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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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