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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: lotas on Jan 15, '04 03:49:50AM

i wonder. i have a linux server with a samba share on it. unfortunitly, i have no firewire port on my mac, and no other drive big enough to store the music thats external. im upgrading the imac with a 6gb hdd. im guessing i could do this in a simular way, but telling the mac to have its music store on the samba share on the linux box (Apple share wont work, cant get NFS mounting yet under mac, so samba works on all!). can anyone see problems with this?

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IT IS ABOUT PRESERVING PLAY COUNTS & RATINGS!!!!!
Authored by: thereitis on Jan 19, '04 02:24:10AM

All precedent contributors missed the main point of the first posting: it was about to retain the original ratings and play counts.

"Besides losing a few songs, I also lost tons of play counts and ratings.
For the past week, I've been looking for an effective solution that would keep all songs, play counts, and ratings."


Are you all so poor readers?



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IT IS ABOUT PRESERVING PLAY COUNTS & RATINGS!!!!!
Authored by: jursamaj on Nov 19, '04 02:08:44PM

Similarly, I'm trying to maintain playcounts etc., but in a different situation. I DON'T allow iTunes to manage my files. I do that just fine on my own, thanks. But I want to reorganize some files from 1 drive to another, without having to manually relink each one. At 1st, I thought "iTunes Music Library.xml" was going to do it: turns out to be output only, iTunes doesn't USE it for anything. The real data store is in "iTunes 3 Music Library" (adjust for version number). Unless somebody reverse engineers that, there appears to be no way to automate such changes.



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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: tf23 on Feb 20, '04 05:01:36AM

That's how I do it.

The linux FS has a 'music' share on it. I set iTunes to *not* copy files into itself. Then I mounted the music share. Dragged it into iTunes. iTunes scans all the files.

Now, when I rip a cd, it's written to my local mac's iTunes directory in my account's home dir. Then I copy everything it ripped from ~/iTunes/iTunes\ Music to /Volumes/Music/iTunes\ Music. Then remove the newly imported files from iTunes, and then copy whatever was just added to the music share back into itunes.

That way iTunes references the file from the share, not my local drive.





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Move an iTunes library to a new machine
Authored by: sota on Apr 09, '04 05:04:40AM

Running iTunes off a Samba share works great. I've got a linux server with a massive drive and I keep my Music folder on it and iTunes preferences pointed to it. The copy and organize features of iTunes work fine as well.

FTP doesn't seem to work well enough/consistently yet under the Finder, WebDav works - but can get really slow opening/closing files after they're copied to the server (and likes to cache files locally onto my ibook), AppleShare on linux is a pain to setup and has its own custom database which the rest of the server doesn't seem to like, and I try not to go near NFS.

Samba shares are the best way to fly IMO.



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