4 Ways to Listen to Same iTunes Library On Multiple Computers
If you have multiple computers with iTunes, chances are the music on them isn’t in sync, and you have separate songs on each. Maintaining separate music collections doesn’t make sense if you listen to music on these computers frequently. Why not combine the iTunes libraries or sync/share them using other methods? Saves time and effort, right?
Here are four methods to get your iTunes library on multiple computers. No need to have duplicates, so pick one of these methods to get all your favorite tunes from one location.
1. Move the iTunes Files Manually
We’ve covered transferring the iTunes library to a new computer using CopyTrans TuneSwift. Basically, the procedure involves backing up and restoring the necessary folders on a different computer. However, this method requires backing up and restoring the library for every new change to keep the music updated.
2. Sync Two iTunes Folders with BitTorrent Sync
To avoid constantly reproducing procedures to update libraries, use BitTorrent Sync. It will keep the libraries synced, reflecting every change instantly. Download BitTorrent Sync here.
Click the button called “Add a Sync Folder” and choose “Browse”. Find the iTunes folder containing your music. Click “Generate” to create a new secret key, which will be used on the other computer to sync the music. You can copy this key now or later.
On another computer, find the iTunes folder and paste the previously generated key into the top text area. The two computers should look the same as shown below. The folder path should be the same for most iTunes setups. Now, any change made to one system will be reflected on the other. For example, if you rename a song on your laptop, the change will be made on your desktop library almost instantly. The rate at which the synced computers update depends on network speed and the application’s response time.
Check the Transfers and History tabs in BitTorrent Sync if there are issues with the changes. These sections can identify a slow network (if the transfer is hanging) or lack of transfer (if history doesn’t reflect changes).
3. Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes
If you lack disk space on both machines, enable Home Sharing in iTunes. Access this option by selecting File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing from the menu.
Another computer on the same network can view the media you choose to share, with or without a password.
Cool Tip: You can use Home Sharing on an iOS device. Follow this guide to learn how.
4. Stream Using Subsonic
If you have limited disk space or want to expand the Home Sharing method for connections outside the network, Subsonic may be the solution. Simply install the program, select the iTunes folders, set up port forwarding for network access, and you can access your music from any computer.
Begin by downloading the program. After installation, the server will start without any prompts, but you can access the settings from the notification area.
The server’s active state, on or off, is controlled in the Status tab. In the Settings tab, you will find the port number, which is currently set to 4040. You have the option to change this value, but for this example, we will leave it as is.
Step 3: Note your local IP address by running the command Ipconfig in a command prompt.
Step 4: Enter the Default Gateway address into a browser.
Find Port Forwarding in the Applications & Gaming section of our Linksys router.
Enter the port from Step 2 and the IP from Step 3 like this:
Step 5: Access localhost:4040 in a browser.
Provide credentials to sign on. Use the default username and password: admin/admin.
Change this password on the Settings > Users > Admin page before proceeding.
Step 6: Click the Settings menu at the top and choose Media folders. Type the folder you want for streaming from Subsonic. We’ve chosen the default music folder.
Step 7: Access the library on another computer by entering the external IP and port number (4040). The format should be IP:Port.
All the music in the folder from Step 6 will be displayed and available for streaming.
If you want to listen to your iTunes music on another computer, use one of these methods. You should find one of these guides can accommodate your situation – whether you like to stream or sync the files.
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