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An AppleScript to manage two music folders
Authored by: ennonymous on Jan 26, '05 11:00:29AM

Exactly what I need. :) But:

Is there a way to synchronize the metadata (last time played, ratings etc.) between the local and server directories?

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Authored by: luhmann on Jan 26, '05 12:01:37PM

The fact that ratings aren't saved in the MP3 files themselves is one of the major reasons I don't use them. I also worry about synchronizing music I download to my laptop with the main list. I don't want to accidentally trash ITMS files that are only on my laptop.

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An AppleScript to manage two music folders
Authored by: webbix on Jan 26, '05 02:25:53PM

I manage this manually in a similar way. iTunes still looks in the ~/Music/iTunes folder as the default location and that does not change. You can manage different libraries a couple of ways. the 'iTunes' folder can be a softlink to a driver that maintains the settings and would be the same no matter what you connected it to (I carry a FW drive with my laptop).

Alternatively you can just make an alias to the 'iTune Music' folder and the metadata and other settings stay with the machine so that they can also be used in a unique manner on another computer such as your desktop.

The only things I have found (other than ratings I suppose) is the custom EQ settings.

I also found that you can export/reuse those settings even on a Windows machine with iTunes. I found the iTunes directory on my Windows box and copied that metadata files over and all was retained. Including manually added Live365 streams and all playlists.

There should be no problem with losing any songs this way. If you use a laptop though, you would have duplicate copies of the songs of those on your server or external drive.

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