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“In my opinion, and after thorough testing, [You Synchronize] is the only synchronization application that successfully will synchronize two folders or disks without the frustrating side-effects common with ordinary synchronization programs.”
“All of the modules [in You Control] are feature-rich and work extremely well. The hot key capability is very useful as it enables you to keep the menu bar completely uncluttered.”
“You Control: Fonts is just as time-saving as the other modules. It is an efficient and fast font viewer and the direct access to Suitcase's activation functionality makes it a must-have utility for those of use who want to work their fastest.”
Keep your tunes in Sync
If you have two Macs and are trying to synchronize your iTunes library on each Mac, you may find it troublesome at times. Manually making sure that you are keeping the file and folder structure the same can be a pain. And don't forget the XML file that has your library and playlist information in it. However, with You Synchronize, you can keep your iTunes library in perfect sync on two different Macs. Here's how you do it.
In You Synchronize, create a new synchronization project. Next assign Local and Remote folders. You'll want to set your primary computer's iTunes library to be the Local folder and your secondary computer's iTunes library to be the Remote folder.
Next you'll choose the synchronization method. Because we're syncing music files that are not prone to have changes made to them, be sure to choose the Modification Date method. This is the fastest of the comparison methods in You Synchronize and will work nicely for these types of projects.
You have a couple of choices for the type of synchronization for your iTunes libraries. You can choose a Local replaces Remote style if you make all of your changes to the Primary computer. If you use this method and make a change on your secondary computer, the changes will be lost. If you use the Two-way synchronization style, You Synchronize will compare the files in both locations and give you a choice of what to do if files that should be synchronized are different. Specifically, in this example, the XML files that make up the iTunes library contents will be different if you make changes to your iTunes library on a regular basis. The Two-way method is recommended as it will pick up all changes made in either location.
Next, before you do an actual synchronization, click the Inspect button in the Settings tab of You Synchronize for this project. This will examine all files to be synchronized and tell you what the status of the synchronization is. For example, if you only make changes to your playlists, the "iTunes 4 Music Library" files will be different on both machines. After an inspection, you'll have the ability to tell You Synchronize specifically what to do. For example, you can tell it that the file in the Remote location should replace the same file in the Local location or vice versa.
So how long will all of this take? We ran this proceedure on a modest iTunes library consisting of 2247 songs that took up 10.37 GB of hard disk space. The very first, initial synchronization to LaCie Extreme drive (connected via FireWire 800) that had a backup of Mac OS X on it took 32 minutes. The second synchronization that only synchronized the iTunes Music Library files took 2 seconds.
All in all, a pretty nice solution to problem that is becoming more and more pervasive as people start to have a desktop and a laptop computer or just want to have a complete backup of their music library in the event of a hardware failure. Thirtytwo minutes to get a complete backup of your iTunes library is substatially faster than importing your music all over again!
Find out additional benefits that You Synchronize offers and download a demo today. Act now and get You Synchronize for only $39.95.
Customizing the iTunes module
If you use the iTunes module in You Control or You Control: Tunes, you may be happy to find out that you can customize the controls that appear in the menubar with your own artwork. Read this post in the You Software blog to find out more.
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