7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2009 10:47 PM by OLDBMWGUY
OLDBMWGUY Level 1 Level 1
Does anyone know: Is it possible for two users on the same computer to "SHARE" the same iTunes Library so you don't have to duplicate libraries on the hard disk?

So far I have been having to load 25GB of Music on my wife's account and the same 25GB itunes library on my account.
I have put the single iTunes files in the "PUBLIC" music folder and set that as the default on the ITUNES "Preferences" but still does not work for some reason.
Thanks

DELL Quad, Using Windows 7
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7
    OLDBMWGUY wrote:
    I have put the single iTunes files in the "PUBLIC" music folder and set that as the default on the ITUNES "Preferences" but still does not work for some reason.



    That will work. Note, however, that iTunes does not watch the folder to see what is there. After placing the files there, you have to go into *each iTunes library* and use the command File > Add Folder to Library. Then each library will be using the same copy of each song.
  • OLDBMWGUY Level 1 Level 1
    Yessir, did that but when I would do the command File > Add Folder to Library command, it would simply copy all of the 49GB of music/movies from public to the private store on each account when I would open iTunes on that account.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10
    Why not share one account?
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7
    OLDBMWGUY wrote:
    Yessir, did that but when I would do the command File > Add Folder to Library command, it would simply copy all of the 49GB of music/movies from public to the private store on each account when I would open iTunes on that account.



    You evidently have it set to copy files. Go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced and turn off "Copy Files..."
  • OLDBMWGUY Level 1 Level 1
    Yes sir, did that but it still has the same problem.
    Now when I go to my wife's account (everything identical , playlists, etc. in both accounts) it does not know where to locate the songs. I place it in the default and it works, but as soon as I go back to the other persons account, the default has automatically changed back, and none of the playlists (although still intact) have again lost the location of the actual music (located on in the Public Music folder) very frustrating.
    It would seem to be simple.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7
    OLDBMWGUY wrote:
    I place it in the default and it works, but as soon as I go back to the other persons account, the default has automatically changed back


    If the iTunes Music Folder location in Preferences is on an external, and you start iTunes without the external being accessible, the location will revert to the local drive.
  • OLDBMWGUY Level 1 Level 1
    Got it. Seems to work just fine now.
    Thanks very much.