how to create an iTunes "joint" library?
June 26, 2011 3:23 PM Subscribe
Need a non-complicated method to merge 2 iTunes libraries while preserving playlists. Halp!
posted by lonefrontranger to computers & internet (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So mr. lfr and I got married recently, meaning we've merged households, checking accounts, taxes and last names. Now we would like to merge our separate iTunes libraries whilst preserving things like playlists and genius info. There has to be an easy way to do this...right?
Specifics: we are both on OSX 10.6.7, iTunes 10.3.1. We have a Core i7 iMac (last year's model), Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro (2 years old), plus 2 iPhone 4s and a first-gen iPad that runs iOS 4.3.3. Both Macs are setup to use both of our user accounts. I believe most if not all of our music now resides on our big western digital media server / external HD.
We would like to merge all of our music files into one library to make our joint music collection freely available to all of our devices regardless of user account.
We of course have the standard mishmash of files that were randomly acquired over the years via both legitimate and, er, not so noble means, meaning mp3, AAC, M4A, M4P, etc.
On a Google search, it appears that one can sort of kludge their way through this process by exporting one library onto an external drive, then re-importing it, however that looks as though it does not preserve playlists and soforth. We'd both like to avoid having to recreate the wheel in this regard.
If there's a way to do this, an explanation using small words written in crayon block letters would be most useful. I'm not terribly tech-savvy regarding Apple file & database structure or network management, and the mister does not yet have a MeFi account with which to ask followup questions.