a lock for itunes?

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by lorodz, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. lorodz

    lorodz Member

    Nov 19, 2007
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    I hate it when people not so familiar with itunes try to 'experiment' with itunes and affecting my library. But i dont want to be rude and not allow them to listen to my collection. Is there a way to 'lock' the itunes, where people can play songs from itunes but can't manipulate the files such as moving them or deleting?
  2. rafaelc378

    rafaelc378 Active Member

    Mar 19, 2008
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    As far as I know there isn't a way. But if they're being so intrusive as to deleting your music, I think you have a right to refuse them access. That's exactly what I'd do if someone were deleting my files or moving them around. I'd warn them once. If they did it again, I'd cut them off.
  3. bacchus_3

    bacchus_3 PhilMUG Addict Member

    Apr 29, 2007
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    allow them to listen but just forewarn them not to touch anything. they should be courteous enough to ask before doing something on your mac.

    or how about showing them front row instead, and with the remote (hope you have one) they can browse your music library in a cool interface :)
  4. arelcee

    arelcee Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
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    There is a way to share your iTunes library to other iTunes users on the network or on the machine. In your user account, open iTunes and go to preferences. There's an option there that allows you to share your iTunes library with other users. Just select that option. I think you can also select which playlists you wish to share.

    Then you can create another user account on your Mac which you can use for other users to use to play music on iTunes. From that account, open iTunes and go to Preferences. In the sharing options, look for the option to 'search for shared iTunes libraries' or someting to that effect. If you enable that option, you should be able to see the iTunes library that you shared from your user account.

    The only downside to this is that iTunes has to be running on your account before others can see your shared library. Also, this assumes that users on the computer/network are still using separate locations for the iTunes music folder.


    P.S. I'm at the office hence I'm not using my Mac at the moment. So I can't be sure of the exact names/descriptions of the options I mentioned above.
  5. johannes

    johannes PhilMUG Chairman
    Staff Member Chairman

    Dec 20, 2006
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    This is the reason why I'm generous with other things but selfish when it comes to my Mac. It's off-limits to friends, family, and even the girlfriend.

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