dh has his library on my laptop for his ipod.i just got a 2nd hand shuffle,can i make myself a new library without it messing up dh's?i tried to download itunes again but it started wiping his crap music.
You could just set the Shuffle up to either sync only certain playlists that you set up on iTunes (e.g. your music) or set it to manual sync and then just pick and choose yourself what music you want to put on it.
You can have iTunes set up and use a different music library, instructions for this are here support.apple.com/kb/HT1589, but it might be an overly complex solution to a pretty simple problem.
The easiest thing to do is to see if you can manage with playlists. Don't mess around creating another library or an account unless this doesn't do what you want it to. Creating a new account/log in would be the last thing I would do if your machine is all happily set up to be shared between the pair of you and this is the only "problem" you're having.
Set yourself up a playlist in iTunes. Click the little plus button down at the bottom left and call it "Cheese's Playlist" or something. Then copy what music you want into it.
If you've got a 3rd of 4th generation (spot it by the photos) then follow the instructions labelled "Syncing music automatically to iPod shuffle (3rd and 4th generation)". Select to sync only the play list you've just made.
If you've got a 1st or 2nd generation then follow the bit labelled "Syncing music using Autofill to iPod shuffle (1st and 2nd generation)" and select your new playlist for the "Autofill from" bit.
That should do it, just the music from your playlist will get onto your Shuffle.
You can also do it manually, and again instructions for that are on the same page above, which means you can drag or drop whatever songs you want onto the Shuffle without needing a playlist.
You'll import the CD and it will go into the iTunes Library. At this point if your DH has his iPod set up to sync the entire library he will get it on his iThing the next time he syncs it with the laptop.
You won't get it until you copy the CD from the Library to the playlist that you've set up and then sync your iPod.
So your usual pattern will be: 1) Import the CD 2) Copy the CD from the Library to your Playlist 3) Sync your iPod.