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Using Multiple Libraries

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Joel in NYC Calculating status...
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Jun 19, 2007 10:53 AM
According to iTunes help, to use multiple libraries, one must launch iTunes while holding the [shift] key. This is supposed to bring you to a menu from which you can select which library to use or to create a new library. I've tried this on multiple computers, from the desktop shortcut and from [Start][Programs][iTunes][iTunes]. It doesn't work. Has anyone else experienced this? Am I doing this wrong? Is there another way to access this functionality?

TIA
Dell, Windows XP Pro
  • ladeedah Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2007 11:08 AM (in response to Joel in NYC)
    I can't even find out how to post a question. Maybe someone out there could help. I recently got a new computer and didn't save my I-tunes library (because I thought if my iPod had all the songs, they I could just upload when I got the new computer. Now I get a message that my iPod is synced with another iTunes library. I don't think I want to reace this iPod and sync w/ this computer's Ipod library (there is nothing in it).....help please
    Windows XP
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Jun 19, 2007 11:12 AM (in response to Joel in NYC)
    What version of iTunes are you using? You need iTunes 7 to work with multiple libraries.
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Jun 19, 2007 11:24 AM (in response to ladeedah)
    Go to this link and click on "How do I post a question": Forums Help

    If you go to this link I answered another poster with the same question just a while ago: Moving Music Off the iPod
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Jun 19, 2007 12:17 PM (in response to Joel in NYC)
    Are you getting any error message or are the choice buttons or navigation window failing to appear?
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Jun 19, 2007 1:55 PM (in response to Joel in NYC)
    Double click the iTunes shortcut then immediately press & hold the Shift key.
    iMac G5 (Rev B) - 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Silver Mini, Blue Mini
  • reastland Calculating status...
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    Aug 10, 2007 8:13 AM (in response to Joel in NYC)
    When is Apple going to spend some effort to make iTunes into something remotely robust? Hold down the shift key on program launch? What???? So I have to close the program and reopen it just to change libraries? Come on.

    Why not have a drop down list at the top where all of your libraries are listed? When you select one, the song listing changes to display only those songs that are included in this library. And there are about another dozen or so very simple additions to the interface that could be accomplished in little time to make it more friendly.

    It confounds me that they continue to treat iTunes like some kind of program that a hobbyist programmer came up with in his kitchen while his kids were asleep one night. Even if they felt that they had to charge for a "Pro" version of the application, I think that many would be willing to pay for added functionality - at the right price point. Apple spends a lot of money on TV ads mocking Microsoft, but for all of Microsofts flaws (and there are many), they would never get away with issuing such a basic application without even attempting to make it more feature rich. Please, Apple, divert some of that mockery money towards making a better application.
    HP, Windows Vista
  • DG Williams Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2007 3:16 AM (in response to Joel in NYC)
    Am thinking about downloading the Applescripts iTunes Library Manager, but before doing, wanted to see if anyone else was using this and what they think.

    Can guess by reastland's post that I am not missing anything and that iTunes 7 still has not added a multiple library feature (other than holding down control upon launching the application) and does not allow switching between libraries with iTunes open and saving preferences on different libraries.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10)

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