That’s not exactly my application. I would be using the same files but just on two different computers. My desktop will analyze files faster than my laptop. My goal is to analyze the files on my desktop and then use them on my laptop. But, the only issue is with iTunes where as two different XML files would be in play and therefore I need to find a way to update the metadata on the same files from both machines. I believe there’s a file option I could toggle. That might work if the metadata can still be seen in iTunes later on.
hendrik on 06 Jul, 2019 09:20 AM
You see, Hendrik, this is the reason that I want to keep ALL of my metadata in the actual .mp3 file.
Patch is making a good point here.
Here's what I would do:
Start beaTunes on the faster computer
Make sure "embed non-iTunes field" in the general preferences is turned on (before making any other changes)
Run the analysis
Because embedding is turned on, all info is not only communicated to iTunes on your fast machine, but also stored in your audio files.
After analysis, start beaTunes on the slow computer pointing it to an iTunes library that uses the same files as the fast computer
(if you have done this before, choose Tools -> Rebuild Library to make sure all information from your fast analysis is read)
Make sure embedding is also turned on, on your slow computer
Start using beaTunes on your slow computer
Note that this has a couple of drawbacks. iTunes on your slow computer won't notice all the changes immediately. You'll have to tell it to read them (see link I posted earlier).
beaTunes also won't notice changes it hasn't done itself or that were made in the local iTunes. You might have to tell it to re-read stuff. This is possible via rebuilding (not repairing) the database or for selected tracks via File -> Refresh Metadata.