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share music file management between Itunes n Windows Media P

by sussexfun / January 15, 2012 7:22 PM PST

Is it possible to share music file management between itunes and windows medai player?
I have over 1000cd's and to have to copies takes a huge amount of storage.
I want to store music in one place and have itunes and windows media player use the same file. i would prefer to use wmp over itunes but cant get my iphone4 (not4s) to sync and musicmonkey and other programs dont allow the lates phones and softwear updates to link.
Im on windows 7 64bit
current file system is:
All in file://\\GOFLEX_HOME\GoFlex Home Backup\Gregory_Backup\2011-09-20_18-06-22\Memeo\2011-09-20_18-06-22\F_\Office Computer Backup\B My Music
and then many sub folders

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Re: sharing
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 15, 2012 7:31 PM PST

No problem.

Both WMP and iTunes have a LIBRARY that is kind of a table of contents that points to the mp3 or wav-files you ripped from your CD's. They don't store the music themselves.

So what you want (use WMP to listen to the music on your PC) and iTunes to synchronize with your mobile devices can be done without storing the music files twice. I

Kees

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reply to Kees
by sussexfun / January 15, 2012 8:46 PM PST
In reply to: Re: sharing

Thanks for your answer, could you expand on how i get itunes to read the same file without copying them into itunes.

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Re: copying into Itunes
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 5:17 AM PST
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You can't copy into a program. All you do is link to them.

Try this. Find a mp3 that you have both in iTunes and in WMP. Let's say it's called MySong.mp3. Then use your favorite file manager (like Windows Explorer or My Computer) to search for MySong.mp3. Most likely it will only find one file, somewhere in My Music or whereever you store them.

Kees

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Need more detail
by sussexfun / January 17, 2012 3:47 PM PST

In I tunes I have tried to set it to my music, but for some reason it did not work. I went through the advance settings. I don't have any problem knowing where my music is stored it's just getting iTunes to read it and share the same file as wmp,

If you do know how to make iTunes do this please give a detailed reply how to.

Window 7 64bit
iTunes 10

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Re: Adding music to iTunes
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 4:47 PM PST
In reply to: Need more detail
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1473 tells how to do it. Google found it for me when I searched for ITUNES ADD MUSIC TO LIBRARY. Alas, it's for iTunes 9, not for iTunes 10. But it might still work.

Kees
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I think the question is being missed here
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 17, 2012 8:55 PM PST

The op wants to use one location for their music.

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Yes and No
by sussexfun / January 19, 2012 10:57 PM PST

This has fixed it and done what i was hoping to do, I knew it wouldnt be a perfect answer to my problem but it has done it. Itunes dose work differently to WMP, so I have to accept that genre's are mixed up so i now have the pleasure of sorting out 1000 cd's into some kind of order. I "think" and hope that if i move them around in Itunes it dosent move them from there original file so it wont ,ess up WMP?

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itunes and WMP
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 19, 2012 11:44 PM PST
In reply to: Yes and No

changing things up in iTunes will have no effect on the way that WMP sees the files.
The way they are organized in iTunes does not involve physically moving files.

As to being a long winded way of doing things, that is something that you have created with your requirement to use WMP.

Perhaps the perceived differences between WMP and iTunes depends on the platform you are used to. Personally I find WMP to be a clunky piece of software but and very intrusive when it comes to content.
But that's only my opinion.

glad we have found a solution to your problem

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