20786 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2010 2:37 PM by FormerPCer
You should only move the contents of the various iTunes Music folders in a new folder on your network drive i.e. leave the library files behind. You will have to change the location of the iTunes media folder location in the advanced tab under edit, preferences in one (the main) copy of iTunes, delete all the current contents AND then add the new folder to that iTunes using File, Add New Folder to library. This will rebuild the library file and will take some time.
You can share items in the library with up to five computers on the same network but the main computer must be on and iTunes must be running to do this.
You can import all or some items from the main iTunes library onto other computers in your home, providing you can turn on Home Sharing. You can use Home Sharing with up to five computers. To use Home Sharing, you must have an iTunes Store account. If you import all, delete everything that is already there first to avoid duplication.
The problem with moving files to a new drive is that playlists will no longer work because part of their tagging is the location of the file (which has now changed).
Also, be aware that I found that if you store the main iTunes library on a network drive, it can adversely affect the time it takes to sync devices (iPods, iPhones, Apple TVs) and iTunes store download speeds, especially on Windows machines, as network data transfer speeds are often capped at 10Mb sec (and often run much much slower than that).