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what is this
Sep 11, 2001

it is a lemur


I've used iTunes with the database on an external hard drive since Mac OS 9 and version 1.0


Make alias of iTunes music folder, point alias at external drive, name appropriate so iTunes can't replace or create a local library since the alias is already there.

Never had a problem.

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what is this
Sep 11, 2001

it is a lemur


Goldguy27 posted:

what?

alias

it's also called a symbolic link, the functionality is very robust on the mac.

what is this
Sep 11, 2001

it is a lemur


I think an mac os alias is a type of symbolic link, whereas the unix-style is another type, but that may not be correct.

what is this
Sep 11, 2001

it is a lemur


TangyRaptor posted:


Can anyone tell me why this happens? As far as I can tell the tags are all exactly the same for artist, album, album artist, etc. I have a couple albums like this where everything seems identical, yet it separates them.

Select both together using the shift key, hit apple-i for get info, make sure all the information is really the same. You can't see everything in those tags, and there could be something like a trailing spacebar after a name somewhere.

what is this
Sep 11, 2001

it is a lemur


TangyRaptor posted:

Yeah that's how I was looking at the info.

no, I meant select both albums at the same time, using the shift key, and hit apple-i to edit both simultaneously. They can't be different if you do this.

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what is this
Sep 11, 2001

it is a lemur


use iTunes library sharing and stream from laptop to desktop.

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