Managing Multiple iTunes Libraries…

Do you share an iTunes library with a family member and wish you could keep your Dean Martin collection from bumping and grinding with your daughter’s Alanis Morissette’s songs?

You can create and maintain multiple iTunes libraries from within the same computer user account. This allows you to keep your music separate from your family member’s.

Creating a New Library:

1. Press and hold the Option key when launching iTunes. A dialogue box will appear asking you to create a new library or choose an existing one.

2. Select “Create Library…”

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3.Enter the name of your new library in the “Save As:” dialogue box.

Name the new library

4. Select “Save”.


Changing to the New iTunes Library:

1. Hold down the Option key when launching iTunes. (If iTunes is already running, you’ll need to quit the application first.)

2. Select “Choose Library…”

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3. Select the appropriate folder and press “Open”.

Select Library

On a Mac, the default location of the iTunes library is (your home folder) > Music > iTunes. Using this example, the new library called “Annie’s Library would be found at:

3bob > Music > Annie’s Music

After you select “Open”,iTunes will open to the new library which is separate from your original library. The next step is to serve a vacate notice to my daughter’s Alanis Morissette collection and move it to the new library.


Note: Upon launch, iTunes will open to the last used iTunes library. Don’t forget to launch iTunes while holding down the Option key to change libraries.


In my next posting, I’ll cover how to move music to the new iTunes library.

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