Merging two MP 10 Libraries

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by kmo5, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. kmo5

    kmo5 Guest

    Our main music library is on my desktop, but my husband added new stuff to
    the library on his laptop and now wants to sync it with our main library on
    my PC. The computers are on the same network....is there an easy way to do
    this?
     
    kmo5, Aug 20, 2006
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  2. You should be able to store all the tracks in the network, assuming
    it's a shared folder that each PC can access. Try WMP menu Tools ->
    Options -> Library -> Monitor Folders, and add a folder to "watch" as
    the network folder.

    You can just copy and paste the files in windows explorer, from the
    laptop to the shared folder.

    If the laptop sometimes is and sometimes isn't on the network (eg at
    work or at home), better leave the files *on* the laptop, but turn off
    monitor folders for it's own disk or you'll probably see duplicated
    tracks (one on the laptop, and the same one on the desktop)

    Synctoy can be used to manage duplicates between folders :
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/prophoto/synctoy.mspx

    You could also "rip" files from CD to that folder - same menu, but
    check the "Rip Music" tab instead, and click the Change... button to
    choose the network folder as the place to rip music files to.


    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Aug 20, 2006
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  3. Do make sure that you have backups of all the music and album art first.

    Also if you both have write access to these folders and different
    metadata update settings then you can have conflicts over the naming and
    placement of files. (This is not something that Microsoft intends to fix
    as I'm told it's an entirely artificial scenario...)
     
    Mike Williams, Aug 20, 2006
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