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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically Apps
I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this. I have all my music files on an NFS server on my home network, and have to mount the server before starting iTunes otherwise iTunes won't see any of my tracks (and starts marking them with the dreaded ! of doom).

However, this appears to have changed in iTunes 7, because the very first time I fired it up I forgot to manually mount the NFS drive, but when I started a song playing in iTunes 7, lo and behold, my NFS mount was mounted for me! I suspect this would also work for other types of network mounts.
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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: menace690 on Sep 28, '06 07:36:39AM

This has worked since version 5 for me with appletalk shares.



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: timcrawf on Sep 28, '06 12:41:41PM

this worked in 4 and maybe 5 for me, but not in 6
or maybe it worked in Panther but not Tiger
as soon as I get home, I will check to see if it works now!



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 28, '06 01:17:30PM

Hasn't worked for me thru version 6 on a 10.3.9 box that has a FW drive attached, where all the iTunes songs are kept. If I forget to keep the FW drive plugged in, iTunes will start without complaining, but all the songs will have the ! icon beside them. If I quit iTunes, start the FW drive, then restart iTunes, all is well and the ! marks go away.



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: JackSloth on Sep 28, '06 04:19:05PM

Hasn't worked for me in versions 5-6.x. I always got the exclamation marks. My music drive is on AFP drive



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: ahoogerwerf on Sep 28, '06 08:30:07AM

Double-clicking on a song while a network share is not mounted, will get the share mounted and the song played (this is normal behavior since version 4 or 5). However, if you then take a look at iTunes>Preferences...>Advanced>iTunes Music Folder Location, it still shows you the 'default' location, i.e. ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music, NOT the network drive (because it wasn't there when iTunes started). So importing a new CD will save the songfiles in the wrong place then. Pretty annoying behavior and this did not change with version 7 for me (my music library is on a Lacie Ethernet Disk Mini connected via SMB)



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: rspeed on Sep 28, '06 07:26:57PM

Try moving the library.



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: cilly on Sep 28, '06 07:50:03PM

I am using NFS and I can't reproduce your bug while using NFS.



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: theocrates on Sep 28, '06 10:59:45AM

Would writing an AppleScript solve the problem here?

For example, I have my iTunes library on an external drive that the OS does not mount on startup (via an fstab). I therefore created an AppleScript to mount the external drive first, then launch iTunes. The AppleScript is saved as an application, and, for me, is launched via a Hot Key assigned through Butler--but I think you could assign a Hot Key through the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, too. Whenever I want to listen to music, I just hit the Hot Key and voila! (God I love automation.)

Now, attached external drives aren't quite the same as network shares, which probably require a login and password. If my understanding is correct, however, you should still be able to write an AppleScript that includes them in the script.



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: JackSloth on Sep 28, '06 04:20:54PM

why not just add the share to the login items?



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: scott721 on Oct 11, '06 03:47:02PM

Would you be kind enough to share the AppleScript that you created to mount the external volume? I'd like to be able to do that; I keep the drive unmounted for various reasons that aren't relevant but it would be very helpful to have a script that would mount any (or a specifically named) external drive.

Thanks.



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Library vs Music Files
Authored by: rspeed on Sep 28, '06 07:25:46PM

I think there is a subtle difference here. iTunes 7 added the option to choose multiple libraries and to keep them in user-defined locations. Previously users only had the option of keeping the music files in a different location. It's very likely that iTunes only mounts shares automatically when the library resides on the network share. In fact, this would be the correct behavior since the only way to keep the music separate is to have an unmanaged library.



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Library vs Music Files
Authored by: ahoogerwerf on Sep 29, '06 02:23:44AM

Hey, that would be the key!
I will test this asap, because it definetely makes sense.
The original poster of this hint didn't mention anything about moving the actually library data files, though..
Maybe, as a roundup, this new info could be submitted as a new hint? (i normally don't read all these comments...;-)



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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: pglock on Sep 29, '06 01:31:08PM

I keep my iTunes folder on a NAS and use samba (SMB/CIFS) to share it to all users on my local network (all users login to the share with the same userid). Each users local 'Music' folder has an alias to the iTunes folder on the share. That's probably overkill now for iTunes 7.

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iTunes 7 mounts remote drives automatically
Authored by: tma on Oct 03, '06 11:04:07PM

Hi, I'm the original poster of this tip.

I use the multiple libraries option, however all my libraries reside on my local machine (a laptop) - they definitely do NOT reside on the network share.

Further notes:

I have an NFS server at home which has all my mp3s on it, and I have a removable drive which is a backup drive for the server, and I take this to work with me. I use seperate libraries in iTunes so I don't need to muck about trying to get the paths right or risking exploding exclamation point syndrome.

It's not practical to have the share mount automatically on startup because 1) I take my laptop places where access to my home server isn't available, and 2) I don't restart the laptop all that often anyway.

I never used any version of iTunes before 6, and 6 definitely didn't mount the remote share automatically, so I assumed it was a new feature in 7.

NFS shares do not require a username/password for access, although a SMB mount (Windows Share) should work in exactly the same way as long as you have your username/password in your keyring and can open the share without it prompting you.

An important point might be that I have this particular NFS share saved in my "Favorite Servers" list - perhaps iTunes 7 is picking it up from there?



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