Multi-user Environments

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MediaMonkey can be configured for use in multi-user networked environments. There are two possible approaches to this:

  1. Multiple Clients each using an independent Library database
  2. Multiple clients sharing a common Library database

MediaMonkey presently supports the first option, although numerous users have had success with the second option--see the FAQ for details.

Multiple Clients / Independent Library Databases

For each client, simply install MediaMonkey and:

  1. Add Folders that are shared by other networked machines
  2. Set the File Monitor to monitor the shared folders for changes so that any changes made by other users to Tracks and their associated Tags will be detected, and the database updated appropriately.

The key issue to remember is that changes are detected based on the actual files and their tags, which means that edits to Track Properties by other users are detected only if they are saved to the Track's Tags. Thus in this scenario it is advisable not to take advantage of fields that are not saved to Tags, unless you don't mind the fact that the data will be lost. For some data (e.g. volume leveling coefficients) this is a non-issue, however, for other fields it may be of concern.

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