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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac Apps
I ran into a problem trying to transfer my iTunes library from Windows to Mac. Even though iTunes for Mac and and Windows were written by the same company, the programs are completely incompatible when it comes to rakings. But they speak the same language when it comes to playlists.

In order to save yourself the headache of re-ranking thousands of songs, all you need to do is create five playlists: one for 5 stars, one for 4 stars, etc. Once the playlist is transferred to Mac, simply select all songs in the 5 star playlist and hit command-I to rank all songs as 5 stars. Repeat until all of your stars are filled.

I saw this on c|net.com (but can no longer find the link to give proper credit).
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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from iPod to iTunes??
Authored by: foodragon on Jan 29, '07 09:29:15AM

Might be a little off topic, but it has to deal with ratings so I'll ask. Does anybody know of a program that will copy song ratings I've made on my iPod to songs in my iTunes library?

I keep my iPod on manual mode because my iTunes library is bigger then my iPod, and I like having the ability to download songs from multiple computers, but the one thing I miss is having the songs updated in the iTunes library if I change a song's rating.

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_rob



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Simple
Authored by: hamarkus on Jan 29, '07 02:02:55PM

Simple. Do not select 'Manage manually' but instead create one playlist that contains all the music you would otherwise copy manually to the iPod and select to sync that playlist (and only that playlist) to the iPod (you can naturally add as many of your other playlists as you want as well, space permitting).

If you copy almost all your music to iPod, you could alternatively uncheck all unwanted songs and select to sync only the checked items.



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Simple
Authored by: foodragon on Jan 29, '07 07:49:06PM

Unfortunately, that only get songs from whatever songs are in that playlist and doesn't let you add additional songs say from another computer or that you may not want in that playlist.


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_rob



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Simple
Authored by: hamarkus on Jan 30, '07 11:19:09AM

I had overlooked that you wanted to copy music from different computers, that naturally complicate things. What might work is the following:
1) a: On your main computer create the playlist with all songs you would like to copy to your iPod
b: Synk your iPod, restricting it to that playlist
c: Switch your iPod to manual and disconnect

2) At another computer, connect the iPod (select manual if asked) and copy the songs you want to add to the iPod, disconnect

3) Back at your computer, connect the iPod and:
a: manually copy the songs you have got from the other computer to your library and add them to the playlist
b: switch back to synking automatically and synk

If you are likely to connect to another computer, start the cycle again with 1c.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: pub3abn on Jan 29, '07 10:01:39AM

Cool hint, I've been wanting to do this for ever. Next question: How does one transfer over the various ratings playlists without overwriting all the other playlists?



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: pub3abn on Jan 29, '07 10:04:35AM

I should add that I need a solution that does not involve an iPod, since I use iTunes solo (iPod-less) on all my computers.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: pub3abn on Jan 29, '07 10:10:47AM

I should add that I need a solution that does not involve an iPod, since I use iTunes solo (iPod-less) on all my computers.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: lar3ry on Jan 29, '07 10:50:43AM

In the latest version of iTunes, create a folder and import the external lists into that folder.

Or...

Move your existing playlists into a folder, and import the new ones onto the root "folder."



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: astrosmash on Jan 29, '07 11:35:19AM

Hmm, when I transferred by iTunes library from Windows to Mac everything made it over, playlists and ratings and all.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: jasonact on Jan 29, '07 02:22:24PM

I just bought my first Mac on Saturday (20" iMac), and I love it. I used PodUtil to transfer my iTunes library from my old XP desktop to the new iMac, and it transferred everything, ratings, playcounts and all. No problem.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: pub3abn on Jan 29, '07 03:04:04PM

For anyone interested, PodUtil is now called Music Rescue.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: foodragon on Jan 29, '07 07:46:18PM

Unfortunately, that only get songs from whatever songs are in that playlist and doesn't let you add additional songs say from another computer or that you may not want in that playlist.

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_rob



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You CAN transfer an iTunes Library in either direction
Authored by: Mechcozmo on Jan 29, '07 09:58:52PM

The iTunes Library is cross-compatible. I've done it both ways.

First off, on the Windows side, make sure that the iTunes Library is Consolidated. You can find it under the Advanced menu in iTunes. This makes sure everything is in your "iTunes/iTunes Music Library" folder. Now run iTunes on the Mac (assuming you haven't before) and answer the first-run questions. This generates some initial files that we're about to overwrite but more importantly creates a preference file that makes iTunes start right up next time. Quit iTunes. Now copy the iTunes folder from Windows over the stuff on the Mac. For every file you copy, you should see a file that you are replacing. (Pretty much the entire iTunes folder, which is a directory in the Music folder on the Mac or in Windows My Music). Now open iTunes again. It may show an "Upgrading Library" dialog, but after that, everything is copied over-- play counts, ratings, lyrics, anything.

If enough people like this I'll consider beautifying this and making it a hint in its own right. For now, I hope it corrects the gross inaccuracy of the "hint" above.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: mjerjohnson on Jan 30, '07 10:28:06AM

one thing that works good for me is to enter my rating into the BPM (Beats Per Minute) as a number. It's very simple. Just "Get Info" for all your 5 star songs (at one time, as a group), enter 5 into the BPM field, and you're done (repeat for other ratings).

This number then stays with the song wherever it goes, regardless of computer or OS. If my iTunes library gets trashed, i still retain ratings. I've never used the BPM field, so it's worked good for me.

hope that's useful to someone.



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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: mizraith on Jan 30, '07 10:47:37AM

Thanks, Mechcozmo for setting the record straight.

I, for one, have had no problems going either direction and having all of my info transfered [including album art]. You just have to make sure you grab all the library/xml info in whatever direciton.

Now....SYNCING....that would be cool.

And why on earth isn't the rating and album art stored in the mp3 file instead of in some separate file!?!



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Metadata
Authored by: Mechcozmo on Jan 30, '07 04:35:17PM
The simple reason why rating information isn't stored in an MP3 or AAC file? The file can't!

MP3 files use the ID3 standard to keep metadata organized. Here's the wikipedia link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID3

AAC files have the 'standard' metadata tags and the 'iTunes' tags, and not all AAC-compatible players can read the iTunes tags in AAC files (though most will just ignore those tags and play the file just fine, whilst leaving the tags intact).

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Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac
Authored by: eldino on Feb 14, '07 09:47:13AM

*** Transfer iTunes' song ratings from Windows to Mac via XML editing ***

I read this post and i decided to share my solution, that is simplest and fastest, but it needs a bit of XML editing.

iTunes libraries are just .XML files: you can open them with a plain text editor (like Textedit on Mac or Wordpad/Notepad on Windows) and edit them as you like. The only difference between an iTunes library for Windows and an iTunes library for Mac is the path of the audio/video file.

So open your "iTunes Library.xml" with the text editor of your choice (I use Textedit) and look at the content.
Every audio/video file in your library for Mac owns a file path that looks like the following:

<key>Location</key><string>file://localhost/Users/eldino/Music/mp3dvd_51/aerotone.net/AER005/01%20Winterpark%20-%20Nunns%20rd..mp3</string>

If you have all the mp3s in the same folder (in my case: "mp3dvd_51"), you have just to search for "file://localhost/Users/eldino/Music/mp3dvd_51/" and replace it with a more Windows-friendly file path, something like:

"file://localhost/E:/Music/mp3dvd_51/".

Then save the new .XML as "iTunes Library (Windows).xml" or whatever else and import it in your iTunes for Windows: you will magically get back all your ratings :-)

You can also buy MacDrive (a really nice software that permit you to read/write on HFS partitions on Windows) and share the same audio/video files (for example, placed on an external USB hard disk) between iTunes for Mac and iTunes for Windows XP.

If you are interested into this, proceed as follow:
1) Import all songs on iTunes for Mac;
2) edit the final XML as described;
3) save it on "Music/iTunes" folder on Windows;
4) install MacDrive;
5) plug your HFS-formatted external drive on Windows: it may be recognized without problems;
6) start iTunes for Windows;
7) enjoy :)

If your external drive is not big like mine (400 GB) and it's like 80 GB, you can format it as FAT32 (using Disk Utility on Mac or thirdy-party software for Windows), so you will not need to buy the handy MacDrive.

-eldino



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iTunes from external drive on Windows to local drive on Mac
Authored by: LizQuincy on Feb 19, '07 10:50:13AM

In Windows iTunes, I kept my music on an external drive, and my iTunes folder in the default location on the c-drive.

My mac has a lot more space, so I don't need to use the external drive for my music. I transferred all the music to the Mac desktop, as well as the iTunes folder from Windows.

The problem is that the iTunes library file thinks my music is on the external drive. (I'm just assuming this. If all of the information is in the .xml file, I could examine that, although I don't know anything about xml.)

Of course the easiest thing would be for me to have consolidated my library before switching, so that everything would be contained within the iTunes folder. But my music library is much too big.

I would like to know how to edit the iTunes library file (which I assume is the .xml). I don't really understand the previous post which tries to explain this. But I think with some clearing up I could figure it out.

Thanks.

Also: I have a bunch of non-music files in my music folder (from the external). Things such as desktop.ini, Thumbs.db, AlbumArt~.jpg, etc. I would like to know which of these is a Windows thing (i.e. the crazy files that windows inserts in folders), and which is an iTunes thing. Anybody know?



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iTunes from external drive on Windows to local drive on Mac
Authored by: LizQuincy on Feb 19, '07 10:52:47AM

In Windows iTunes, I kept my music on an external drive, and my iTunes folder in the default location on the c-drive.

My mac has a lot more space, so I don't need to use the external drive for my music. I transferred all the music to the Mac desktop, as well as the iTunes folder from Windows.

The problem is that the iTunes library file thinks my music is on the external drive. (I'm just assuming this. If all of the information is in the .xml file, I could examine that, although I don't know anything about xml.)

Of course the easiest thing would be for me to have consolidated my library before switching, so that everything would be contained within the iTunes folder. But my music library is much too big.

I would like to know how to edit the iTunes library file (which I assume is the .xml). I don't really understand the previous post which tries to explain this. But I think with some clearing up I could figure it out.

Thanks.

Also: I have a bunch of non-music files in my music folder (from the external). Things such as desktop.ini, Thumbs.db, AlbumArt~.jpg, etc. I would like to know which of these is a Windows thing (i.e. the crazy files that windows inserts in folders), and which is an iTunes thing. Anybody know?



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