How to create multiple iTunes libraries on a Mac/Pc


Just because you share a computer at home doesn’t mean you want to share an iTunes library. Maybe you and your family members don’t have the same taste in music, TV, or movies. Maybe you want to keep all the kids’ stuff out of your carefully curated classics. Sure, you can create different logins for your Mac, but if all you want is separate iTunes libraries, it’s easy to do, and easy to switch between them any time you want. Here’s how to create multiple iTunes library on Mac/Pc!

How to create a new iTunes library on your Mac or PC

  • Quit iTunes completely if it’s running.
  • Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on iTunes.
  • Click the Create Library… button in the popup dialog.
  • Browse to where you want the library to be located and give it a name. By default all libraries are saved in the music folder. You can choose somewhere different if you’d like.
  • iTunes will open with a new, empty library that can you can fill with music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, apps and other content just for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad you want to sync it with.
  • Repeat these steps for each additional library you want to create.

How to switch between multiple iTunes libraries

To switch from one iTunes library to another:

  • Quit iTunes completely if it’s running.
  • Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on iTunes.
  • Click the Choose Library… button in the popup dialog.
  • A file browser will launch. Navigate to your library, highlight the main folder directory and click the Open button.

Multiple libraries are good for more than just multiple devices and family members. For example you might want a separate library for seasonal content like Christmas music that you only sync for a few weeks out of the year. Maybe you’re going on a special trip and want apps and media that you won’t sync again once you get back home. Anything that you want to keep clean and separate is a good candidate for its own iTunes library.

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