Seamlessly switching between iTunes for Mac and Windows

The path on a Windows machine to my iTunes is something like N:\My Music, where N is mapped as a network drive. On a Mac, that same Drive N is mapped as “fireserver” on the server machine. So on iTunes for the Mac, it would have to be //servername/fireserver/My Music or something along those lines.
Here’s the problem. The iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml are the files in Windows that store the information regarding which iTunes music is there, as well as the playlists and their contents. Therefore, if I move from one machine to another, as long as each has the server’s drive mapped as N, I can copy those two files from one machine to the other and it serves two purposes. First, it is a backup of sorts of my iTunes library. Second, I don’t have to update the information on two computers but rather one, and then copy the files to have an identical library, including playlists.
I would like to sync my iPhone and iPod(s) with my Mac, but I have a Windows machine, and need to continue to use that Windows machine to do other things with iTunes, such as port music to the backyard of my house. I don’t know how to keep the two iTunes libraries in sync since the xml and itl files refer to files and folders within N:\My Music. Even if I laboriously edited those files and did a global replace, that would be a one shot deal, and thereafter, I would have to update on the Windows side and on the Mac side.
So here is the question. Is there a way that I can set up my Mac so that when I refer to N: it knows that I mean //servername/fireserver (I’m not sure if I have the syntax right, but I think I’m getting my point across)? In this way, the files would point to N:\whatever and the computer would know that I mean //servername/fireserver/whatever.
This would solve a major problem for me.
Thanks in advance!

I have been really surprised by the lack of responses to this post. I'm thinking, this is such a typical thing that people would want to do - sharing their music with friends and family - I can't be the first to have the problem. Plus, I've always received such quick, expert advice on this forum to other questions since buying my Mac a couple of months ago.
But now I'm wondering whether there is something else going on that precludes the resident experts from answering. Is sharing music as I've described illegal? Maybe that's why everybody's keeping quiet, i.e., if you tell me how to share my songs with a friend then you're assisting in copyright infringement.
I didn't think it was illegal to share music with a friend in this way, as long as the songs you've downloaded from iTunes aren't shared on more than four devices or whatever. If it is illegal I'd sure like to know. That would also explain the radio silence.
Thanks.

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