Transferring iTunes library

Discussion in 'Mac' started by markrobertstockwell, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. I just bought a Macmini and I want to reformat my ipod (to the Mac). I
    want to transfer my iTunes library (it's all music off of CD's) to the

    Is there an easy way to do this?
    markrobertstockwell, Dec 29, 2006
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  2. markrobertstockwell

    ZnU Guest

    iTunes will only transfer songs from an iPod to a Mac if they were
    purchased from iTunes.
    ZnU, Dec 29, 2006
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  3. markrobertstockwell

    ZnU Guest

    Copy the music files over from your old computer.

    If for some reasons you have to copy them off of your iPod, there are
    various utilities that will do this. A Google search will turn up a
    bunch. (iTunes doesn't have this feature built in, because the record
    companies would probably flip out.)
    ZnU, Dec 29, 2006
  4. markrobertstockwell

    David Empson Guest

    Not directly from your iPod in its current state.

    Reading between the lines, I assume you had a computer running Windows
    on which you were running iTunes and managing your iPod? Your iPod is
    presumably in Windows/MS-DOS format (FAT32).

    Do you still have access to that computer, is iTunes still on it, and
    does its iTunes still have your complete music library?

    If so, the best solution is to copy the entire music library from the
    Windows PC to the Mac Mini. You can probably do this using your iPod as
    a removable storage device, as long as it has enough capacity to hold
    your entire music library.

    (If your iPod isn't large enough, you will need a similar solution using
    a bigger external storage device, or a network connection between the
    computers to copy the files directly.)

    To do the transfer using the iPod:

    1. If the iPod doesn't have enough free disk space to hold another
    complete copy of your music library (but would if you didn't have any
    music on it), then use iTunes on Windows to set your iPod to manual sync
    mode, and delete all of the music from the iPod. This will free up all
    the disk space on the iPod.

    2. Use iTunes on Windows to enable your iPod for disk use (if isn't
    already set that way). Your iPod should appear as another drive on the
    computer, e.g. E: or F:.

    3. Locate the iTunes music folder on your Windows PC. It is probably in
    c:\Documents and Settings\<your name>\Music\iTunes, but the exact
    location should be visible in iTunes Preferences > Advanced. The folder
    you want is called "iTunes Music".

    4. Copy the entire iTunes Music folder to your iPod.

    I'm not sure whether you will be able to copy the actual "iTunes
    Library" file as well, but it wouldn't hurt to try. Before doing this, I
    suggest exiting from iTunes, so the music library file is in a
    consistent state. If you are attempting this, you should also copy
    "iTunes Music Library.xml" and any other folders in the iTunes folder
    (e.g. I have an "Album Artwork" folder, but don't bother with "Previous
    iTunes Libraries" if it is there).

    5. Unmount the iPod on your PC and connect it to the Mac Mini.

    6. Make sure iTunes isn't running. If it is, Quit it first.

    7. Go to your Music folder in your home folder. Duplicate the iTunes
    folder, so you have a backup (probably not important if you don't have
    any music in iTunes on the Mac Mini yet).

    8. Copy the iTunes files from the iPod into the appropriate location on
    the Mac: "iTunes Library", "iTunes Music Library.xml", "Album Artwork"
    and "iTunes Music" should all be located inside the "iTunes" folder (in
    the Music folder in your home folder).

    9. Launch iTunes and keep your fingers crossed. If the Mac and Windows
    versions use the same data file formats, then your entire music library
    should be immediately available.

    9a. If not, you will have to import the music into iTunes, and may need
    to do some additional cleanup first. Quit iTunes, and restore the
    previous "iTunes Library", "iTunes Music Library.xml" and "Album
    Artwork" folders from your backup copy. You can leave iTunes Music
    unmodified. Run iTunes again, then in Finder, drag the entire iTunes
    Music folder into iTunes. It will import details for all of the songs.
    The end result will be similar, but you will have lost any playlists and
    details like number of times you played each song.

    10. Once you have all the music in iTunes on your Mac, you can proceed
    with restoring your iPod to virgin state (as a Mac formatted iPod this
    time), and away you go.
    David Empson, Dec 29, 2006
  5. Why would this be better than using Senuti?
    John McWilliams, Dec 30, 2006
  6. markrobertstockwell

    David Empson Guest

    Never heard of it before this thread. I've now had a brief look.

    Does it transfer the complete data stored in the iTunes Library file,
    including playlists, ratings and play history? I wouldn't expect all of
    that to be on the iPod.

    Looking at the comments on VersionTracker it may not be a complete
    transfer of all metadata, whereas my suggested method will at least
    attempt to get everything from the source iTunes library. (I'm not
    intimately familiar with iTunes on Windows, so I'm not certain whether
    it maintains its library file in the same location and name as the Mac

    Senuti appears to be sufficient for transferring the music, but I care
    about my metadata.
    David Empson, Dec 30, 2006
  7. Thanks David

    I actually was able to save my iTunes files on to a DVD, then transfer
    them, and then reformat the iPod using your directions below.

    Thanks again

    markrobertstockwell, Dec 30, 2006
  8. I do, too, but not that which is on my iPod. I doubt Senuti can transfer
    anything but the music files.
    John McWilliams, Dec 30, 2006
  9. markrobertstockwell

    David Empson Guest

    Excellent. Glad to be of service.

    So was I right and the Windows version of iTunes uses exactly the same
    name and file format for its "iTunes Library" file?

    If so, you should have ended up with all of your playlists transferred,
    also your ratings, play counts, import dates, last played dates, etc.
    David Empson, Dec 30, 2006
  10. Mark-

    Did the playlists and ratings, etc., get transferred as well from your
    PC to the Mac? (We know the music files themselves did.)

    If so, David's how to list should be memorialized somehow!
    John McWilliams, Jan 2, 2007
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