Not many people realize the benefits and perks of having iTunes file sharing. Not only you won’t have to equip yourself with a device with loads of storage compartments, you can also share the contents of your library in the most efficient ways. Forget about copying and pasting them; it only takes energy and time, especially if you have hundreds – even thousands – of files within your possession. Another cool thing about the file sharing is the easiness for you to share almost anything – music files, videos folders, movie streaming, and so many more – among 5 different devices without hassle or fuss. There are different ways to share files on different devices; you should read on to know each one of them.
Sharing Music by Using Different Account
If you are going to use different accounts on a single computer, there are some steps that you need to do to tweak the iTunes setting and adjustment. If you want your music to be available for other users, make sure that you have moved iTunes Media Folder into a public spot.
- For Mac OS X users, you need to quit iTunes first.
- Go to iTunes Media folder, which should be in ~/Music/iTunes by default. However, if you create the iTunes library in iTunes 9 or higher, the folder may be called iTunes Music. Keep in mind that ~ represents Home Folder. Other users won’t be able to access these locations.
- Remove the iTunes Media folder into the public location. You can use Public folder other locations outside the Home Folder. Keep in mind that you only want to move the iTunes Media folder, NOT iTunes library .xml file, iTunes folder, or iTunes library file.
- Open the iTunes
- Click on iTunes and then Preferences
- Click on Advanced and choose Change button
- You will see a window open, go to iTunes Media folder.
- Click on Open or Choose.
If your operating system is Windows, these are the steps that you should follow:
- Quit iTunes
- Find iTunes Media folder, which should be named iTunes Music if you use iTunes 9 or higher. There are other alternatives by defaults, such as:
- \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes for Windows 2000 or XP
- \Users\username\Music\iTunes for Windows 7, Vista, or 8
- Keep in mind, though, that iTunes in Windows version doesn’t copy all the music files that you add from the iTunes library to the iTunes Media folder. If you want to copy them all, you need to click on Consolidate Library from File, click on Library, and then choose Organize.
- Move the iTunes Media folder to public location, which are:
- \Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music for Windows 2000 and XP
- \Users\Public\Public Music for Windows 7, Vista, and 8
- Never move iTunes library.xml file, iTunes library file, or iTunes folder
- Open the iTunes
- Click on Edit and then Preferences
- Click on Advanced and Change button
- There will be a dialog in Change Music Folder Location, you need to navigate to iTunes Media folder
- Choose OK
These steps need to be repeated by every user that you want to share your music with. In the case different users using your computer are keeping music within the same public folder, duplicate music files may exist – especially when one imports music, which has already been imported, from a CD.
Now that you have learned about sharing the music files, how about learning the steps to hear other users’ music?
- You can open iTunes
- Click on iTunes and then Preferences, and then choose Advanced
- Deselect the options "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to the library file” and then choose OK
- Choose File and Add to Library. If you are using Windows, you can also choose Add Folder to Library in case you want to add folders of songs
- You will see an open window. Navigate your way to the spot where other music files are kept (for example iTunes Media folder)
- Choose Open
If there are different users wanting to listen to the music folders, they need to repeat these steps from the beginning to the end. Moreover, if there is another user using your computer and they import a new music files from a CD, repeat step 4 to 5 so the files can be added to the library.
Moving the iTunes Library to New Computer
In case you have a new computer and you want to move the library to the new device, there are some things you need to do first. Make sure that you have backed up your library. You can also update the already existing backup before you make any attempts to move it. There are some different solutions for different devices.
If you want to remove the contents from the external drive to your Mac device, you need to do this:
- Go to Finder menu, and click on Preferences
- Enable the boxes next to “Hard disks” and “External disks”
Afterward, you need to:
- Install iTunes. Make sure to download the latest version only
- In case you have used iTunes on the new computer, make sure to move the media to a new folder so anything that you add to your new computer won’t be separated from the old iTunes library.
- Copy the backup. You can do these:
- Locate these folders in the new computer:
- On Mac device, choose Go, click on Home from the Finder bar, and then double click on Music Folder
- On Windows XP, go to \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\.
- On Windows Vista, go to \Users\username\Music\iTunes.
- On Windows 7 and 8, go to\Users\username\My Music\iTunes.
- Move the iTunes folder: From Music folder to Desktop in Mac or My Music folder to Desktop in Windows
- Locate the external drive on desktop on Mac or in My Computer in Windows
- Double click on you external drive so it can be opened