibly convuluted questions, but it's not cut and dried from what I can see.

 

Thanks in advance for all your help.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,140 points)

    John Schubert wrote:

     

    If I deauthorize all, can my wife just "authorize" the home iMac and my large library stay intact?  I assume, but am asking, will this affect the iPhone and iPad which syncs with the iMac at home?  I need to cause as little drama at home as possible. 

    I completely understand your desire to keep the drama to a minimum. This Apple KB article will tell you more about authorizing and deauthorizing: <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1420>.

     

    The simple answers to your questions, in order, are: yes and yes and no. But read the KB article first.

     

    John Schubert wrote:

     

    Now, I'd love to get all that music at home, onto to my MBP and Mini here in Afghanistan.  Flying home is out of the question for this year.  If I turn on Match, does it have to be turned on at the house's iMac to get the music then sent to my MBP and Mini?  Right now, I see the "Cloud" has my MBP as the only registered device.  I looked at the FAQs and poked around, but I don't see a way to add my Mini or iMac.  I don't have the subscription *yet* but when  I do, I want to make sure it's not going to blow out my home (iMac) collection.  I have wayyyyyy too many hours spent ripping my CD's to iTunes.

    This is actually, just what iTunes Match was designed to do. However, there are some quirks to the service. Basically, your wife would enable iTunes Match on one of the computers and let it finish it's initial scan, match and upload process. This may take anywhere from a few hours to several days. Then enable the service on the other Mac at home. Let it finish, then you can enable it on the Mac with you. Let is finish the scan, match and upload process. Then enable it on any iDevices you want it active on. All this will take some time, and I mean possibly a few weeks depending on the sizes of the various libraries and the upload speeds.

     

    You might also want to read the KB articles referenced in this post: Here's A List of Apple iTunes Match Support Docs.

     

    Before doing anything make sure your backups are current and complete. If anything does go wrong having complete and current backups will be the only way to recover.

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