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What file types do I need to NOT allow iTunes to open so that I can search the net while another user listens to iTunes?

Asked by SirBailey (3125points) June 5th, 2009

Right now, if the other user has iTunes open, and I go to MY account and surf the web, I get messages re: can’t open iTunes because another user has it opened. I only want that to happen if I run iTunes. Using Vista (64).

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DarkScribe's avatar

I am not sure I am understanding your problem. Normally, if I run iTunes on my server, any other user can access the iTunes music file on the server using their own local version of iTunes. They just open and and access the server’s music file. You need to go into both the server’s version of iTunes and the local version and turn on sharing and “Look for shared libraries” respectively. Once running that way, nothing does on the local computers will affect the server, unless you run out of bandwidth, not something that has happened since the days of the early (slow) WiFi cards.

SirBailey's avatar

I’m talking about two accounts on the SAME desktop. No server.

DarkScribe's avatar

@SirBailey Ok, then you need to share the iTunes install not set it up for each account. This should have been done at the initial setup stage, you would probably have to uninstall/reinstall at this stage. Not a problem that I have faced, but it shouldn’t be that hard to resolve. At the moment I have several systems sharing installs of CS3/4 with no difficulty – I have never shared iTunes.

SirBailey's avatar

Do you know for a fact that it’s possible to do that?

DarkScribe's avatar

No, not for a fact, not on a PC. On a Mac yes. I imagine it should be ok, as things like browsers, MS Office and as I said, Adobe CS3/4 all share ok.

DarkScribe's avatar

Do you understand how group policies work? Although you are not in a network, you will need to make some group policy changes to share between user accounts.

DarkScribe's avatar

@SirBailey The only detailed instructions I can find for sharing iTune across multiple users requires quite a few changes in group policies. How many user are on the system?

SirBailey's avatar

But isn’t it easier if I just change the settings on MY account so that iTunes is NOT the default for certain file types? If I knew the file types, it would be over.

DarkScribe's avatar

The only thing that I have here is for Sys admins installing ITunes for multiple users on a network (they are still shared on the same machine). I just had a quick Google, there are a few possibilities. Try This

DarkScribe's avatar

I expect that what you are referring to is the applications setting in your browser expecting to access iTunes if it needs audio or video. That is pretty easy to change, just go into Tools/Options/Applications and look for anything that calls iTunes. (or more likely Quicktime that is installed with iTunes.) Change it back to Windows Media Player or whatever your preference is.

I’d go for the Apple mod for itunes though, simpler all round that way.

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