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My setup is all my music is on the macpro desktop and is shared with my macbook pro notebook...once the desktop computer is sleeping/shutting down i cannot get the music shared from the desktop...

what to do?...i don't want to copy all the music to the notebook...don't want to waste the hd...

also, i don't want to leave the desktop computer on all the time...might be waste of energy...

ideas of how to share?

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Put all the music on an external, and check in the disks info box ignore permissions on this volume. Then your external can move with whatever mac you are using.

In the guide below substitue account for other mac

Keeping your iTunes collection on an external

The following assumes you want to keep all your iTunes music and movies on an external disk and ensure new music is always stored on the external drive, and that you want to share the iTunes library among multiple Users of your mac

First, you need to consolidate your iTunes Library to a folder you have chosen of the external drive.

Select the command consolidate library from the Advanced Menu. This will copy all your itunes media to the external folder and link the itunes library file to it

The files will now be on the external while the library.xml file (the index as it were) will still be in the Users > Me > Music folder of your mac.

If you want this file on the external as well as well, copy it to external iTunes folder, start itunes with the alt key pressed and you will have the option to select the library file now on the external

Select the library file you just copied and now both your music and the library are on the external

Press the alt key in the other account to get iTunes to see the library file, now both accounts are using the same index. Make sure both Users itunes have the same location for the music folder set in their advances preferences.

Also make sure that all users have read and write privileges for the external folder and the library.xml file

You can now delete the old Itunes folder off your mac
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