Not keen on using one iTunes library to manage several family member's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad content and curious how multiple iTunes libraries work? While it's not exactly obvious it is fairly easy to use multiple iTunes libraries on the same Windows or Mac PC. We'll show you how after the break!
When we posted one how to manage syncing multiple iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads with a single iTunes library, many of you commented that you preferred using multiple libraries. Fair enough!
If you don't already have multiple libraries here's how to create them:
To switch from one iTunes library to another:
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.
If you have any questions or any iTunes ninja tips of your own to share please let us know in the comments. If you're already using multiple libraries, let us know how it's working for you!
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