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Symlink to a Server Volume
Authored by: jamietshaw on Feb 08, '09 03:44:25AM

Keeping computers synchronised from a central server is a bit of an issue. We have music on a NAS but with iTunes library files on each Mac so we keep our own ratings etc.

The Syncopation program mentioned earlier looks like it could help once you've ticked 'Import tracks without copying', and possibly turned off the attribute synchronising options, both in Preferences.

I wrote my own program a few years ago which you may have if you like, but it was and still is my first AppleScript/Xcode application so it's not particularly well written! It has to be run manually, copies your tracks into a text file, does a Unix find command to make another text file that lists tracks on the sever modified after a specified date, then does some more Unix stuff to compare the files and import the ones not in your iTunes into a playlist. If anyone does want my far-from-perfect program email me - jamietshaw at the 'googlemail' address.

Another thought was to use Folder Actions but they seem very unreliable.

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Symlink to a Server Volume
Authored by: asteryx on Feb 08, '09 11:29:19AM
I agree that keeping the individual libraries synchronized is a problem. But I leave that up to the individual anyways. I don't care if my son marks a song or a movie with 1 or 5 stars.

My concern is that the .mp3, .aac, .m4b, etc. files are all in a single location. (These are then backed-up using both Time Machine and Mozy.)

The rest, for us, is just communication. I have to let my wife and kids know when I've imported new music or movies into the file location so they can update their individual libraries if they choose. Or I can remote into their systems and update their libraries if they ask.

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