iTunes Library Manager
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Manage multiple copies of iTunes music library.   Shareware ($10.00)
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iTunes Library Manager makes backup copies of your iTunes Music Library database file and iTunes Preferences, allowing you to easily save multiple iTunes Library and Preferences configurations that can be retrieved and loaded at any time.

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What's New
Version 6.0:
  • Compatible with iTunes 10.4
  • Compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Does not run on PowerPC machines (use version 5.4 instead)
  • Some GUI changes
Requirements
  • Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Apple iTunes 10 or later



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iTunes Library Man... User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 6.x:
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Mac Os X 4ever reviewed on 16 Jun 2012
Useless. Every time I run it, it just gives a crash report and quits.
Maybe that's a good thing after reading how many people lost their entire library.

MacBook Pro 17, 8GB, Lion and all latest updates.
[Version 5.3]


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Mikael B commented on 20 Sep 2011
Version 5.4 for Tiger and Leopard is available at the Developers Site link, as is version 6 for Snow Leopard and Lion.
[Version 5.3]


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Kohoutek commented on 29 Sep 2010
This app wiped my entire iTunes library clean, so what I got was a fresh iTunes with nothing loaded. WHY? Until I hear a solution for this, I'm going to go with SQUIDINC's recommendations.

I use an Intel Mac Mini with 10.5.8.
[Version 5.3]

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Kimberlym212 commented on 09 Oct 2010
WOW - I just had the same thing happen and now my iTunes is empty. I don't want to sound like an idiot - but how in the hell did you get your music back? Also, the instructions need to be dumbed down a bit for us less savvy people. I honestly cannot figure out how to add music to a library....the instructions say "add music as you would" but this is no help to me. Any info on how to at least restore my library would be helpful. Thanks.
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Mikael B replied on 20 Sep 2011
You never stated what version of iTunes you used. If it was iTunes 10, then it should be noted, if you look at the version list at http://dougscripts.com/itunes/itinfo/ituneslibrarymanager.php you'll see that version 5.3 was compatible with iTunes 9 and that compatibility with iTunes 10 isn't explicitly mentioned before version 5.4 and 6 was released the 3rd of august 2011 with iTunes 10.4 compatibility. There's a suspect gap between iTunes 10.0 and 10.4. I'm not sure what that means though.

Of course even if these versions were the ones used by Kohoutek and Kimberlym212 they may still not have been related to the problems described Did you ever write to the developer, guys?.

At any rate, it's wise to backup your iTunes music files and your library files at a regular basis.
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JimW commented on 18 Oct 2008
I just do not see the need to purchase such a utility. In iTunes Prefs under advanced you can switch libraries with a couple of mouse clicks. With the recording ability of Applescript or Automator it is easy enough to create a script to automate the renaming of a preference file without any serious programming experience.
[Version 5.2.1]

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Doug'S Applescripts (developer) replied on 18 Oct 2008
I normally prefer not to respond to comments, since I usually don't see them. But since the comment was posted on the day iTLM was updated I happened to notice it.

I'm afraid the poster somewhat misrepresents what the software does. iTunes Library Manager does not change the location of the iTunes Music folder or copy/move it. It creates backups of the essential database files and preferences file so that, unlike iTunes' own multiple library feature, completely distinct libraries with different Preference settings can be maintained. Unlike a simple AppleScript or Automator workflow, iTunes Library Manager's has a GUI that allows users to easily change libraries on the fly while iTunes is running.

Additionally, while it's true that iTunes' multiple library feature is perfectly adequate for most users, iTunes Library Manager has had a substantial paid user base during its six years of development. When iTunes changes its database scheme, as it recently did for iTunes 8, the software must be updated in order for these legacy users to continue using it.

Finally, it isn't necessary to buy the software in order to use it. It will allow two libraries to be created and used as often as one likes.
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JimW replied on 18 Oct 2008
Thank you for the informative specifications update
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squidinc tipped on 02 Oct 2008
iTunes already supports creating multiple libraries.

Just hold the option key while iTunes loads, and it'll ask you if you want to create a new library or choose one that you've already created.

Note: Unlike "iTunes Library Manager," this method doesn't store alternate copies of the iTunes preferences file. For that, the program "rooSwitch" or "rooSwitch Lite" (free) can do that.
[Version 5.2]


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jkraus commented on 10 Dec 2006
I have used iTunes library manager for years...a good app. The latest version is much flashier, however sluggish on my iMac G5 rev B. It takes between 3 and 7 minutes to save a libray and load another one. Version 4 was very much faster.
[Version 5.0.2]


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kgpat commented on 14 Oct 2006
I Gave a glowing review earlier to the developer for his response to my problems.
With this new version I have emailed him 5 times with a problem and never received a response. I must now warn people to avoid this software because the developer dosen't seem to care about the problems users have. By the way, you must pay (again) for the new version.
[Version 5.0.1]

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Doug'S Applescripts (developer) replied on 16 Oct 2006
I am normally quite diligent with email responsiveness. Regrettably, and for whatever reason, I did not receive four of the five emails this reviewer sent. The fixes in the most recent update (5.0.2) are the result of expedient replies to several users who emailed me their problems. Without their patient help with trouble-shooting and beta-testing, I never would have been able to replicate and eventually fix the errors they cited.
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kgpat replied on 16 Oct 2006
If my emails were lost in the black hole of the internet then I no doubt owe the deverloper an apology. He did email me back yesterday and a fix was posted today.

After using the update I no longer have the errors I was reporting. Everything was fixed asap.

Continued fine job and I retract my previous comments.
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kgpat reviewed on 18 Apr 2006
The developer of this app is great. I was one with a "Bad file name" error. When I let him know about it he went about working with me to fix it right away. His emails to me were quick and his response has been great. This is the perfect reason to support shareware.
[Version 4.3.1]


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Dougeddy commented on 01 Jul 2005
I have used Library Manager for several years now. I have found it to be very stable and have encountered no problems.

I did pay the upgrade fee but felt it justified because the program is well supported, does what it claims it will do, and has been a real life saver for me - my PB hard drive could not possibly fit all my iTunes cuts! But I do keep a good number on my powerbook - duplicates from my master collection - so I always can play iTunes.

The transfer files to another iTunes folder does not work smoothly, but that is my only hesitation. Everything else works great, especially the save feature.

I am very glad to have a good program that enables me to do this.
[Version 4.2.1]

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axxll replied on 28 Jan 2006
I have Large number of tracks and my Powerbook HD is running out of space. Is there a layman's step-by step on how to create several libraries on external Hard drive ? I really need to sort this out. I want to create library each is about 10GB.

cheers .

Simon
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 May 2005
Doesn't appear to work with latest iTunes, v4.8.
[Version 4.1]


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Adison_wu-Rama rated on 13 Jun 2011

[Version 5.3]


Downloads:52,626
Version Downloads:2,944
Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Shareware
Date:03 Aug 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $10.00
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iTunes Library Manager makes backup copies of your iTunes Music Library database file and iTunes Preferences, allowing you to easily save multiple iTunes Library and Preferences configurations that can be retrieved and loaded at any time.

(I appreciate all feedback, but I cannot effectively respond to comments made here in the reviews section of MacUpdate. Please email comments directly to me. Thanks!)


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