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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: grrr223 on Jan 14, '04 10:59:32PM

iTunes is actually VERY smart when it comes to managing your music library.

Here is what I did when I moved my 60 gig library from my old B/W G3 450 to my new 1.25 Ghz G4 PB. I think it's simpler than most of the methods presented here if your setup allows for it.

I have a small home network (just a router to split my cable modem) so I was easily able to share files between my two macs.

1. I shared the disk on my G3 that had the iTunes music library.
2. I copied my music library files to my Powerbook (I just happened to use iSync, but you can just drag and drop from your old home folder to your new home folder).
3. I mounted the shared G3 drive on my Powerbook
4. I opened up iTunes on the Powerbook (with the music library file from the G3) and it's smart enough to see the shared drive and play the songs as if they were stored locally.
5. I changed the path of my iTunes music library to my new home directory on my Powerbook, and made sure that "Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized" was checked.
6. I ran Advanced>Consolidate Library

After waiting a few hours for 60 gig of music to be transferred, I unmounted the shared drive from the G3 drive....

And, in typical Mac fashion...IT JUST WORKED!!!

Note: It actually doesn't even need to be as complicated as it was. The issue that the above method solved for me was moving my music folder from a folder at the root level of a second hard drive on the G3 to my home directory. iTunes handles all of it automatically without opening up a single xml file, without worrying about drive names, without, well, much of anything :).

I LOVE iTunes.



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