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Hey everyone.  My buddy has an iPod that contains 200+ songs.  He has it configured to manually sync on his computer with iTunes.  His wife would like to start using her Christmas gift (iPod) and wants to copy a couple of songs from her husband's iPod to hers.  I've tried using the Apple home share along with connecting both and trying it that way.  I'm done trying it on my own and figured I would ask for help.  I appreciate your time and energy with this.  
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Both of those methods will work (adding the new iPod to the existing iTunes or activating Home Sharing) but you need to do one or the other.  

You also don't say why what you tried failed.
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Thanks for the reply.  I had both iPods connected and turned home sharing on.  After doing that, I tried copying a song from one iPod to the other.  I'm not sure that I did the home sharing correctly and welcome suggestions on how to do so correctly.  Thanks
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When I selected a song from one iPod, I got a red X when I hovered the song over the other ipod.  
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With home sharing, you are not copying from device to device but from library to library.  So with both copies of iTunes running and home sharing active, try copying the music from library A to library B and then synching the target iPod the normal way.
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Both copies of iTunes running?  I had both iPods plugged into the same Pc; their computer (their only Pc).  Ideas?
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Okay, that means you don't need to use home sharing if you are synching both iPods on the same copy of iTunes.  Or do they each have a user profile with its own instance of iTunes?
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Thanks for hanging in there Jason.  They each have their own, unique login (Dave, Julie) for their computer (running Windows 7).  
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Heh, OK. That's the most PITA way of doing it:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1203

You need to move their libraries to a shared folder on the machine and merge them...
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I figured with these two that it would be the most PITA way as nothing seems to be easy when it comes to configuring anything technically for them.  One of those "death of a thousand paper cuts" kind of people.....

Anyways, I will give that a shot.  Let me just ask this before doing a merge.  If she only wanted "some" of the songs from his library, would I do the merge and then make her go through and delete the ones she doesn't want?  At this point, is that the easiest method?

Thanks Jason.
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No, you would create a His and Hers set of playlists and synch the playlists to the devices.  The overall library would merge and you will end up with some duplicates.

This method is akin to what happened when they first moved in together and each of them had their own CD collections. One new CD Rack holding all discs with some duplication...
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Exactly what was needed!  Thanks Jason.
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