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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library Apps
When iTunes stored album art in the music files, there was no need to share album art. Now that iTunes stores album art in ~/Music -> iTunes -> Album Artwork, if one user adds art to a shared library, it won't show up for the other user. You can solve that problem by sharing the artwork file. I put mine here:

/Users/Shared/Album Artwork/

I then replaced ~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork with a symbolic link: Album Artwork -> /Users/Shared/Album Artwork. In order for the artwork to show up, the other users had to do an "Add to Library" and point to the shared library. Nothing gets "added" except the artwork. Note: Our shared iTunes music library is here:

/Users/Shared/iTunes Music/

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: ericdano on Sep 22, '06 09:02:29AM

Can someone PLEASE develop some sort of utility to keep two libraries in sync? What I have is a LAN with 2 macs, and they are sharing music on a NAS. I want to be able to keep them in sync.........

There's gotta be a better way than this....



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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: mike3k on Sep 22, '06 10:24:22AM

I use Chronosync to do a bidirectional sync between them.



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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 22, '06 10:32:59AM
Re: Can someone PLEASE develop some sort of utility to keep two libraries in sync?

The problem to overcome with this is that iTunes can't automatically add files. I suspect a daemon could be written that observes when the "Master" XML file is modified (which is somewhat irregularly, but always on Quit); when it is, other iTunes apps on the network are told to import any new files. The trick would be to determine what those new files are and what, if any, playlist to put them in. Some users I know just go around to each Mac--or have someone posted at one--and add the new files manually, or import the XML file manually. One TV production company I know of uses iChat and the office intercom to announce "Time to update your iTunes!"

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/

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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: jmontana on Sep 22, '06 10:41:49AM

I think launchd is the daemon that you're looking for. You could tell it to watch the XML file and run a script or utility when it gets updated.



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launchd
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 22, '06 03:05:34PM
Re: I think launchd is the daemon that you're looking for.

;) I had thought of that. I only recently found out about launchd and was looking for a project to develop with it...who knows?

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/

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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: cilly on Sep 23, '06 02:19:40PM

Just copy the "iTunes"-folder located in ~/Library/Music to your NAS-Storage Space and replace the folder with a symbolic link to it. Since all your music is located on NAS, the library is not useful without it. Another hint would be: overlay a mount over the folder iTunes from the server containing the iTunes xml-library. Now iTunes uses the Library on the server if it is mounted, or the local library if it is not, i.e. if you have music locally. This is a trick to have multiple libraries, too.



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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: JimMueller on Sep 25, '06 11:47:15AM

> Another hint would be: overlay a mount over the folder iTunes from the server containing the iTunes xml-library. Now iTunes uses the Library on the server if it is mounted, or the local library if it is not, i.e. if you have music locally.

Can you point us to some tutorial that describes how to do this for the non-'Nix literate? This sounds like it would be useful for our laptops.

> This is a trick to have multiple libraries, too.

iTunes7 has multiple library support. Hold down Option when you launch it, as reported in a Hint here last week. Not the most elegant implementation, but it does work.



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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: cilly on Sep 26, '06 12:44:42AM

Thx for the hint with the option-key. In that case, creating a mountpoint is overkill. Just copy your iTunes-Library to your NAS-storage and hold down the option-key while iTunes is starting and choose the iTunes-Library on the NAS-storage.



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Share iTunes 7 album art when using a shared library
Authored by: ddelmonte on Nov 14, '06 06:41:58PM

I ran into a problem that only one person can access the library at a time.. Any way around that??



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