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How To Video: Sync iTunes on multiple computers

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How To Video: Sync iTunes on multiple computers

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Donald Bell shows you how to sync your iTunes libraries among multiple computers in your home.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:11 >> Donald: Hey there, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com and today I'm going to show you how to sync your iTunes libraries between multiple computers in your home using a new feature in iTunes 9 called Home Sharing. It's a great solution for those times when you buy an album or a TV show on your computer and your wife or kid wants a copy on their computer too. It also comes in handy if you have a laptop and a home computer whose music collections have branched apart and you'd like to get them back in sync. The first step is to make sure all the computers in your home are running iTunes 9 or later and are connected to the web through your home router. Next, find the first computer you want to share from and select the Home Sharing icon in the left window of iTunes. If you don't see an icon, go into the advanced menu of iTunes and select Turn Home Sharing On. In the main window you should see a place to plug in your iTunes store login and password. After hitting Create Home Share repeat these same steps on the other computers in your home. iTunes only allows a maximum of 5 computers to be authorized so if you're managing more than that choose carefully. After you're done you should see each of the other libraries appear in the left window of iTunes. From here you can browse and play any of the files and best of all you can transfer content out of one library and into another. To quickly see just the content you don't already have use the menu in the lower left corner to filter out the duplicates. You can also use the Settings button in the lower right corner to automatically transfer any new iTunes store purchases between libraries. Automatic syncing works only with iTunes Purchase Content and applies to purchases made after the setting was switched on, so old purchases will still need to be transferred manually. So that's Home Sharing on iTunes 9, a feature that makes it much easier to distribute your iTunes music and videos across all the computers in your home. For CNET.com I'm Donald Bell. ^E00:02:03

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