7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2012 4:05 PM by ABru
ABru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, so I am trying to find a program that will allow me to sync my current windows itunes library to my macbook pro.  It may sound stupid but in the fall I will going into college and it would be nice to be able to sync all the music I buy on my desktop over to my mac so that I do not have to manually copy over the songs.  Also, I do not have an iPhone (I have an 8gb nano chromatic that I might use) so I dont have the capability to "wirelessly" sync from the iPhone to either computer.

 

So, I am just wondering if there is such a program or if I will just have to do this manually which will be a pain.

 

Thank you.

Alex


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (18,525 points)

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1568

     

    You can enable sharing on the Windows box and then access it from the Mac.  Then you need something to sync them.  I'm sure there are commercial or shareware apps to do that.  Or, if you are familiar with some UNIX/Linux command line tools, you can use Rsync and script it to keep certain folders copied over from master to copy.

     

    Some apps to read up on that I can think of quickly are SilverKeeper, GoodSync, Chronosync, Filesync (I have no idea how current any of these are as I just script my own Rsync tools and use them for this kind of thing, but there are/were lots of choices for this kind of thing between network shares).

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,650 points)

    This user Tip shows one such tool that I use regularly. If you map a folder Mac so that it can be seen from the PC over the network you should be able to keep two clones of your library in sync. You'll need to have your library in a "portable" layout. All media inside the media folder which in turn is inside the main iTunes library folder.

     

    tt2

  • ABru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Alright, I might have to give this a go, but I am wondering if this would be secure over a campus wide wifi network? (You have your student id and login, but would other people be able to access it?)

  • ABru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, I'm sorry im such a noob at this sort of thing but I don't get what you are doing when you made you "X" file backup as well as maping a folder Mac as well as the portable itunes layout 0_o

     

    Thanks

    Alex

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,650 points)

    I don't know the details of Mac networking but hopefully you could password protect any shared folder.

     

    The aim of the process would be to take a complete copy of your iTunes folder on PC and stick it on your Mac in such a way that later the software could compare the two folders and copy the changes from one side to the other.

     

    The normal layout for an iTunes library is an iTunes folder holding a iTunes Media folder. When set up like this it is usually possible to move the iTunes library folder from one path to another without breaking the links. This is a requirement since it isn't possible to use exactly the same file paths on both a Mac and a PC.

     

    tt2

  • ABru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Alright thank you.  I think I got it, I was searching some other forums on this matter and I found that I could use Microsoft Live Mesh.  I decided I'd give it a go and it seems really easy to do... Not sure if you have experience with this but maybe give it a look! 

     

    Thanks again for all the help

     

    Alex

  • ABru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Except. I have a problem that I think the .itl file on my pc is not transfering over to my mac... But, I dont believe the sync is complete as I'll have to wait and see.