4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2009 5:49 AM by John Lockwood
chakotay2 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I want to use Itunes but also use Windows Media Center. When I share the Music folder in WMC it also puts all my podcasts in WMC.

Is there any way to move the ITunes subdirectory out of the MUSIC folder and keep all my settings?

PC, Windows Vista
  • chakotay2 Level 1 (0 points)
    bump...

    Anyone? Please help.
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)
    Is there any way to move the ITunes subdirectory out of the MUSIC folder and keep all my settings?

    Yes. Shut down iTunes if it's running. Drag the entire iTunes folder to wherever you want it. Then hold down the Shift key while launching iTunes. When you get the dialog box offering to create a new iTunes library or locate an existing one, choose "locate" and navigate to and select the iTunes folder in it's new location.

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    Regards.
  • chakotay2 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks!
  • John Lockwood Level 5 (7,661 points)
    Wyatt5005 wrote:
    Hi,

    I want to use Itunes but also use Windows Media Center. When I share the Music folder in WMC it also puts all my podcasts in WMC.

    Is there any way to move the ITunes subdirectory out of the MUSIC folder and keep all my settings?


    Yes.

    1. In WMP remove the music folder from the list of monitored folders.
    2. Whenever you add a new album to iTunes, manually tell WMP to add that specific folder.

    As WMP will not be automatically looking for new stuff and you will be adding stuff manually, you will prevent WMP adding podcasts etc. I view having to manually add albums to WMP a worthwhile overhead (to solve the Podcast problem) since typically you are not adding albums everyday (or even everyweek) while you might well get new podcast episodes everyday. With this approach you are not having to move any files or significantly alter the behaviour of iTunes or WMP.

    Note: For the benefit of others, even though it is possible to get WMP to play AAC files (and Apple Lossless for that matter) WMP cannot cope at all with 'advanced' Podcasts in AAC format. Even 'basic' Podcasts in MP3 format which can be played in WMP are a bit of a waste of time since WMP cannot manage Podcasts in a way even faintly approaching the excellent capabilities of iTunes.