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Hello!

I'm a new member to your forums, and a new mac owner as well. My wife has been on macs for a while, and I once was (long, long ago), so I am getting familiar with it all again.

Basically, we have two OS X laptops (iBook G4 and PowerBook G4) and a desktop PC all connected to our network. We've got a large collection of music, but it's currently spread across the three computers.

I'd like to set up my machines to synchronise their music folders automatically, so if I rip a CD on my wife's machine (because my CD Rom doesn't work), it will evventually show up on my machine.

Right now I can do it through Finder and using the network (i.e. filesharing is working properly), but I find it tedious and labour intensive.

If I can do this, then I'd like to set it up to do the same with all of our photos. It's hard to keep track of where all our photos end up.

Even if it is only possible betwen the two macs, that would be preferable to how things currently work.

Thanks for your help!
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I would like to know too. I believe you can do this through a .mac account, but I don't really know of any other way.
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If you all have iTunes you can share that way and see new music if you rip CDs in iTunes. If you still want to share actual folders, I believe you can set a folder to be shared or possibly stick it in your Public folder.
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If you all have iTunes you can share that way and see new music if you rip CDs in iTunes. If you still want to share actual folders, I believe you can set a folder to be shared or possibly stick it in your Public folder.
Where can I find out more about sharing through iTunes? All the computers use iTunes for our audio playback. I have turned on Music Sharing in iTunes, but I can't understand how it works.

Also, I want to be sure that it copies the music over. I take my laptop to the office during the day, and I don't want to lose my music when I'm not at home.

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In iTunes preferences, with Sharing turned on with all machines you can share (but not write) music on your network. It's read-only for the machines that don't have those songs. The shared libraries show up on the left in iTunes. To copy to travel with, you have to take their music and copy it to your iTunes library. No real way around that to keep them all accessible.
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