Sync library between two computers

I want to sync my music libraries so that the songs I uncheck, are unchecked on both computers.
Is this possible?
I have a macbook at home with my physical library.
I use itunes match so I have my music on my work cpu (PC)
When I'm at work, I unchecked the songs I don't want to listen to... and do the same at home, but they are not in sync.

No there's no way to automatically sync two Libraries, and trying to do so will trash one or both of them because no syncing software can parse the iPhoto Library database.
Yes you could have a common Library and keep each other's content separate. Simply keyword the pics 'His' and 'Hers' and use a simple Smart Album to separate them out. You can even - based on those tags - make two master Events - one for her pics and one for his.

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