Single iTunes Library and 2 Macs
January 26, 2013 11:14 AM Subscribe
I need a solution to share a single iTunes library with two machines. Possibly.
posted by terrapin to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I will be doing a weekly 3-hour radio show, and ideally I would like to export a playlist and the music from my home iMac to my MacBook Air which I will then take to the studio to play on air. I can think of a few ideas on how to do this, but not sure which ones are truly viable.
Solution 1: Burn playlist to CD each time and import the CD to MBA.
Problem(s): Requires burning CDs and would limit me to ~74 minutes for each playlist.
Benefit(s): Will have an archived version of the music on CD which could be replayed/reused later.
Solution 2: Find a way using iTunes to export playlists (not just an xml file) from the iTunes library to the MBA.
Problem(s): Having a hard time wading through the muck in forums, etc to see if this is even possible.
Benefit(s): Probably the ideal method for me IF it will work.
Solution 3: Use my iPhone 4S to transfer playlists from the iTunes library to the MBA
Problem(s): Again, not sure if this works or not. My iPhone 4S is paired with the iMac currently connected to the iTunes library. Not sure if this is possible and again had trouble wading through forums to see if this is viable.
Benefit(s): Probably the second best method for me IF it will work.
Solution 3b: Sync the playlist from the master iTunes library to the iPhone 4S, and then plug the 4S into the board at the studio.
Problem(s): I would prefer to work on the MacBook Air over the iPhone 4S.
Benefit(s): Easiest solution and less stuff to carry with me each week.
Solution 4: Buy a portable external HD and somehow mirror/clone the master iTunes library HD, and take the clone with me each week.
Problem(s): I don't have any experience with mirroring or cloning. Lesser problem is that I would have to carry more gear. Can't afford SSD external HD that would be large enough to clone entire iTunes library. Regular external HD would have to be treated gently.
Benefit(s): Would have entire library to use in case I wanted to do something other than planned show. Would have another backup (I use TimeMachine also) of the master iTunes library.
I am sure there are others, and so I am asking for your help. Thanks.