We think it’s incredibly inconvenient that the world’s most popular online music store, iTunes, files music in super-complex places on your computer in such a way that it’s really far too complicated to move libraries to other computers, so we’re hoping the newly-introduced SuperSync 3.0 iTunes music library synchronization software will help.
We all know computers and hard drives eventually fail, and most of us like to upgrade our computers now and then. When we do, it’s hard to transfer your music library while retaining all your playlists, play counts and other information.
iTunes files all the sounds within a music section on your drive, but transferring these songs also requires that you mess around with XML files, and more – and it’s not always a seamless process. Personally, I have lost music during such transfers, and I rate this particular side of Apple’s music library functionality a big fail. I want an easy solution.
SuperSync aims to make the process of managing iTunes libraries across multiple Macs, PCs, and iPods much easier. It lets you visually compare, merge, and access your media files and playlists from anywhere.
Fresh features within the software include a new playlist viewer and improved playlist synchronization. There’s also a scheduled library rescan option to keep iTunes libraries up to date, especially helpful if multiple users are accessing a common network disk-based music library.
Updated metadata tracking and merging means that when a track’s metadata (genre, album, artist, track info, rating, etc.) gets updated in one library, the updated track will be flagged so a user can update other copies of the track in other libraries.
Improved remote library features lets multiple users update a common music library, adding or deleting files, updating meta data, and sharing playlists. Password protected access works over a LAN or WAN Internet connection.
Improved iPod support lets users intelligently access their music, video, and playlists.
Improved Tivo server support, the capacity to manage SuperSync network libraries from iTunes 8, improved unicode text sorting, and improved duplicate track avoidance round out the release.
SuperSync starts by reading in your local iTunes library. A second, remote library can then be opened, with tracks color coded by whether they are local (gray), remote (blue), or synchronized (green). A remote library can be a disk or directory of music and videos, an iPod, or another networked SuperSync library.
Once two libraries are loaded, the user selects tracks they want to copy from one library to another. Tracks are added and saved in the correct location in the user’s iTunes library. Once copied to both locations, the tracks turn green marking them as synchronized. Similarly, playlists can be selected and copied from one library to another.
Tracks that have modified metadata can have their tags updated. Ratings and playcounts can also be updated, so if you mark a track as 5 stars in one library, you can also have it updated in any other library.
SuperSync makes it easy to create a main library, and have a subset on computers and laptops around the house. Any new content that you’ve added on one computer can be uploaded to the master library.
This update is free to all registered users. A limited demo version is available to try most of the features for a limited number of file transfers. The full registered version costs from $29.