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iTunes library PC --> Mac (quick answer appreciated)

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:29 am    Post subject: iTunes library PC --> Mac (quick answer appreciated) Reply with quote

Does anyone know of a good method to move my entire library from my PC to my MacBook Pro (should arrive today, hopefully earlier in the day though). I have an iPhone that can hold all my iTunes content and an external HDD that I can transfer the library to (actually two, but the other one is going to be for Time Machine), also if at all possible, is there a way to do it so my purchased list is retained (if not no biggy)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a Mac, the iTunes music library is found in User/Music/iTunes Music, so if you can...
  • copy your PC's music library to that location
  • start iTunes
  • click "Add to Library..." under the "File" menu
  • select the iTunes Music folder that you've just created (either on your internal or external HDD) and click the "Open" button
...then iTunes should find all of your music and automatically import it! Smile

(Just to clarify that last bullet point, I have a Music/iTunes Music folder on my internal HDD that OS X created when it was installed. But my iTunes library is in a Music/iTunes Music folder that I created on my external HDD, and I've told iTunes to only use that folder for playing/adding music tracks by specifying it in the "Advanced" tab of iTunes' preferences pane)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
On a Mac, the iTunes music library is found in User/Music/iTunes Music, so if you can...
  • copy your PC's music library to that location
  • start iTunes
  • click "Add to Library..." under the "File" menu
  • select the iTunes Music folder that you've just created (either on your internal or external HDD) and click the "Open" button
...then iTunes should find all of your music and automatically import it! Smile

(Just to clarify that last bullet point, I have a Music/iTunes Music folder on my internal HDD that OS X created when it was installed. But my iTunes library is in a Music/iTunes Music folder that I created on my external HDD, and I've told iTunes to only use that folder for playing/adding music tracks by specifying it in the "Advanced" tab of iTunes' preferences pane)


If it's on an external drive will it automatically import it to the internal drive?

Update on shipping, it was scanned onto a truck as of 7:40 and 7:41 (there's two packages, one for the MBP and iPS and the other is my MBP Applecare)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Open iTunes Preferences:Advanced. You can set the location of the library. Do so before importing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright all went well and is working, just running updates (589.4MB worth to download), now to sync my stainless iPod shuffle.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fuentecigar wrote:
Open iTunes Preferences:Advanced. You can set the location of the library. Do so before importing.


Yes, iTunes will put your files where you tell it to. Or it should...

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