Many households have just one computer for the whole family. If everyone's using the same copy of iTunes, you soon get the Wiggles bumping up against Wu-Tang Clan when you have iTunes shuffling all the tracks, or when you're autosyncing multiple iPods. Wouldn't it be great if everyone had a personal iTunes library to have and to hold, to sync and to shuffle, all those different musical tastes—separately? Absolutely.
To use multiple iTunes libraries, just follow these steps:
❶ Quit iTunes.
❷ Hold down the Shift [Option] key on your PC or Mac keyboard and launch iTunes. In the box that pops up, click Create Library. Give it a name, like "Tiffany's Music" or "Songs My Wife Hates."
❸ iTunes opens up, but with a blank library with nothing in it. If you have a bunch of music in your main library that you want to move over to this one, choose File→“Add to Library.”
❹ Navigate to the music you want and add it. If the songs are in your original library, they're probably in My Documents→My Music→iTunes→iTunes Music [Home→Music→iTunes→iTunes Music] in folders sorted by Artist name. Choose the files you want to add.
To switch between libraries, just hold down the Shift [Option] key when you're starting iTunes, and you'll get a box that lets you pick the one you want. (The program opens the last library used if you don't choose one.) Tracks from CDs you rip go into whatever ...