Using a single iTunes library on two computers


I have a Macbook running El Capitan and the latest version of iTunes. I have an iMac running Yosemite and the latest version of iTunes.

I currently save the laptop on the desk. I would like to be able to open the iTunes library for my laptop on my desktop, but when I try to do this iTunes tells me it cannot locate the files.

I've tried a few things.

iTunes organizes my media folder but doesn't not automatically copy it on it.

I moved all my music files, so that they were in a folder in the iTunes .itl file, but the hierarchy above is different for both laptop and desktop.

I read everywhere and discussions seem to suggest its possible, but no one has described the problem I have.

With the help of pictures, I was able to do what I want with iTunes either open the backup of the laptop on my desk (although I can't tried editing photos so I just looked at the pictures)

So I'm a little stuck and would be grateful if anyone can help us with that.

Thank you very much



You may not use the same library iTunes, two Mac.  If the two Mac tried to access and update the library even at the same time, it will probably cause data corruption.  But the library file (which is a database) is not identical to the location where your iTunes Media files are stored (which is what occupies more space).  By default, the iTunes Media folder is in the folder that the file to iTunes library.  But you can use iTunes preferences Advanced tab to change the location of the iTunes Media to an iTunes library folder.  However, two Mac share the same iTunes Media folder is also not ideal, because if you make a change (for example, the addition of a new song) to a Mac, the other Mac iTunes library will not know this change.

The best solution, I think, is to use the share at home with two Macs.  If the iMac has 'primary' iTunes library, set to share its library on your home network.  This is done in the tab of sharing a iTunes preferences.  You can access iTunes library to the iMac for iTunes running on the MacBook.  All media files are stored on the iMac and the MacBook has access to the same files.  You can set the iMac iTunes library to download automatically the iTunes Store purchases on other devices (which use the same Apple ID), including the MacBook (on the Bank of iTunes preferences tab).  Keep the library iTune to the iMac as the master repository with "everything." the MacBook can have its own separate iTunes content (for when it is outside the iMac), but when he is on the same network, iTunes of the MacBook can directly access the iMac iTunes library (provided that the iMac is not turned off or sleep).

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