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PaulyD

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Nifty iTunes feature: using multiple libraries
« on: January 29, 2009, 10:51:04 am »

I'm sure some of you know this already, but I thought I'd post this for everyone else.

iTunes has a handy feature that allows you to freely create and switch between iTunes libraries.

On a Mac, just hold the option key down while launching iTunes, continue holding the option key down during launch until you are presented with the dialog box to create or choose an iTunes library. For Windows, press and hold the shift key down instead.

This is really handy if you want to keep your works-in-progress rough mixes separate from your iTunes library of commercially released music.

I know myself, even with all the view and sorting options in iTunes, it gets to be a hassle to track down and delete rough mix tracks within my regular listening library. Having a separate rough mix library makes this much easier and quicker.

Paul

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Re: Nifty iTunes feature: using multiple libraries
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 11:18:25 am »

Thanks, Paul.  That's going to be very helpful.

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Re: Nifty iTunes feature: using multiple libraries
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009, 12:29:49 pm »

Nice trick, now if I can figureout how to move my library to another external drive that has more room...
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Re: Nifty iTunes feature: using multiple libraries
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 06:15:23 pm »

Fibes wrote on Tue, 17 February 2009 09:29

Nice trick, now if I can figureout how to move my library to another external drive that has more room...


Easily done: linky

I've been doing this for a long time, and it's great for accessing iTunes libraries from multiple user accounts.

fwiw, originally, I just copied my iTunes folder from my home folder to another hard drive and made an alias to it. Later on, I did go into the iTunes preferences and specify the non-startup drive as the location where the iTunes folder is.

Works great, lasts a long time...

Paul
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