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Sharing multiple user accounts to AppleTV on one Mac

1691 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2008 1:25 AM by Alley_Cat RSS
Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,620 points)
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Apr 23, 2008 1:02 PM
I can't remember if I did this before with software 1.0/1.1, but I'm sure the possibility of having two concurrently active iTunes libraries on a single machine has been discussed as one way of separating out content.

To do some more testing on software 2.00 + libraries I have just created a new user account with a new iTunes library, and registered it as a shared AppleTV library on AppleTV 2 running 2.01 (I've not updated to 2.02 yet for a reason).

So imagine this setup:

Single iMac.

User Account A - called iMac - the main sync/share library.

User Account B - called Test - the sharing library.

Both Users iTunes apps open (switching between users obviously without logging out).

AppleTV listed under devices in both iTunes instances.

Both iMac and Test libraries solid white in 'Computers' setting on AppleTV.

Can play iMac content logged into User account A having switched from B.

I select My Shared Music - long wait - says it's not connected to shared Test library, and checking Computers 'Test' is now greyed out.

Switching to user B the AppleTv is still listed under Devices. I still cannot connect to My Shared Music and 'Test' Library remains greyed out. I can still while logged into B play the sync/share content of User A - I had expected I would be able to do the converse.

Both iTunes libraries show the other library under shared libraries in iTunes.

This is baffling me.

Rebooted etc etc etc.

iTunes can see the shared library of the other user account but AppleTV can't.

iMac Core 2 Duo 20", Mac OS X (10.4.11), Intel Macbook, iPhone, old Risc OS and Windows boxes!
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
    I can confirm this worked, I haven't done it under v2 and it was at least one upgrade of Leopard ago, but I did test this scenario some time ago.

    Just to be clear, are you saying you can't connect to the test library regardless of which user account you have active.

    By the way this won't work on a PC.
    MP 2 x QC Xeon 3 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
    I can't see it as an issue. I know it might sound like stating the obvious but this is either something that no longer works or something peculiar to your set up.

    If it is that it no longer works it may not necessarily be because of the tv or itunes software but could just as well be system software. ( I regularly use 2 user accounts on my main mac - work and play - and I've seen some peculiarities in using more than one user account following recent system updates).

    I think it is probably too early to say one way or the other and further user experiences may help answer this.
    MP 2 x QC Xeon 3 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
    I'd offer to try at my end, but it's a no-goer at this time of night, 3 tv's are being used right now, you should hear the shouting if I do something to interrupt that. Installing software that requires me to restart now can only be done at certain times of the day.

    I might try some other time.
    MP 2 x QC Xeon 3 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.2)


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