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Paul M
2004-08-09, 12:44
For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently have my
slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a G4/500 that
I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which I plan to
keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the slimserver on
my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have to use
itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a way to
set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my existing
playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!

Thanks again

Paul
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Jonathan Greene
2004-08-09, 12:53
I think if you use a symbolic link and keep everything on the 200GB
drive you should be ok. Open the iTunes library file across your home
network (save a symbolic link to it locally) and you should be seeing
the same exact library that the G4 has on your G5.

Paul M wrote:
> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently have my
> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a G4/500 that
> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which I plan to
> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the slimserver on
> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have to use
> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a way to
> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my existing
> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>
> Thanks again
>
> Paul

Ken Anderson
2004-08-09, 13:23
I had done this a while back (not sure what ver), and while everything
else worked, SlimServer could not find my playlists. I had to put the
real files into the standard location in the home directory of the user
running slimserver to get it to recognize the iTunes playlists.

Of course, that may have changed since I had to do that (it was a while
ago).


On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan Greene wrote:

> I think if you use a symbolic link and keep everything on the 200GB
> drive you should be ok. Open the iTunes library file across your home
> network (save a symbolic link to it locally) and you should be seeing
> the same exact library that the G4 has on your G5.
>
> Paul M wrote:
>> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently have
>> my
>> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a
>> G4/500 that
>> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which I
>> plan to
>> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
>> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the
>> slimserver on
>> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have to
>> use
>> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a
>> way to
>> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
>> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
>> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my
>> existing
>> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
>> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>> Thanks again
>> Paul
>

Jonathan Greene
2004-08-09, 13:53
I run Slim for all users on startup and share an iTunes library between
2 users on the same iMac. Works well for me... I don't do it across
the network, though I have on occassion opened the file on my laptop and
it works ok.

Ken Anderson wrote:

> I had done this a while back (not sure what ver), and while everything
> else worked, SlimServer could not find my playlists. I had to put the
> real files into the standard location in the home directory of the user
> running slimserver to get it to recognize the iTunes playlists.
>
> Of course, that may have changed since I had to do that (it was a while
> ago).
>
>
> On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan Greene wrote:
>
>> I think if you use a symbolic link and keep everything on the 200GB
>> drive you should be ok. Open the iTunes library file across your home
>> network (save a symbolic link to it locally) and you should be seeing
>> the same exact library that the G4 has on your G5.
>>
>> Paul M wrote:
>>
>>> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently have my
>>> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a
>>> G4/500 that
>>> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which I
>>> plan to
>>> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
>>> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the
>>> slimserver on
>>> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have to
>>> use
>>> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a
>>> way to
>>> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
>>> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
>>> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my
>>> existing
>>> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
>>> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>>> Thanks again
>>> Paul
>>
>>

Ken Anderson
2004-08-09, 13:55
How do you share the library? A symbolic link, or do you point iTunes
to the same shared location for both users? Can both users modify the
library?


On Aug 9, 2004, at 4:53 PM, Jonathan Greene wrote:

> I run Slim for all users on startup and share an iTunes library
> between 2 users on the same iMac. Works well for me... I don't do it
> across the network, though I have on occassion opened the file on my
> laptop and it works ok.
>
> Ken Anderson wrote:
>
>> I had done this a while back (not sure what ver), and while
>> everything else worked, SlimServer could not find my playlists. I
>> had to put the real files into the standard location in the home
>> directory of the user running slimserver to get it to recognize the
>> iTunes playlists.
>> Of course, that may have changed since I had to do that (it was a
>> while ago).
>> On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan Greene wrote:
>>> I think if you use a symbolic link and keep everything on the 200GB
>>> drive you should be ok. Open the iTunes library file across your
>>> home network (save a symbolic link to it locally) and you should be
>>> seeing the same exact library that the G4 has on your G5.
>>>
>>> Paul M wrote:
>>>
>>>> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently
>>>> have my
>>>> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a
>>>> G4/500 that
>>>> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which
>>>> I plan to
>>>> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
>>>> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the
>>>> slimserver on
>>>> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have
>>>> to use
>>>> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a
>>>> way to
>>>> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
>>>> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
>>>> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my
>>>> existing
>>>> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
>>>> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>>>> Thanks again
>>>> Paul
>>>
>>>

Ken Anderson
2004-08-09, 14:04
Paul,

After thinking about this a bit - I have a question... Where will you
most often play the music in your library? If you store the library on
the Mac you use, and then share it to the slimserver, any use from the
slimserver will cause network traffic.

Also, how often do you change playlists, and is the mac that is serving
the music easily accessible, or is it headless?

If I were to do this, I'd store all the music on the slimserver server,
and use regular iTunes music sharing to play from my machine when I
felt like it. Then, if I wanted to modify a playlist, I'd just switch
to the slimserver machine to do that. Since iTunes music sharing shows
you the playlists, the only time you'd have to touch the slimserver
machine is to rip music and change playlists.

In the end, the best recommendation depends on your usage pattern...

Ken

On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:44 PM, Paul M wrote:

> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently have
> my
> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a G4/500
> that
> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which I
> plan to
> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the
> slimserver on
> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have to
> use
> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a way
> to
> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my
> existing
> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>
> Thanks again
>
> Paul
> --
>
>
>

Jonathan Greene
2004-08-09, 14:28
my library and the actual iTunes folder is on the external drive. both
users use a symbolic link and connect to the folder and library file.
This way regardless of who logs in we both get the same music and no one
has to re-import anything. Both can view and edit the library...

Ken Anderson wrote:
> How do you share the library? A symbolic link, or do you point iTunes
> to the same shared location for both users? Can both users modify the
> library?
>
>
> On Aug 9, 2004, at 4:53 PM, Jonathan Greene wrote:
>
>> I run Slim for all users on startup and share an iTunes library
>> between 2 users on the same iMac. Works well for me... I don't do it
>> across the network, though I have on occassion opened the file on my
>> laptop and it works ok.
>>
>> Ken Anderson wrote:
>>
>>> I had done this a while back (not sure what ver), and while
>>> everything else worked, SlimServer could not find my playlists. I
>>> had to put the real files into the standard location in the home
>>> directory of the user running slimserver to get it to recognize the
>>> iTunes playlists.
>>> Of course, that may have changed since I had to do that (it was a
>>> while ago).
>>> On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan Greene wrote:
>>>
>>>> I think if you use a symbolic link and keep everything on the 200GB
>>>> drive you should be ok. Open the iTunes library file across your
>>>> home network (save a symbolic link to it locally) and you should be
>>>> seeing the same exact library that the G4 has on your G5.
>>>>
>>>> Paul M wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> For the Mac heads among us - from a novice Mac head. I currently
>>>>> have my
>>>>> slimserver on my mac desktop which is on 24/7 (G5 1.6) I have a
>>>>> G4/500 that
>>>>> I have just resurrected and would like to use it as a server which
>>>>> I plan to
>>>>> keep somewhere hidden and out of site. I currently use itunes for my
>>>>> playlists and music library on my G5.I would like to put the
>>>>> slimserver on
>>>>> my G4 with a 200GB HD and just use that as my server. Would I have
>>>>> to use
>>>>> itunes on the G4 and do my playlists etc. from there or is there a
>>>>> way to
>>>>> set up my playlists from my G5 in my office and have the slimserver
>>>>> recognize it. I remember somewhere someone had mentioned an alias or
>>>>> something. Also if I transfer my library to the G4 can I keep my
>>>>> existing
>>>>> playlist or would I have to redo them? I'm sure someone already has
>>>>> something similarly setup OR I'm open to suggestions!!
>>>>> Thanks again
>>>>> Paul
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>