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I'm running a file server with Windows 7 on it. It does SMB (somewhat unreliably) and media sharing with Homegroup. It serves a music collection using both these methods, but I'm not sure how to go about adding my music library to my girlfriend's iTunes/Mac (OS X Leopard).

I would like to avoid SMB (Windows file shares).

Any ideas?

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The easiest way would be to install iTunes on your win7 and import your music into that.

iTunes can then share it (using bonjour I believe) to other iTunes on the local network, it happened without any configuration when I tried it.

A downside is that iTunes needs to be running on your win7 all the time.

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Having been a bit annoyed with iTunes a few years back, I have to ask: does it still try to rearrange my files and add metadata? I would try this only if it will leave my library unchanged. Also, does it have the option to run in the tray? That would help a lot. –  oKtosiTe Dec 2 '10 at 12:16
    
I can answer those questions myself, since I installed it just to give it a go. It does leave files and metadata alone if you configure it to, and it does have the option to minimize to the tray (albeit with a badly rescaled icon). It fits the bill, although other answers are still welcome. –  oKtosiTe Dec 2 '10 at 15:09
    
iTune is better behaved nowadays (A few years ago it was horrible on windows) still room for improvement of course but it gets a little bit better after each update. –  Nifle Dec 2 '10 at 15:27

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