March 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

You would have thought Apple would give you some way of sharing your iTunes library easily between Mac and Windows… or was that me being a bit optimistic there.

Anyway, quick search on the internet to see if people had ways of sharing iTunes libraries between operating systems. Answer wasn’t really much.

However, I’ve stumbled upon this nice little tool called Link Shell Extension (free) which has allowed me to symbolically link the iTunes folder on my Mac partition, onto my Windows partition.

Easy enough to do. Once you’ve installed LSE, right click the iTunes folder on your mac partition, and select ‘Pick Link Source’. Then in the Music folder on Windows, right click, select ‘Drop as’, then ‘Hardlink’. A voila.

Pretty much working near flawlessly so far for me, as you can see, my full library along with playlists. Seems to have synced my apple ID as well, but wouldn’t count on it working properly.

Only issue I’ve come across is iTunes can’t write to the database. Not sure why, since I’ve got Paragon HFS installed so I can write to the disk. Like I said, minor issue. I want to listen to my music on Windows, not really add stuff.

So, there you go. I’m now listening to my iTunes library on windows on my macbook on a megabus going to Leeds. It’s now a shame I didn’t charge my mac up fully last night, but I can live with that.

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