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Use iTunes Home Sharing to help merge music collections Apps
I happen to have come into possession of a lot of extra music. Adding it all to iTunes would have mucked up my library with music I don't want, as well as adding many duplicates.

So I created a temp user account (or use another computer on the network) and imported the music into a new iTunes library. I set up Home Sharing for that library. Keeping that account open, the share shows up in iTunes on my regular account. From there, I can browse the music as if it's in my library, exclude all the duplicates, and import the music I want with one click. When finished exploring, delete the entire temp library.

You could also use Genius on the temp library to generate playlists you're more likely to enjoy, and only go through those playlists.
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Use iTunes Home Sharing to help merge music collections
Authored by: Jeb48 on Oct 02, '09 01:52:32PM

What am I missing? I don't see a way of importing from a shared library even though I own both libraries. I know I can manually copy files but have alway wanted to bring selective songs from my main repository directly.

Jeb...



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Use iTunes Home Sharing to help merge music collections
Authored by: gopes on Oct 02, '09 05:06:16PM

Jeb -- you do have iTunes 9 on both machines, right? They also have to be on the same local network. When you're browsing the other library's music, the "Import" button is in the lower right corner of the music list.

tom



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Use iTunes Home Sharing to help merge music collections
Authored by: Jeb48 on Oct 03, '09 01:30:52PM

Guess it must be an iTunes 9 thing. I have been busy (dragging my feet, procrastinating....) and am still on 8. I even have Snow Leopard family pack sitting here to install and haven't gotten to that yet either.

Thanks

Jeb...



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A little confused here...
Authored by: VesperDEM on Oct 02, '09 06:05:44PM

When I got iTunes back when I bought my computer over 3 years ago. There was a smart playlist called "Recently Added" that is setup like this:
Match 'all' of the following rules:
Date Added; is in the last; 2 Weeks
Live updating (checked)

I use this smart playlist to make sure all the media I add has the ID3 tags set the way I want as well as the rating set.

I don't see why someone needs to go through such hoops as described in this post to do something that a simple smart playlist is more than capable of doing.



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