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iTunes Sharing on same computer

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hellomynameisstephen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 21, 2012 7:11 AM

Just bought a new iMac and want to share my library with my wife on same computer. We have separate user profiles on the computer, but don't want to have to import entire 200gb library twice onto the same machine. Is there a way to get her profile to see my music on the same computer?

 

Thanks for any help!

iTunes, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:26 AM (in response to hellomynameisstephen)
    1. Quit iTunes.
    2. Move your iTunes folder to /Users/Shared/.
    3. Hold Option and launch iTunes.
    4. Select Choose library... and select the iTunes folder in /Users/Shared/.
    5. Quit iTunes and log into your wife's account.
    6. Hold Option, launch iTunes and select Choose library... and select the iTunes folder in /Users/Shared/.
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Feb 21, 2012 8:05 AM (in response to hellomynameisstephen)

    iTunes: How to share music between different accounts on a single computer - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1203

  • CasVegas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 27, 2012 9:27 AM (in response to hellomynameisstephen)

    I have tried this and managed to create a folder that we can both myself and my partner can access on our separate logins and iTunes accounts. However, if I add import a cd to my iTunes it does not appear on her iTunes unless she manually updates the folder on her login (and vice versa when she adds music). Is there anyway to resolve this so that when I add music it gets added into her library without having to update?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    May 27, 2012 11:10 PM (in response to CasVegas)

    CasVegas wrote:

     

    I have tried this

    Tried what?

  • CasVegas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 31, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Tried this:

     

    iTunes: How to share music between different accounts on a single computer -http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1203

     

    However it does not update your account if another person adds any media to it.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    May 31, 2012 10:54 AM (in response to CasVegas)

    CasVegas wrote:

     

    However it does not update your account if another person adds any media to it.

    Correct. You are not using the same library. You are only using the same iTunes media folder.

    If you turn on Home Sharing, one library will show up in the other users iTunes (With Fast User Switching).

  • daleiranon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:06 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    I encountered a problem after logging into my wifes account and choosing the shared iTunes folder at Step#6. It says the folder is locked. Do i need to change the permissions in each folder within the iTunes folder? With hundreds of embedded folders within the iTunes Music folder, this becomes quite cumbersome.

     

    Did I miss anything in the steps above?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:45 PM (in response to daleiranon)

    daleiranon wrote:

     

    I encountered a problem after logging into my wifes account and choosing the shared iTunes folder at Step#6. It says the folder is locked. Do i need to change the permissions in each folder within the iTunes folder?

    In a Finder window, select Shared/iTunes.

    Right click - Get info.

    UNder General, tick Shared folder.

  • daleiranon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:47 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Hi Chris

     

    I tried your suggestion but still got the same problem. I noticed that only the shared/iTunes folder had everyone-read/write access in get more info-sharing&permissions. All the files and folder nested in shared/iTunes only had everyone-read access.

     

    So I logged back into my account and provided read write access to iTunes Library.itl. Logged back to my wife's account, what I encountered this time is "the iTunes library genius.itdb file is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have write permission for this file."

     

    Do I have to change all the permissions on all the files under shared/iTunes?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 11:43 PM (in response to daleiranon)

    Did you quit iTunes when switching users?

     

    Get info on the iTunes folder.

    Tick Shared folder.

    Scroll down to the bottom, click the gear icon and select 'Apply to enclosed items'.

  • daniel.montecillo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 8:18 AM (in response to hellomynameisstephen)

    I have a new iMac and I created an account for my wife.

     

    1.Enable the sharing permission on the System Preference screen. => Enable sharing the iTunes Library with Read and Write Permission.

    2. Then go to your iTunes Folder, On the individual Files and Folders get the File Information, and on the sharing tab on the very bottom enable/add sharing permission, add the account of your wife and apply read and write permission.

    3. Login to your wife's account and Launch iTunes while holding the option key. Navigate to your shared folder (iTunes Folder), and viola it will load your iTunes Library together with the playlist.

     

     

    I hope this helps will post screenshot later.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 8:54 AM (in response to daniel.montecillo)

    This was solved a year ago.

  • marc.garcia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 6:15 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Hi Chris,

     

    is there any user friendly way to overcome this?

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    Correct. You are not using the same library. You are only using the same iTunes media folder.

    If you turn on Home Sharing, one library will show up in the other users iTunes (With Fast User Switching).

     

    Home sharing is a possibility, however, it does not seem to allow other users to use my updated itunes library to add new music to their devices. How do you go about this yourself?

     

    thanks

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 9:28 AM (in response to marc.garcia)

    See my first response.

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