Use Rsync And Automator To Easily Sync Two iTunes Libraries

There are plenty of effective ways to sync your iTunes libraries, like using MediaRover or, my personal favourite, Dropbox, but your Mac already comes with the tools you need to solve the problem: rsync and Automator.

Note: This requires at least one Mac to work.

MacRumors has a great guide on this process. Essentially, you use the great command line tool rsync to synchronise two iTunes libraries. That's a manual process, however, but one that can be automated with Automater — another free tool on your Mac.

The process is fairly simple. First you need a working rsync command, which will look something like this:

rsync -av —force —delete —size-only SOURCE_ITUNES_LIBRARY DESTINATION_ITUNES_LIBRARY

Then you need to set up Automator to do the work for for you. You'll need it to connect to your other computer as a shared volume, run the script, then eject the shared volume. To get the full rundown, check out the guide over at MacRumors:Guides.

For more great Automator tips, check out Whitson's great Automation guide for Mac.

Keeping two iTunes libraries in sync [MacRumors:Guides - Thanks for the tip, Kentaro!]


Comments

    Is there a way to do that on a Windows PC?

      Deltacopy is a GUI rsync tool for windows. Its a bit clunky but does the job. http://www.aboutmyip.com/AboutMyXApp/DeltaCopy.jsp

      Or you could install cygwin and run rsync from there

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