10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2009 6:52 AM by Ian Boynton
Ian Boynton Level 1 (0 points)
i've tried searching for this, but i guess i don't know how to search it properly. What i need to do is have the itunes library of a different user account show up as a shared library on my main account (and visa versa) without having the laptop connected to a network.

Right now i have a lot of recordings for work in an itunes library of a different user account that i will need from time to time when teaching. i'd like to be able to have that show up as a shared library, and have my main library shared in the other user account so that i don't have to switch back and forth all the time. Using Tiger this worked like a charm, but with Leopard they only seem to share when my powerbook is connected to a network. i don't have a network connect at work nor am i likely to get one. Is there a setting i am missing?

Powerbook G4 1.67, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 (2,115 points)
    I do exactly this in Tiger - you are saying this no longer works in Leopard? How extraordinary that Apple should remove this extremely useful function. What appears in the iTunes Preference > Sharing?
  • Ian Boynton Level 1 (0 points)
    The sharing screen in iTunes preferences looks exactly like it did in Tiger. Rather discouraging that that feature requires a network connection even for accounts on the same computer.
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,690 points)
    The other user needs to be logged in and running iTunes with Sharing enabled in order for other users to see their music.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 (2,115 points)
    Oh - so it works in Leopard exactly the same way as in Tiger? As long as iTunes is running in one account, others can share that Library? (Phew, what a relief! That was a worrying moment).
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,690 points)
    Actually, I hav never tried in with Leopard or Tiger but that' what I have read how it's supposed to work.

    I have the entire *iTunes folder* in the Shared folder and everyone uses the same library file.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 (2,115 points)
    Well I am 'everyone' on my computer so I like to listen to my music when I'm playing an MMORPG which has its own separate user account. I use Share Library from iTunes - in Tiger - and it works fine.
  • Ian Boynton Level 1 (0 points)
    Perhaps i wasn't clear, sorry. i've got all the settings set correctly (sharing enabled, logged in, etc.). When connected to my home network it works like a charm. It's when there isn't a network connection (like when i am at work without the internet) that the library no longer shows up.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 (2,115 points)
    All the files are on the computer, right, not external drives? And all the accounts you want to share between can Share their Libraries AND Look for Shared Libraries? And iTunes is running in each user account?

    I have to say I've never used this WITHOUT an internet connection as I have 'always on' broadband, but I cannot imagine why it would need a network when it's between users on the same computer.
  • Ian Boynton Level 1 (0 points)
    After some digging the solution is to turn on internet sharing in the system preferences. Doing this enables both accounts to "see" each other even when there is no network connection available.
  • Ian Boynton Level 1 (0 points)
    Looks like my comments don't post to the thread. For the record the fix is to make sure internet sharing is enabled under the network preferences. Doing this allows both user accounts to see and look for shared libraries even when no network connection to the outside world is present.