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Share iTunes library with OS X and Windows via a server
Authored by: farleyro on Jul 10, '07 04:45:23AM
I've been trying for a few days to get this to work, but I'm hitting a road block. My problem is that the files "iTunes Library" and "iTunes Library.xml" are greyed out and won't let me select them when I'm Choosing Library from the mac.

If I select the parent folder when Choosing Library, the mac finds the library file just fine even though the actual file names are greyed out.

However, once I've renamed "iTunes Library" to "iTunes Library.itl" then the mac gives an error that it can't find a library file. It's still greyed out so I can't select the file directly, and when I try and just choose its parent folder, it gives me the error that it can't find the file.

Anybody else having this problem and/or find a solution?

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Share iTunes library with OS X and Windows via a server
Authored by: farleyro on Oct 03, '07 06:30:27PM
I managed to track down a solution to my problem that has been working for me now for about a month. I'm now sharing my library between my mac and windows machines.

I started by creating the library files from the mac side (iTunes Library and iTunes Library.xml) and saving them on my shared network drive.

Then, on the windows side, I Choose Library and navigate to the network folder that contains the library files created by the mac. The Files of type field is locked as .itl so you won't be able to see the file itunes library. BUT, if you click in the File name field and type in "itunes library" INCLUDING the quotes, it will ignore the file type and choose the library created by the mac.

I've only found two issues. First, I can only open the library once at a time (technically it doesn't stop me from opening it a second time from the other OS, but changes don't get saved). Second, when I open the library on Windows after opening it on Mac (or vice versa), it takes several minutes to rebuild the library.xml file. So I try not to flip back and forth between operating systems very often. But this DOES let me add music and playlists from either operating system and all of my other machines will see the change.

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Share iTunes library with OS X and Windows via a server
Authored by: rdkay on Apr 06, '08 11:59:14AM

I had the same problem that after I had renamed the file to .itl my second mac could not open the file (greyed out).
I have solved it by opening itunes, puting the library to the shared folder then I have created an alias named itunes to the network share in the local music folder where normally the mac would expect the local itunes folder. Itunes opened without asking and recreated the xml file. Works fine now, thanks!

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