How To Sync All the iTunes Libraries In Your House

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magicdude

I guess I'm a bit confused as to the "big deal" with media rover. Apparently it keeps a library on your local computer(s) as well as a library on your NAS drive. Is that true? But what do you do when you have 100 GB of music on your NAS drive and not on the local computer? How do you get Media Rover to recognize those files? I don't really see the big advantage over iTunes other than perhaps the libraries on multiple computers staying sync'd.

Let me see if I understand this: If my wife rips a cd to her iTunes library, iTunes will save it to her local drive (iMac). Media rover will see this and copy it to the NAS drive, then update my library by copying it to my local drive and adding it to my iTunes library. All automatically.

This is all fine and dandy, but what if my wife and I are using the same iMac, but with separate user accounts. Will it duplicate the music when saving to the local drive? Subsequently bloating my computer with duplicated tracks?

Conversely, (minus Media Rover) I can tell my iTunes to access the iTunes library on the NAS drive rather than my local drive. iTunes will save newly ripped cd's to that folder (NAS drive) and will access that folder to play music. My wife can do exactly the same. While our separate iTunes libraries won't stay automatically sync'd, its not a big deal to manually add the new tracks.

Am I missing something? There doesn't seem to be a big advantage over the built in control from iTunes.

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shawnmoss

Hi All,
What if I didn't want to sync all my libraries together, I just wanted to sync all my libraries in my home to one computer, which I would use as an iTunes media server for my Apple TV's to stream off of. I cannot use iTunes homesharing because I have more than 5 computers with media content in my home. Could I use a syncing service such as SpiderOak? Or is there something much simpler than that?

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Kmeyer6051

I am new to this idea of iTunes sharing. I now know what a NAS drive is. I am all Mac at my house with several computers and thus, several different iTunes libraries. I know iTunes has a function of sharing music across the different computers, but that only works if the specific computers are turned on and running iTunes if want to listen to a specific song. (if there is another way, please help). Having said that, I am considering purchasing a Apple Time Capsule for the purpose of back-ups on all the computers as good measure anyway. I understand the Time Capsule will also share files via NAS. Do I still need to run Media Rover to access them? Or, will a static IP address (via cable company) be sufficient? Am I going in the right direction??

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timbreese

After setting up my AirPort Extreme the only way I could get MediaRover to connect was by connecting to Shared Disks with AirPort Extreme password and Allowing Guest Access. I would prefer to do it your way if I could figure out the problem.

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Mac Man Jim

Is there an app similar to this that allows syncing movies? I'd like to store all my movies on a drive and have access to them from my iOS devices and my MacBook pro when I'm not home.

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stepheneasley

I've got computers in Austin and DC - any way to use this to keep my Austin Computer "synced" to my DC computers?

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aztripp

Are the records of individuals libraries used for marketing purposes to support the Media Rover ? How can this service be "free"?

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corybohon

The MediaRover privacy policy (found here) mentions the following: 

We collect personally identifiable information, like names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by our visitors. The information you provide is used to fulfill you specific requests. This information is only used to fulfill your specific request, unless you give us permission to use it in another manner, for example to add you to one of our mailing lists.

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MacAddict4Life

Thanks. :) As I recall, the ratings are not stored in the metadata, but in the iTunes library file. Thus no other sync solution handles them. It's pretty frustrating.

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corybohon

It seems that you may be right about that. I just tested and it doesn't appear that MediaRover syncs ratings. 

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MacAddict4Life

Does it sync ratings? No solution I've ever found, including those that keep the metadata in files in sync, syncs ratings. This is why I have never found a sync solution that works for me!

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corybohon

In my testing, I didn't notice if ratings were synced along with the meta data. I know that Media Rover does seem to sync and keep in check all metadata associated with songs. 

I will hook my MediaRover server back up and will check for you, however. Stay tuned and I will let you know if ratings sync via MediaRover. 

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