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Automating Shared iTunes Library Access

Automating Shared iTunes Library Access

I’ve been sharing my iTunes library in-house with multiple Macs reading from the same library on a shared drive for about three months now. One issue I keep running into is iTunes’ lock of the library–if iTunes is open on one Mac and I need to get to the library from another it requires a trip or remote login to the Mac running iTunes to shut it down. I figured there had to be a way to overcome this and after several hours of research, help from the TheMacTipper, Daring Fireball, Dropbox and a bit of trial-and-error, I’ve crafted a solution which runs with only a click or two.

WARNING: This process is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t understand what I am talking about you probably should not proceed. It took me quite a few logouts and reboots to get things working so if you’re not up for potentially experiencing the same headaches I experienced please look elsewhere for a solution.