The Best Mac Multimedia Applications

How to sync and share multiple iPods content on one Mac

Posted on: September 24, 2009

When you have just one iPod and one Mac, it’s easy to manage your library and sync your music, videos, audio books and data. But do you want to use more than one iPod with the same Mac or even share music and videos between different iTunes accounts on a single Mac? It gets a bit confusing.
Here provides several pretty simple ways for you to connect multiple iPods to one Mac and share the iTunes library.

Generally, each user has his or her own OS X user account, and iTunes is designed to store music in a user’s Music folder. OS X user accounts employ permissions to prevent one user from rooting around in someone else’s folders.

Method One

How to sync multiple iPods on one Mac?
Create a separate iTunes library for each iPod. Note: It is important that you make a new iTunes Library file. Do not just make a copy of your existing iTunes Library file.
Learn more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1495

How to share music between different accounts on a single computer?
If you want to share music with other users on your computer, you need to move your iTunes music folder to a publicly accessible location.
Learn more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1203

Method Two

Free download TransPod. (It works for iPhone in the same way)

transpod 

  • No need to create any other iTunes library, TransPod could automatically detect any iPod when you connect it with Mac.
  • You could manage iPod music, video and photos on TransPod interface directly.
  • With TransPod it will be no problem for you and your friends share each other iPod content freely, it lets you copy iPod videos and music to iTunes to enrich your iTunes library.
  • You can also transfer your local music and videos to iPod via TransPod easily.

Tips:

iPod compatible file formats:
Video: mp4, m4v, mov, etc.
Audio: mp3, m4a, m4b, m4p, etc.
Image: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, etc.

Only iPod compatible formats can be played successfully on iPod, if you need to put DVD movie and other kind of video like WMV, AVI, MKV, AVCHD, etc to iPod, convert them first, using DVD to iPod converter and Video to iPod Converter for Mac.

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