5 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2014 6:50 AM by servmitter
craigcls Level 1 Level 1

I have read some posts and a help article about this, but I need some clarification becuause what I'm doing is not working out correctly.  My wife syncs her iPhone and iPod to her iTunes.  I recently purchased an iPhone and am going to sync it to my own iTunes on a different user account on the computer.  How can I get the music from her iTunes account to sync with my iTunes/iPhone?  Whenever I try various routes, I end up with duplicated songs on my end and I'm not sure how it works when she adds music to her account.  My wife does all the music purchasing for the both of us and I want the music to sync both ways, but all other content needs to stay separate.  We are running iTunes 11 on Windows 7.  Any help would be appriciate and I'm sorry if this is a redundent question.  Thanks.

iPhone 5, Windows 7
  • Steve Taylor1 Level 5 Level 5

    I think what you needs to setup is Home Sharing this would let you copy music to each machines. Also it would automatically transfer new purchases when they are nade


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  • craigcls Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the response.  We are using two different user accounts on one computer and both have our own Apple ID.  I just want her music files to show up in my iTunes.  I tried adding the media folder where her's are stored, but it duplicated everything (even starting from scratch with nothing in my iTunes).  I also do not know if by doing it this way, any music added by her in the future will show up on my end automatically, and if it does not, will it duplicate the music again when adding the folder to get the new stuff.

  • craigcls Level 1 Level 1

    I followed the following articles: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1495 and http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1203


    Here are the questions I have regarding the second article which is not clear to me:

    1. When dragging the media file to a public location, the article says not to move the iTunes folder.  Is it Ok that the media file is moved out of the iTunes folder when dragging it to the public location?  Is this what I am trying to accomplish?
    2. There is a note about how iTunes for Windows does not, by default, copy items added to the library to the media folder.  Am I supposed to check the box to allow this?  Do I do the same for all users?
    3. When I change the music folder location, am I changing it to the new public location?  Do I do this for all users on the computer that wants to use the same music files?
    4. I tried changing the file location to the public folder, but received a message asking something to the effect of renaming files to keep the library organized.  Do I want this or not?
    5. There is another note at the end that says if all users are storing their music in the same public location, then duplicates may appear in the library.  Isn't what this procedure is basically doing?  Can someone clarify this?
    6. After following this article to the best of my ability, my iTunes ended up with duplicates of everything, even starting off with nothing there to begin with.
  • Pinksteady Level 1 Level 1

    If you untick "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library", then when you drag all the music to your iTunes it will just reference the files. You should then be able to sync to your iOS device under your account with the following caveats:


    • If any of the music files change location, that will break them in iTunes.
    • If any of the music files have DRM (maybe older MPS bought through Apple), you may not be able to sync them. On occassion when I've merged my music library with my other half's, for some synced songs my iPhone asks me to enter my other half's Apple ID to let me listen to the song.
  • servmitter Level 1 Level 1

    craigcls, did you ever find a solution to your situation?  My wife and I have the same exact scenario as you had and I can't sync my music to her itunes account.  I got my music to show up in her library, but when I connect her iphone it isn't available for syncing.