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Old 01-31-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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How to merge two iTunes libraries

I'm sorry if this is an easy one... I want to merge two iTunes libraries (work & home) and keep all of the ratings, play counts, etc from both.

Is it as simple as just using the Export and Import functions built into iTunes?

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Old 01-31-2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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I never used the import/export for libraries in iTunes so I can't advise you on that but if you search for "export library" in iTunes Help I think it you'll find the answer.

I like iTunes but its inability to handle multiple libraries is just Bad Design.

I have an exteral harddrive where I store most of my music but unfortunately iTunes only supports one Library at one location at a time. There are freeware solutions for quickly switching between Libraries, I used Libra for a while and it did the job but I just wish Apple would finally realize the need for multiple Libraries in iTunes and iPhoto.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:50 AM   #3
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I just wish Apple would finally realize the need for multiple Libraries in iTunes and iPhoto.

Yea, I definitely agree. iTunes needs a multiple library function bad. Not sure if you know this or not... but iPhoto has been able to do this since at least version 5. Hold down the option key while opening iPhoto. You'll be given the option to choose a library or create another one.

Still waiting on this feature in iTunes. Sure wish Apple developers would listen to their users suggestions a little more. This has been the plea of iTunes users for a while now. Doesnt seem like such a difficult feature to implement.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:27 PM   #4
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Still waiting on this feature in iTunes. Sure wish Apple developers would listen to their users suggestions a little more. This has been the plea of iTunes users for a while now. Doesnt seem like such a difficult feature to implement.

Could it be, then, that this (not having such an ability) is part of their agreements with the content providers? Could the CPs view a multi-library feature as "abetting piracy"? I.E. one folder for your legit stuff and another for illegal downloads?

Just being Devil's Advocate here. It is a possibility.

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Old 02-02-2006, 07:07 AM   #5
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More likely, if it was the content providers, they probably would have done it to keep people from "borrowing" someone elses library for a couple weeks (say, while on vacation), then then de-atherizing the computer when they were done.
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:07 AM   #6
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May find something here that will do what you need...

http://www.dougscripts.com
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Old 02-02-2006, 03:34 PM   #7
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May find something here that will do what you need...

http://www.dougscripts.com

Yes, there is iTunes Library Manager. Which for the time being will do the job. It still just doesnt make since for Apple to not include this option.

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More likely, if it was the content providers, they probably would have done it to keep people from "borrowing" someone elses library for a couple weeks (say, while on vacation), then then de-atherizing the computer when they were done.

They added the feature to iPhoto. Content providers of stock photo disks (Corel, etc.) could make the same arguement if the above is true. Of course music is shared more than images... but
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Old 02-02-2006, 06:30 PM   #8
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but... Contnet providers of stock photos don't sell billions of songs on iTunes
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Old 02-02-2006, 06:35 PM   #9
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ohhh... good point. But you can still authorize purchased songs from iTunes on up to 5 machines. It doesnt seem like entire library management should be prohibited b/c of copyright. They are already regulating it with the 5 authorizations.
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:08 PM   #10
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How to merge two iTunes libraries

A new product called TuneRanger has just been released that can synchronize or merge any two iTunes libraries over a network. TuneRanger is available in Mac and Windows versions so you can even sync or merge iTunes libraries on different platforms. It syncs music, video and playlists within iTunes.

More info at www.acertant.com.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:19 AM   #11
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Has any of you figured that the best way to merge two libraries might just exist in exporting lib2 on e.g. an external disk or a 32GB flash stick and simply drag/drop its songs in your main lib and once finished, using iTunes "File --> Show Duplicates" to filter those out? Looks simple enough to me.

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Old 01-02-2009, 06:26 PM   #12
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TuneRanger: didn't work for me

I tried TuneRanger yesterday with some horrible results.
It crashed a couple of times. It rewrote the name of my address book file
and of the applescripts application. After using tuneranger iTunes would periodically fail to open complaining that the iTunes Library was locked or in a locked folder or on a disk I did not have access to.

If I did get iTunes open, I would get the following error message about once a minute.

"The itunes Library file cannot be saved. An unknown error has occured (-50)"

I am running 10.5.6 and the latest iTunes.

It took many, many hours to recover.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:38 PM   #13
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Supersync

Have you guys tried SuperSync? I find it a great iTunes synching device. Itís working great for me and my family to merge music between our computers to create a master library around the house.

Check it out for yourself. You can download it for free:

http://supersync.com/
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:10 PM   #14
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Download is free. $25 to use... not so attractive an option.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #15
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iTunes on 2 libraries

This is possible via Libra. I have 2 500 gig drives of music. One is jazz and one is rock and blues. When you click on the Libra icon, you get the choice of which itunes library you want. After that, iTunes only sees whichever one you chose. I know of people using it to keep a separate library for each member of the family. Excellent product for only $10. http://www.sillybit.com/libra/
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