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One way to migrate an iTunes collection to another drive
Authored by: schneb on Jun 23, '08 11:59:40AM

By metadata I mean the "Grouping", "Track #" (which I use for keeping TV series in order of Season/Episode), and Comments (which I use for characters like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, etc. for my Looney Tunes collection)

As for the album art, I do not think iTunes writes such to the original file. It stores the art in another folder and links to it. You need a dedicated ID3 editor to do that.

As for Playcount, I am not sure that is preserved since I do not use it. However, last I looked, rating was preserved.

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One way to migrate an iTunes collection to another drive
Authored by: edmechem on Jul 10, '08 02:16:15PM

iTunes *can* be made to store the album art inside each track's file itself. This is useful when you're looking at a shared library. At least with iTunes 7.6.2 (haven't tested on 7.7 yet), if the tracks you're looking at from the shared library have their album art inside the track, you'll see it; if not, you won't.

To do this, first do 'Show Artwork' (command G). Control-click on the artwork viewer (lower left corner of window), and Copy it. Next, select all tracks from that album (presuming they all have the same album art). Control-click on one of those tracks, and choose Remove Downloaded album art. It should disappear from both the viewer and coverflow. Lastly, control-click on the artwork viewer, and choose Paste. You'll see the progress bar as each track's file is written back out to disk, but containing the artwork.

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