How do you share 2 iPods and 3 PC's?
August 14, 2005 9:38 AM Subscribe
How do you share 2 iPods and 3 PC's? My fiancee and I are getting married and would like to combine our collections (ah, cohabitational bliss!)
posted by zooropa to Technology (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the setup:
- 1 Sony laptop (XP, has iTunes,. my iPod setup)
- 1 Dell laptop (XP, doesn't have iTunes or iPod setup yet)
- 1 desktop PC for fiancee (XP, iTunes, her iPod setup)
- 1 shared broadband connection (Comcast cable modem)
- 1 WiFi router (for laptops, desktop connected directly)
As part of getting married, my fiancee and I are starting to combine our music collections. We both have iPods and iTunes setup on our individual machines. We've probably bought about 200 tracks from the iTMS since last year and ripped over 600 CD's (all that we own). Right now, everything is haphazardly spread over her desktop and my laptop, so it's rather unwieldly.
And now, to enter the mix, my employer has provided me with a newish Dell laptop to use for home and work. I'd still like to listen to our music, but I don't want to have to copy over gigs of music to the new hard drive.
Also, our machiens are not networked together yet, so I know I'll have to figure out how to share the two together. We're also thinking of buying a networkable printer to replace the aging EPSON inkjet we have. I don't think you can "share" it, so it makes sense to buy a networked version.
Here's what I'd like to do:
- Put all our tracks on the Sony laptop to act as a Music box/server
- Enable her desktop and my Dell laptop to "share" or access the music seamlessly through our iTunes.
- Set something up so we can play our iTunes on our home stereo in the living room when we have company.
I know there's a lot here, so I appreciate any and all help you can provide. Do I need to de-authorize our machines? Re-authorize them? Do I need to purchase Anapod Explorer or ephPod (or something similar)? Would the AirPort Express work for us?
Thanks in advance.