Very basic, embarrassing even, ipod question

You know how when you sync an ipod it recognises an itunes library and that library only? What if a friend wants to sync with my library, and access my music, and then when she's got her computer fixed go on to add to the library she sets up on her machine?

Is this possible? I know music sharing is possibly illegal, but is it technically possible to share an itunes library and have your own one on a different machine. One ipod, two computers, essentially.

Also, are there any issues with me being able to sync my ipod for future use with my library if another ipod has accessed it?
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CobraCatsCommented:
My understanding is that you can only access one library per ipod, so you can't share songs through the ipod, you need to copy the files to the other library another way.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
CobraCats is NOT correct.

One PC and 1 copy of iTunes can have several iPods which use it.  However and iPod can only be associated with one copy of iTunes.

If your FRIEND plugs in her iPod .. it will ask if you want to associate HER iPod with YOUR iTunes.  
If you say YES it will erase ALL music on her iPod and copy your music on.  Depending on the size of your library and capacity of her ipod .. you may be able to copy all your music .. if not iTunes will create a playlist for her ipod .. which will allow her to manage what music gets copied (I'd strongly recommend this playlist option in any case).  Change the settings for the ipod under the Music tab, Sync Music .. check the Selected playlists box.  Now you can create playlists of music for her ipod.
If she says NO then it will connect the ipod and allow you to play the music on her ipod in your iTunes .. but you cannot copy your music onto her ipod.

When her PC is repaired and she installs iTunes .. and goes to connect her iPod .. it will now ask the same question .. does she wish to associate the iPod with this new copy of iTunes .. if she says YES .. it will WIPE her iPod and she'll lose all the music you gave her.

However ... there are lots of software programs .. such as Yamipod which allow someone to copy music from the iPod back into iTunes .. once this is done .. THEN iTunes can wipe the ipod and associate it .. and in the process copy the music back on.
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hippocampusAuthor Commented:
Thanks cobracats and eoinosullivan:

We've just been pondering your answers and have another thought:

What if at a future date either of us have a new computer and put itunes on it? Is it a 'start from scratch' situation or can you sync your ipod and all it's existing tunes from the old library  to the new computer?

This is well complicated :- P
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fredshovelCommented:
All sounds a bit complicated to me.
Get a copy of Ephod, which allows alot of the iPod models to download their contents onto your PC -- which iTunes doesn't allow. You can also use it to sync and update.
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fredshovelCommented:
...and the link: http://www.ephpod.com/
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
In this SCENARIO: What if at a future date either of us have a new computer and put itunes on it? Is it a 'start from scratch' situation or can you sync your ipod and all it's existing tunes from the old library  to the new computer?

Apple expect that you would back-up your music from the old PC to an external drive and COPY it onto your new PC and load into iTunes.  The iPod is not really intended (by Apple) to be the way you copy music between and old iTunes and a new PC with iTunes.
There is NO facility in iTunes to copy music from your iPod into iTunes .. this is INTENTIONAL by Apple as it would make music sharing between iPod users too easy and nobody would buy music from the iTunes Music Store

Apple DO allow you to move your music from 1 PC to another and any music you BOUGHT from iTunes store can be authorised on your new PC.  However you will usually have to wipe and reinstall your music on your iPod.  This is annoying but esential for the iPod to e sync'd wiht he new PC and iTunes.

As I mentioned above.. you can use other 3rd party software (such as YamiPod and Ephpod) to copy music from your iPod yo the new iTunes (in effect using it like an external USB drive)
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hippocampusAuthor Commented:
Thanks Eoin and Fred and Cobracats, time to get an external hard drive methinks. I am posting a new question regarding my friend and her computer. Thanks for your time everyone.
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