A household divided by music software...
April 15, 2012 1:39 AM Subscribe
I need help making iTunes, MediaMonkey, two iPhones and an external drive all play nicely with each other and our household's burgeoning music collection!
posted by Gori Girl to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Found out about MediaMonkey here on the green a year ago, and love it! I've been using it (gold version) to manage my music on my personal laptop, but have decided to finally take the plunge and combine my music collection with my husband's on our PC desktop & external drive. For reasons that defy logic (i.e. complete laziness coupled with a case of Apple fanboy), my husband refuses to switch from using iTunes. I know, I know.
What I'd like to do: Organize all current and future incoming music (location/file name/tags) using MediaMonkey, and move it onto the massive external drive. Point iTunes to the music on the external drive, and have it notice when new music appears there, so the husband can reap the benefits of my labor. ;) Be able to put music onto our two iPhones (4s & 4 using the latest OS, if it matters) using iTunes (for him) and, if possible, MediaMonkey (for me). Maybe use Subsonic to stream to either of our phones, but this can't be a primary music delivery system because we travel and hike in remote places a bunch. I care a lot more about music and our collection than he does, even though he's the tech-savvy member of the household, so that's why the job's fallen to me.
What's happening now: Almost all of my music is cleaned up and moved onto the external drive. His music is mostly a nails-on-chalkboard disordered mess that I'm slowly cleaning up and moving to the external drive for the household PC. I told iTunes on our PC to stop trying to reorganize our music, and (I think) to look at the external drive, but have no idea how to get it to update as new music gets put there. I'm using iTunes to put music on both of our phones because I don't know how to get MediaMonkey to play nice with the latest OS on my phone. His Mac laptop and my Dell laptop are currently not interacting with the music collection, but it'd be awesome if they could somehow(external drive is network-attached). I've downloaded Subsonic, but I don't know how to get it to look at the external drive for our music.
Please hope me, preferably with small words aimed at the tech-comfortable-but-not-super-skilled. Thanks! :D
(Bonus itunes frustration/question: iTunes breaks up some mixed artist albums into two albums when it loads them onto my phone, for absolutely no reason that I can see, and it's pissing me off. Album Artist is always labelled as Various and MediaMonkey sees it as one coherent album.)