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  1. Intro Please excuse my n00b questions as I am a recent switcher and I’m trying to maximize my experience on the new platform. However the following problem isn’t necessarily specific to Mac. I recently got married and my wife and I have enormous music libraries and we need to centralize our music into one place. Current Setup This is our setup at home: 2 WinXP Desktops 1 WinXP Laptop 1 Mac OS X PowerBook (first new Mac, w00t!) 1 WinXP Fileserver And 2 iPods to boot. We keep all our music on the fileserver, and map the network drive to our client machines and add our songs into iTunes through the mapped drive. Our server is in the closet and has no monitor. Main Problem However, our main problem is that whenever either one of us add new music, it doesn’t update the library on all the other machines. There’s no folder “watch” feature in iTunes. We have to go in and carefully add the new music to our libraries each time which is highly annoying. Possible Solutions? I would setup iTunes/iTunes server on the fileserver and just share the server’s library, but that prevents us from adding songs to our iPods and burning CDs. Is there some sort of server/client software I can run to help manage our music better? Hack for iTunes library sharing? iTunes Plug-in for directory “watching?” There has to be a better way. Any help?
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    I love the Mac, but I hate the Finder

    Ah, I'll try that shortcut key. Thanks! I've been using Quicksilver and it is pretty slick indeed. Haven't tried out LaunchBar yet, any place I can see a good review for it?
  3. I've been a Windows user for the past 15 years, but I recently purchased my first brand new PowerBook (right before the last update tho. *shakes first*) And I have to admit, Mac OS X is so beautiful. I love how it makes "Life" tasks so easy. iCal, iSync, iPhoto, Application installation. It's great. I'm a web developer so I've always maintained that Windows is better for web development. However I was finally drawn to the Mac OS platform by many development videos I've been seeing accomplished on Mac OS. Especially Ruby on Rails videos. But as much as I love my new Mac, I find the Finder extremely frustrating. It takes so long to navigate to a file as opposed to windows, where I'm able to instantly type in a filepath and get to where I want to be. With Mac, I either have to wait for spotlight (I know it doesn't take too long), or open Finder and painfully navigate slowly to where I want to be. And copying files is very painful too, I'm used to the explorer tree on the left pane, but the Finder doesn't really have that, and dragging files up so the pane scrolls to right place is extremely frustrating. So again, while I love my Mac, I'm 1000% more efficient on my Windows box. I know much of this is attributed to time, I mean you can't compare 15 years to 3 months, but I need help being more productive on my Mac so I can feel comfortable doing all my development on it. Any tips or tricks that can help me out? Thanks, Joe
  4. I really really need some help. PROBLEM: Keeping my iTunes podcast subscriptions in sync across multiple computers. Home: 1 PC, 1 Mac Powerbook Work: 1 PC Currently my PowerBook handles all my iTunes podcasts, but if I ever want to plug-in my iPod to either of my PCs, I have to use "Manual Updating" otherwise, the Auto-Updating will wipe out all my podcasts, and reset all my playcounts for the podcasts. I have smart playlists setup so I can easily identify which podcasts I've already listened to in one list. How do I go about setting this up so I can plug my iPod into any of my machines, but always keep the podcasts subscriptions in sync? This would be akin to PDA syncing on multiple computers. That process is usually intelligent enough to know when/where the latest update occured, and would dispense the new update accordingly. Would I have to abandon iTunes, and perhaps use Juice? I'm really not sure. Please help. - Joe
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