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By barooo (Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:53:57 AM EST) mp3s, mac, itunes, lazyweb, beret, friggin intense (all tags)

What is the best strategy for managing one's music collection in iTunes when said collection is too big to fit on one's local hard drive?



I have an external hard drive, formatted as FAT32, which has my music collection on it.  I let iTunes import everything and "organize" it, using BIGASSDISK:Music as the "iTunes Music Folder Location".

Now that I have a laptop, which will not always be connected to the external hard drive, what is the best general strategy for this?

The requirements are: When the hard drive is available, I can play the music from iTunes with a minimum of fuss.  When the hard drive is not available, I don't have to do anything differently.

I suppose a bonus would be an easy way of selecting a subset of music to copy to the laptop's hdd for portable enjoyment.  Also, I will use the laptop for ripping and purchasing/downloading/"backing up", so I need to be able to easily be able to add new music to the master location.  I could probably do this with a relatively straightforward cron job.

The only semi-elegant thing I've come up with is to connect the external HDD to my PC and reboot into windows, fire up iTunes, and share it from there, then listen to it via streaming when I'm on the home network.  But the thought of having my PC run windows 24x7 does not appeal to me very much (i.e., not at all).  iTunes under WINE or some hippie software that is capable of presenting an iTunes usable stream served from Lunix would be better yet, if not perfect.

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Music industry answer: by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:04:13 AM EST
You should download and pay each time you want to listen.
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Sadly by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:18:36 AM EST
This is one place that iTunes is broken. A better player would show you whatever subset of your library is available. If I knew of something that did it right, I'd recommend it.
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Use Libra. by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:31:12 AM EST
Libra lets you manage multiple iTunes libraries.  Have one on the laptop and one on the big drive.  Libra lets you switch back and forth pretty easily.

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get a by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 12:51:08 PM EST
NSLU2.  I loved mine.

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I run mt-daapd on my loonix box by creo (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:01:47 PM EST
and then stream from there to my various itunes clients. This way both Mrs C and the CUs can listen to whatever they want back home while I listen to The Saints here in Helsinki via my trusty openVPN.

The only thing is if you are not on the local subnet you eed to set up a rendezvous beacon - I use Rendezvous Proxy on my Doze laptop and I cant remember the one on my Apple (Im away from it right now).

Works a treat - the daapd served music appears as share in itunes and you just play. The only hassle is that its read only, so play lists have to be built on the server. I have not actually done this though - I believe you can script smartlists as well.

The other hassle is I have not yet found a client for my loonix desktop - I tried that Gnome thing (rythymbox?) but it did not find the lib.

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