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Use mac book to sync iphone to mac mini

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I have my itunes library on a drobo and itunes runs on the mac mini sitting next to it.  itunes streams music to my sonos and video to my apple tv's.  It's a nice setup, but I want to be able to set and forget about the mini and drobo in the basement.

While out and about I sometimes download a song or two on my iphone and it would be nice to come home, plug the phone into my mac book pro, and have everything sync.  

That is, I would like to use my mac book pro to take care of updating and sync-ing my devices with the mac mini in the basement.  

Would sharing my library work for that?

To recap, I would like to not physically touch that mac mini in the basement and still, with the help of my laptop, get the business of syncing the iphone and ipad and ipods to it.  
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1. Home Sharing in iTunes 9 is a possible solution to keep two Macs iTunes Libraries in Sync but there are limitations as it is designed to share purchased music between libraries and does not sync movies, podcasts or play data (i.e. how many times a tune has been played)
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3819

2. If Home Sharing is not enough you might need some kind of backup solution to copy data between the two libraries .. if your username on the MBP and MacMini are the same then you can perform a full synchronisation with a tool like rsync.  
http://guides.macrumors.com/Keeping_2_iTunes_Libraries_in_Sync

Alternatively you can try some custom tools which claim to do the same thing
Syncopation - http://www.sonzea.com/syncopation/
TuneRanger - http://www.acertant.com/web/tuneranger/

3. The following article discusses lots of people discussing your issue/problem and the software solutions
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=486831

4. There are a few other interesting options such as an Internet based cloud sync solution like echodio -
http://www.echodio.com/
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