iTunes Library Manager
I have received a handful of disparate reports regarding issues running iTunes Library Manager with iTunes 10.5.1. In short, iTLM will not display backed-up libraries correctly and in one scenario crashes when attempting to Save or Load.
I am currently investigating these issues, no doubt precipitated by changes in iTunes 10.5.1 file management. Under the circumstance, I cannot recommend using iTunes Library Manager if you also intend on using iTunes Match.
An update to iTunes Library Manager that is compatible with iTunes 9 will be released on Wednesday. Many thanks to beta-testers Karl, Brian, Andrew, and David for the help on short notice–and for putting their music libraries on the line.
iTunes Library Manager will not work with iTunes 9. I am working on a fix and hope to have an update to release next week.
iTunes Library Manager v5.2.1 is now posted. It fixes a problem some Tiger users were experiencing during the Rename routine.
On a technical note, I should point out that Tiger users will be unable to take advantage of the much faster load and save routines that Leopard users will experience. Under Leopard, rsync is used to back up files. However, the Tiger version of rsync can’t be trusted to copy the resource forks of files correctly, so ditto is used instead.
iTunes Library Manager v5.2 is now available.
iiTunes Library Manager makes back up copies of the current iTunes Music Library database file and iTunes Preferences, allowing you to maintain two or more libraries each with its own preferences settings.
For example, you can have one “Main Library” which contains all your songs and playlists, and another which just contains your “Holiday Music” songs and playlists.
Additionally, because each library is saved and loaded with its associated preferences, you can create many different configurations for different uses. For instance, you can assign each library its own designated Music Folder, and keep a directory of audio files on your computer and another distinct directory of audio files on another volume, network drive or external drive; different libraries can have different Sharing, Burning or Importing settings, too. The flexibility is awesome.
Updated in v5.2:
- Compatible with iTunes 8
- Recognizes–but does not manage–iTunes’ multiple-libraries; however, such libraries can be the basis for additional iTLM libraries
- Some GUI enhancements
- Speed and performance fixes
This is a free update for registered users.
iTunes Library Manager has been updated to version 5.1. This is really just a maintenance release to make the GUI compatible with Mac OS X 10.5. However, I did add a “Check For Updates” menu option so that it no longer automatically checks for updates at startup. More to come in the next update, perhaps a month or so from now.