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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: abacsalmasi on Jan 14, '04 11:14:51AM

I've had to do this many times when formating a drive that has my home folder on it. I find the easiest way is just to copy the entire Music folder. When you have a fresh iTunes, simply open it up and quit it to create it's playlists/preferences and such. Then take the old Music Folder and replace the new one. Open iTunes again and everything will be there, playlists and all. This might be simpler than the posted hint.

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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: jaytay on Jan 14, '04 11:32:10AM

All I did was copy the iTunes folders from my old Mac to the Music folder on my new one. Job done.



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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: robarmo on Jan 14, '04 08:31:33PM

Its not just iTunes. You can copy your iPhoto Library to your new pictures folder, even your mailboxes from ~/Library/Mail/ and iCal calenders from ~/Library/Calenders to restore them onto your new set up.

Saved me a lot of messing.

Rob.



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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: sfn on Jan 14, '04 02:02:39PM

I have found that, that only works if the paths to the song files are the same (username, hd name).

Consolidate the Library to the default location if it is not already.
Copy the iTunes folder to the new machine while logged into the new machine, replacing the an existing iTunes folder.
Delete the com.apple.iTunes.plist file if one exists. This insures that the .plist file is newer than the iTunes 4 Music Library.
Launch iTunes.

iTunes sees a mismatch in song folder locations and corrects the paths using the newer location. No need to hand-edit the .xml file.

This works to transfer the Library and songs to a new machine, or a new user.

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