Apr 2, I decided recently that I wanted to have multiple users on my main machine to divide my work items from my play items. It's hard to get work.
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- How to share iTunes libraries between user accounts in OS X
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- iTunes on a single Mac w/multiple users
- Part 2. How to Share iTunes Library with Home Sharing
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Another observation: Perhaps a previous list? Thanks, again!!! Just got my first Mac and have separate accounts for myself and hubby, this worked great. We also have an iphone each and were able to authorise the second itunes account on this computer and sync apps to both phones. Thanks very much for the walkthrough. Better than the apple solution by far. I think this is down to my misunderstanding of file permissions.
I had added him to the iTunes permissions list. I removed him from the permissions list leaving the staff group there and it started working again. Getting there… J. The is actually a triplet of permissions. The first number is the permission for the owner of the file. The second for those in the group that owns the file, the third for everyone else. So means owner and group can read write and execute, everyone else and read and execute only. So your other user will need to be in the same group to inherit the group permissions.
Alternatively, set it if you only have a couple of users and want to share the iTunes library amongst all users. I did have a problem with the chmod Terminal command as well, but solved it through Get Info windows and changed it there successfully. What if my wife and I who use separate accounts on the same Mac wanted to keep separate playlists and play counts. When one imports it, the other would have it too. Hi Mark,Thanks for the kind comment.
I had a reader contact me offline that wanted to be able to select different files to sync to their iPod for each user. The best I could think of was having a playlist for each user. Both users would be able to see it though. There is also a section in there for playlists. Using your directions Thanks! That way I suppose still copying over 50Gb my playlists, ratings, playcount, etc WILL be copied over to the actual shared library.
I just wanted to say thanks. I thought I had a decent sharing system set up, where both users were looking at the same location for files, but if either of us added files, it was a pain whenever either of us added a new file. Thanks for this tutorial. Do you know how I can solve this? Using the same macbook I setup for this original post, I received an error starting iTunes using the second account saying the Library was locked, etc. Must have been an iTunes update. Is this normal? Each user is defined as an Administrator. Will this make a difference?
Did you move the entire iTunes folder? If so it should all work fine. If you only moved the iTunes library file then it wont work properly. Yep, moved the whole itunes folder to the the Shared user folder. Everything is in there from what I can tell. Do I need to run the same commands under the second user or just the first user? Sounds like one might still be pointing to the old library if you copied it.
Steve, thanks again for your assistance. Thanks so much for these instructions. It seems to have almost worked for me but I have run into one problem. I am the user the added the iTunes folder to shared. But if we try to play a song we get the following message: Would you like to locate it? Hi Deborah, Sounds like your music files might be in your account so your husband's account can't access them? It should be in Shared. If not, do this. The crucial one is the Copy files. You need it to copy the files to the iTunes folder when adding music otherwise iTunes will look for them from where you added them, which could be anywhere in your account.
The act of moving it all into Shared makes all of these files visible to other users. You might need to re-add the files if they aren't in Shared. To do this, just drag them out into a folder on your Desktop, delete from iTunes, then drag back in and they'll be copied into the iTunes Media folder, which is now in Shared.
This all worked beautifully.
How to share iTunes libraries between user accounts in OS X
Thanks, Steve, for laying out such a thorough and clear process. Someone had asked earlier in the thread if the same fix works for iPhoto. Otherwise works like a charm. Thanks for the easy instructions on how to share one library between two users. All worked like a charm, until I bought a song on one account.
When I change the permissions the changes work for the songs already added, but not for those I add after I make the permission changes. Not sure about purchased songs sorry. I really wish Apple would put out an official solution…. This thread is incredibly useful. Thanks to you and everyone else who has contributed. Here are the facts specific to my situation: I tried sharing our music using the method recommended by Apple, but came unstuck when I tried to sync our phones. The phones appear to get confused when trying to sync the apps. The Apple article says to move the iTunes Media folder to the Shared folder, but for iTunes 9, this includes the Mobile Applications folder.
Friends of mine who have migrated from older versions of iTunes do not seem to have the same problem because their iTunes Music folder is stored separately from their Mobile Applications folder, meaning it can be moved without causing the same confusion. Unfortunately, to someone with my limited expertise, this does not appear to be possible in iTunes 9. Do you know a neat solution or could you suggest a work around. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
The solution was to reset the permissions again via the chmod command. We only have the two users so set it to — insecure if you are on a large multi user system but fine for normal use between a handful of trusted users. Hope this helps,Steve. Though there are songs we each have in our own respective libraries we would like to share with each other. Following these steps will allow us to utilize the other persons library, but is there a way to copy songs from one library to another easily?
I really don't want to combine all of our music into one library that is shared I heard this technique from a friend. There must be an easier way. Please help this beginner MAC user. You can do this by just selecting music or albums in iTunes and dragging them out to copy the music files. Technically it should so long as both accounts have RW access to the same folder.
Post here if it works out, and the process you followed! Nobody in the discussions seems to know either. I will be linking some people to this page. It worked like a charm for me, except I used the Get Info window to change permissions recursively. I added one user and gave her read-write, not everyone.
Part 1. How to Share iTunes Library with AnyTrans
Follow-up to previous comment: Seems to be a problem-free solution so far! If too much trouble, then please point me in the right direction for additional help. My husband has an iphone and itunes account already on our macbook. I had no issue with your instructions first try and all seems to be working. I have a 1 TB built in drive that I would much rather use for this purpose.
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Then you can drag and drop the folders you need between the windows. You new Mac should have come with a manual about the basics, if not, I think you can get one from the Apple site as a PDF. Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your typing when using sudo. Why is it now working for my wife even though I aborted , but not my daughter? Improper use of the sudo command does have the possibility to wreak havoc, since you are running the command as a privileged user.
This one is safe to run. Steve,Thanks for the input on how to successfully share an itunes library however I am coming across one glitch. I can add music, apps, books, and movies without any issues in either account. However, I can only download podcasts from one user. When I am in the other account it tells me that there is not enough permission to download however the permissions for all folders are correct. Any suggestions?
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Great blog, really easy to understand. Got a small problem that i just cant get the permissions to work for my wife user account. Im fairly new to how a mac works. We have just brought a mac mini and its great. Very annoying. Moved the whole itunes folder as you described and then carried out the commands in terminal. The next command seem to work alright, when i pressed enter a whole page of script appeared. Went ti the new shared library and got a message telling me that this library is locked or on a locked disc etc etc.
Tried it again using and still the same. Im now stuck and cant work out what to do. We are running version Maybe this is the problem. Be really helpful if you could give me any help to get this to work. Many thanks Gav. Hi Chris, Just move the folder back and start iTunes with the key combo, then point it to the new location. Then you can delete it from the shared location. My question concerns using your method with an external hard drive.
My wife recently purchased an iPhone and now we want to setup her iTunes on her user account to share the iTunes media stored on the external HD as well as setup her own iTunes account for her to download apps, music, etc.. I would like to know if your above instructions will work the same way with an external hard drive.
Hi, Yes it should work, though this was mainly about sharing the actual iTunes folder as well.
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As long as you ensure the music is on the external drive then add it to iTunes it will work. Your best bet might be to move the iTunes folder tithe external drive though. I have my iTunes library on an external hard drive. What command should I enter in Terminal at step 7? Or is step 7 unnecessary when the library is on an external device? As the last comment is from Jan , I just wanted to know if this will still work with OS Mavericks and the latest version of iTunes?
Give it a go. Make sure you have the permissions set correctly. Hi Shane. Had no trouble at all. Still the best way of sharing other than network drives. Thanks for the great tutorial. I want to add one caveat: It seems that everything works as it should but when switching user accounts powering down iTunes before switching, of course , I have found iTunes Match turned off on the other account.
If you enable it on the active account, it will be disabled on the other account after switching and vice versa. Since both my wife and I use Match to free up space on our phones, this is a deal breaker for us, unfortunately. Not your problem, of course, but I thought anyone else in a similar situation might want a heads up.
I am about to set this up on a new Mac.
Part 2. How to Share iTunes Library with Home Sharing
I have been thinking of using iTunes Match in the future. Any insight as to why this causes a problem? Anyone have suggestions for a fix? Here you will see all the content in your iTunes library, and you can select the songs or movies to share to any iPhone by clicking the To Device button on the upper right corner. With AnyTrans, you can directly share content from one iPhone to another, and to computer.
Select the files you want to share and click the right button. Except for the above 2 ways, you can also use iTunes to share your iTunes library with your families or friends. And before starting, make sure that your have iTunes open on your computer for other people to see your shared library and playlists.
At the same time, you should make the Sharing is intended for personal use and works only with computers on the same home network. Open iTunes to access iTunes library on your computer. Share selected playlist: Important Note: What if you find out the songs lost after sharing iTunes library with your friends or families? Sharing iTunes library with AnyTrans is easy and straightforward, and you can also share messages, contacts, notes, photos and more from one iPhone to another with it. Now download AnyTrans to get free trial. Summary How to share your iTunes library with your families or friends with ease?
Extract your iTunes library, and show you all the media files in it like music, playlist, movies, TV Shows, ringtones, audiobooks, etc.
Allow you to share content in iTunes library to any iPhone, and no existing data will be wiped. Transfer music, videos, ringtones, voice memos, photos and more from iPhone to iPhone directly, and to computer as backup.