OS X :: 2 Macs Syncing Itunes Library Automatically?

Jul 24, 2010

I have a Mac Mini, which I primarily leave running to access any files I store on it with my macbook pro being my main machine for daily use.

I will download/buy music on the Pro and will sometimes be a little while before synching it to the Mini via "Home Sharing". Now I have to do this manually right now, but is there a way to setup a script to automatically run on a scheduled basis on the Mini to check for media not in the Mini library and download them automatically from my macbook pro? I only have the two macs using Home Sharing.

I tried looking at scripts, but I saw stuff from using rsync, not sure if automating syncing via Home Sharing would even work by using an applescript of some type or if rysnc is what I would want to use.

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Applications :: Syncing A Single ITunes Library Between Two Macs?

Jul 4, 2010

I have a MBP and a MacMini. I wish to have my iTunes library stored on an external HD (which I will share on the network) connected to the MacMini.

I would like to see this same library on my MBP (presumably just point the iTunes on the MBP to the networked external HD for the iTunes folder??).

But now I wish to ensure that any changes made on one machine (additions, artwork update, playlists etc) are synced and show up on the other, and vice versa.

This should be applicable to both content purchases on iTunes and my own content ripped from my CD collection.

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OS X :: Sharing ITunes Library Between 2 Macs

Jan 20, 2010

I cant get my speakers to work with my Mac Pro so since I have my macbook pro on my desk also I want to share Itunes with my macbook pro since I can use my speakers through that. Is there any way I can have the itunes on my macbook pro use the library from my Mac Pro?

Mac Pro (Snow Leopard)
Macbook Pro (Leopard)

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ITunes For Mac :: Not Syncing To IPhone After Several Library Changes

Dec 1, 2014

i Have an iPhone 6 (128Gb) with over 60gb of music synced and I have noticed that whenever I make several changes on my iTunes (genre changes, files directory changes, etc) to multiple songs and then try to sync it to my phone it gets stuck on the last step until I'm forced to unplugged the phone (trying to stop the sync doesn'to work).

Once I reconnect my phone and the backup process starts again all my music files now appear as "other" and thus ITunes now tries to sync all my music again causing an error message stating that I do not have enough capacity.. 

i Have tried to troubleshoot this issue to isolate the problem but with no success. I was just forced to reinstall all my apps and music once again and I am extremely annoyed since it happens quite often (since I do end up editing large amount of songs on a constat basis). after making all those changes on ITunes i always make sure ITunes recognizes those files. I try to close and open iTunes to ensure it updates its library and all the files' links. All songs do appear and play normally on iTunes.  Everything works on iTunes but then when I plug in my phone all new or modified songs appear grayed out with the circle to the left (indicating they will be synced, but it never happens)

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Applications :: ITunes Library On Multiple Macs

Oct 19, 2009

Is there a good guide to having your ITunes library on multiple macs? I have found a couple of links and some stuff here but none of them seem very good, as they use third party software (Dropbox) or Automator scripts that you have to run everytime you open your library.

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Applications :: Two Macs To Share One ITunes Library?

May 14, 2010

I have two Macs, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini.I have all my music on MacBook Pro. I want to be able to access iTunes from Mac Mini. But I don't like Home Sharing, because it doesn't really sync my music, and that route keeps two separate libraries.

When I'm home, both Macs are connected to the same network. I want my Mac Mini to access MacBook Pro's iTunes Library, update new music from Mac Mini which gets reflected on MacBook Pro. So that if I consolidate the file from Mac Mini, it gets put into the hard drive of MacBook Pro.

I understand what I'm trying to do, doesn't actually put physical files on Mac Mini. If MacBook Pro is not in the network or is turned off, that I wouldn't be able to access MacBook Pro's iTunes Library.

I don't want to use any third party applications to "sync" my music. I want to be able to do it by using File Sharing and such.

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Applications :: ITunes Library Sharing / Syncing?

Sep 22, 2009

I keep all my iTunes files (podcasts, audio, video, etc.) on my main Windows 7 desktop. I just got a Macbook Pro and so far I've been using the sharing feature in iTunes to listen to my music on the MacBook. I've just set up file sharing on my windows 7 pc and now I'm able to see all the actual files on my MB. I was wondering if there was any way that I could just point my MacBook to the same directory that my windows 7 pc uses for iTunes and have the SAME library file on each computer. when I make changes, add songs, etc, to either computer, the library files would sync (update) the new information and I'd basically have an exact replica on either computer. Of course I realize that this would mean that my Windows 7 desktop would basically be the host for all these files and would have to remain online which is no problem. And I realize that I'd only be able to have one iTunes open at a time, which again is no problem. So basically I'm just wondering if there are any programs that could allow me to do this? I've seen programs that copy all the files from each computer and have them in sync that way, but like I mentioned, I don't want the actual files on my macbook. The windows 7 will be the host. I just want to sync my library files so I can make changes on either computer.

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ITunes :: Syncing IPhone Albums To Music Library?

Oct 24, 2010

My IPhone has a large number of albums on it and not all of those albums are in my desktop iTunes Music Library. How do I move albums from the iPhone to iTunes or sync it so the music on the iPhone ends up in the iTunes Music Library? This happened when my desktop went down and I ran iTunes on my laptop and loaded music on to the laptop iTunes Library then onto the iPhone.

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Applications :: Syncing IPhoto AND Aperture Library Using ITunes

Jun 6, 2010

I am desperately trying to find a way to sync BOTH my Aperture library and my iPhoto library onto my iPad by using iTunes. I want to keep the Aperture library separate from my iPhoto library as the Aperture library only contains high res images and raw files whereas the iPhoto library is made up of images which were not taken with a DSLR such as point-and-shoot cameras or mobile phones.

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ITunes For Mac :: Way To Prevent Movies From Automatically Being Added To Library?

Jun 3, 2014

Is there a way to prevent movies you import/make in another program from being automatically added to iTunes?

Mac Pro Quadcore, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 8 gb ram

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Applications :: Moved ITunes Library - Automatically Reconnecting Media?

Oct 26, 2009

I moved my entire 1.4TB iTunes folder to my Drobo. Then I went into preferences and changed the iTunes Media Folder Location, and I also have Keep iTunes music folder organized. That worked fine all of the music, movies and TV shows opened up fine. Than after adding a new HDD to my drobo I opened my iTunes and all of a sudden it gives me the ! next to all my files and wants me to locate them, and the folder is still the same in the folder location. Is there anyway to fix this, or to automatically reconnect all my media instead of doing it 1 by 1.

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OS X :: Syncing Files Between Two Macs?

Aug 4, 2008

I haven't found anything via the forum search on this topic, but can remember, that this topic was brought up in recent months.

I have two Macs, one for the road and one for home.

As I have a digital camera, I store the images (jpg and raw) on an external hard drive.

I want to be able to have another copy of those files on my MacBook, for editing on the road, and when I come home, to copy the modified and new images and files back to the external drive.

I also edit some pictures on my iMac, so the process has to be vice versa:

Do any of you know of a software that syncs only the modified files back and forth, and doesn't treat one file (or set of files) as the master and the other as copy like FileSync?

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OS X :: Syncing Application From Different Macs?

Jan 8, 2011

How would I go about syncing apps from 2 different macs?

I've downloaded apps on both my MBP and iMac.

When I sync on my MBP, if I go to try to get the apps off my iMac,

I erase the apps I got from my MBP.


What I did was network my computers and pretty copy from computer to the other.

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Applications :: Syncing Between Two Remote Macs?

Sep 12, 2010

Syncing between two remote Macs?

I have two Macs, one at each of two locations (home-office and business). One is a Mac Pro (2009) and the other is a recent MacMini, both with OS-X 10.6 and similar specifications.

Would like to have both machines seamlessly match so that I can travel between them with no loss of application functionality.

There is only one user, so one Mac will always have the more recent data.

I understand that there are work-arounds, such as just replacing everything with a new laptop. Or physically transporting an external drive, perhaps backed up via SuperDuper or Qdea for example.

But a backup/restore can take a long time (at each end). So, is it possible to do this without a hardware �sneaker-net� solution?

Third-party apps such as ChronoSync and Martian Slingshot would seem to offer some possibilities. But would that work with an Apple Mail database for example?

Obviously, it is the data that needs to be synced, not the apps, but would there be any issues with application licenses (since some Apps look at the machine ID)? And would it be necessary to sync the Library/Application Support files too?

And what about application updates etc?

Cloud solutions such as Dropbox and Mozy are great for smaller files, but some of the databases we use are several Gigs in size, which is way beyond their capability (both in upload time and capacity).

For example, even an iTunes database might have some minor changes each day, which would need to be synced.

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ICloud :: Syncing Inboxes Across Macs?

Jun 20, 2012

I have an iMac at home and a MBA all running Mac OSX Lion 10.7.3. 

I use Mail/ iCloud and whilst all my email folders sync, the two inboxes do not and I am forever 'filing' emails  into folders on both computers, with a lot of duplication. 

Is there any way of having my combined inboxes (multiple accounts) all synced too? 

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Syncing Multiple Folders Over 2 Macs Wirelessly?

Jul 9, 2009

im kinda anal about backing **** up. that said...

im getting a MBP for school blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda

i need a program that will allow me to automatically sync files between both my macs. (preferably wirelessly)

id like the notes i take in class on the mbp to sync with the imac when i get home. Id like my picture folders, design work folders, and documents folders to be in sync on both computers whenever im home.

if i add new pictures on the mbp, take new notes, or work on a .psd file.

I want them available on the imac without me having to manually bring them over and vice versa.

i just need a way for the folders to sync whenever im home.

that way when i do a back up on my imac, it also has a back up of the folders on the mbp.

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Applications :: Syncing Mail Accounts Between 2 Macs?

Apr 6, 2010

I have 2 Macs, A Macbook Pro and an iMac.

I do use MobileMe and i know I'll be able to sync my mails that way, but due to the cost of internet connectivity in South Africa, I'd prefer not to be sharing my emails over the internet.

Is there a way that I can wirelessly sync my mails using my Airport?

Something automatic that would initiate the sync when both machines are detected on the network would be 1st prize.

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OS X :: Syncing Two Macs Via A Network Drive With A Different Filesystem?

May 13, 2010

I've been looking at how to sync my two Macs.

There are lots of options out there but none I'm comfortable with:
DropBox. It appears that what people do is put their data files into the DropBox folder locally (or make symbolic links to that folder) and DropBox then monitors this folder locally, if changes are made it propogates the changes to their server and then out to other machines/devices under your account.

I could be wrong and it monitors both local and server.

Anyhow the trouble I have is that I've got tens of gigs and I don't see why I should ever have to take the bandwidth/time/security hit of using the Internet as the go-between.

Plus I'm uncomfortable with DropBox acting as a blackbox; i.e. no idea the logic it's using to determine changes, determine conflicts or manage resolution.

JungleDisk/BackBlaze with Chronosync. Using Chronosync means that you have full control and transparency, i.e. know logic and have logs.

I was going to put aside my concerns of using cloud storage (bandwidth/accessibility/security), however JungleDisk just purged around 60 gig of my data because a 2USD invoice failed to process and I was completely unaware of the invoice processing failure. So for now, cloud storage is out.

(if I do go to cloud, I'll try BackBlaze next time as JungleDisk clearly can't be trusted)
Sync over LAN between two Macs (e.g. via Bonjour) and use Chronosync to perform the sync.

Not a bad setup, but I've got the feeling that placing a third disk in between, is somehow cleaner and gives overall better protection.

Therefore I've decided to keep two Macs in sync, to use Chronosync plus a NAS (in my case a QNAP 639-pro) as the middle man.

Others must have done a similar setup (after all it's just a variation on using an external drive as the middle ground).

So some preliminary questions are:

do I need to be concerned that the NAS uses EXT3 (Linux) fielsystem; i.e. will ownership/group permissions or

extended file attributes be an issue?

Is there an issue with not syncing file metadata (.ds_store files comes to mind)?

Syncs take a very long time when you've got tens of gigs, however often it's just a handful of files changing, i.e. OmniFocus, Devonthink, 1Password plus a few active project files. So it seems it's a good idea to have a full sync and some quick sync.

Do people have a similar setup and can describe their Chronosync configs?

It would appear the safest option is to close down 1password, OmniFocus etc. on one machine before hitting sync on that machine, but this introduces overhead, but I guess it depends on how the likes of 1Password writes to file and when

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ICloud :: Syncing Documents And Data Between Macs?

May 10, 2012

What exactly happens if I checkmark "documents and data" in the iCloud preferences on both my Macs?On iOS my understanding is that developers can build support for iCloud right into their apps, and so, only those apps that are coded to support iCloud syncing will be able to do it. However on the Mac, documents are not stored in an app-centric manner (and I'm glad because I loathe the app-centric document storage aspect of iOS).

So, I'm not clear what happens if you choose to sync "documents and data" over iCloud. Currently I use Chronosync to sync my documents folders between my desktop and laptop. However, this is a fairly hands-on process, and while I still plan on using Chronosync between my computers for several purposes, I would be happy to have iCloud sync certain documents and data between my Macs.

For example, I'd like iCloud to sync my Stickies, Downloads folders, and certain folders of documents like scanned receipts and saved web archives, etc. However I am scared to check the "Documents and Data" checkbox because I don't know what the heck it does. Is it going to scan my computer and upload everything in my documents folder? Or what?I read Apple's iCloud set-up guide but it did not give me a clue regarding this, and I didn't see any links to an advanced manual.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2009, 8-core 2.2ghz, 12GB RAM, 10TB

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OS X :: Set Up An External Hard Drive System That Will Automatically Backup Both Macs?

Apr 12, 2010

I am a new convert to Mac, and loving every minute. I use a 21.5 iMac and my wife uses a MacBook. I am trying to figure out the best way up set up an external harddrive system that will automatically backup both Macs. But I am also trying to figure out if I can store and access music through iTunes for both Macs.

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Aperture :: Syncing All Stacked Photos In Library To IPhone?

Jun 3, 2014

Aperture is syncing all stacked photos in my library to my phone.  I was under the impression that only the pick photo would be synced.   

After some trial and error I noticed that just the pick photo is stacked when syncing a normal album.  

Syncing smart albums and projects will transfer all the stacked versions.  

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)

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Software :: ITunes Library Filled Entire Imac - How To Use Itunes So That It Uses Library On External Drive?

Oct 22, 2009

My iTunes library has apparently filled my entire iMac (according to the computer I have over 97 days' worth of music). I would like to know 1) how to properly save my iTunes library to an external hard drive and 2) how to use iTunes so that it uses the library on the external drive.

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Applications :: ITunes Library Transfer From Friends ITunes Library

Sep 22, 2009

am new to this and have a new iPhone I was wonder if I can get a simple question answer i tried Google and there seems to be a bunch of ways to do what I?m looking for.So I want to take my friends iTunes library (5300+ songs) and transfer them to my library ( 2000+ songs ) and then once that is done I want to be able to put them on my iPhone / ipod 32g ( 32g 3gs black can anyone tell me how and keep in mind I want to kiss (keep it simple st#$id )

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OS X :: Open An Mp3 File To Listen To It, It Immediately And Automatically Adds It To The Library?

Sep 7, 2009

I just got a new MacBook Pro and, well, the problem with itunes is simple :As soon as I open an mp3 file to listen to it, it immediately and automatically adds it to the library. How to solve this ?Normally, I guess, we should click on "add to library" to add files...My iTunes version is 8.1 and am running mac OS X Leopard 10.5.7

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Feb 7, 2012

I some local internet streams which I listen to, when I added them a long time ago I couldn't add them to the itunes radio tab :-( but created a playlist.I would like to have those streams available on my laptop but since there is no "music" it does not sync. Is there a way to do this? It would be nice to have them on the idevices as well but there i just use a radio app. 

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OS X :: 2 Macs - 1 ITunes?

Jun 17, 2009

I have an iMac and a MBP, my question is simple yet daunting... is it possible to have iTunes from each computer act as the same? So for instance, I can upload songs, apps, etc. to my iPhone or iPod from either computer?

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OS X :: Syncing Between A Itunes On A PC And A Mac?

Apr 10, 2009

I have been using iTunes for 5+ years on my PC. I recently bought a macbook pro and, with help of Belkin switch-to-mac able to transport all my music, documents and photo's. However it did not sent the playlists and ratings.

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ITunes :: Syncing To A Different Mac?

Apr 14, 2012

I have a newer Mac. iTunes on my iPod recognizes my older Mac.  How do  get iTunes to recognize the new Mac to be able to transfer the files from the iPod to the computer and new Apple username/password? I don't want to lose purchased files.


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OS X :: Sync Iphoto - Itunes Between 2 Macs?

Aug 20, 2007

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OS X :: Syncing / Moving Itunes From PC To Mac

Aug 27, 2009

Only problem is i feel like im going to have trouble syncing my iphone with itunes as my iphone is synced with my PC version of itunes. Is there any way to move my data from PC to Mac without looseing anything? All my apps an music are on a external HDD anyway, but i have nearly 1000 albums all with album art and perfectly named etc... many sleepless nights doing that!

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