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Merging iTunes libraries from both my PC and my Mac?

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jrm27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 18, 2010 1:56 PM
Hi all,

I have two computers. One is a PC (desktop), the other is a a Mac (laptop). Both have their own itunes libraries. I'm wanting to be able to consolidate both libraries to an external hard drive that I will then be able to access on my laptop.

Basically, I want to take all the songs/media from my mac hard drive, and all the songs/media from my PC hard drive (all in itunes) and put them in the same place on an external drive I have. Can someone point me in the direction of how I would do that?

Here's my thought process:

1. Go to my mac itunes, and consolidate the library to a new location on my external drive.
2. Go to my PC itunes and consolidate the library to the same location on my external drive.
3. Delete all the music/media in my itunes library on my MAC.
4. Have itunes repopulate the library from the folder on my external hard drive

is this right? I feel like I'm missing something. Thanks!

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Jen Alice Flaherty Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:54 PM (in response to jrm27)

    Great question Jon,

    I just came across the same problem today and then I wanted to update an iPad with some of the features from both libraries and allow my PC user to access the library.  Have you heard any answers yet?


  • cabeandsuz Calculating status...

    Try this script from Doug Scripts.  I use and have used several scripts from Doug scripts.  What I would suggest is:

    Getting PC's Media to Mac

    1.  Copy the iTunes Media folder from your PC to your Mac

    2.  On the Mac, install the script in iTunes (using Doug's instructions) and run the script.

    3.  When the script launches select the find other button and navigate to the iTunes Media folder you copied over from your PC (Make sure the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to Library" options are checked (found in iTunes --> Preferences --> Advanced.

    4.  The script will search the location you selected for media including .mp3, mp4, m4v, aa etc... which were in your PC's Media folder and not in your Mac's

    5.  Add these files to iTunes now everything that was in your PC shoudl be on your Mac, a consolitaded library.

    Preparing to transfer to external HD

    6.  If you have not already done so ... Upgrade to iTunes Media organization (File --> Library --> Organize Library).  Make sure "Upgrade to iTunes Media organization IS checked and "Consolidate Library IS NOT checked (at this time).  If you are already upgraded the option will be grayed out .. skip to step 8.

    7.  Let iTunes do it's thing ...

    Transferring to external HD

    8.  Create an "iTunes" folder on the external HD within the iTunes folder create an "iTunes Media folder.

    9.  Within iTunes Preferences --> Advanced click "Change" by "iTunes Media Folder location"

    10.  Navigate to your "iTunes Media" folder on the external HD ... click OK and option will come up click NO

    11.  File --> Library --> Organize Library --> This time check "Consolidate Library" and press OK.  iTunes will copy the contents of your iTunes Media folder to the external HD

    Now all your media resides both on your internal and external HD if you want to save space you can delete the Media on your internal (after double checking that the files do indeed exist on the external).  Any additional purchases or rips will be added to the "iTunes Media" folder on the external HD.


    For more information or more detailed instructions see here.

    Best of luck

  • novad Calculating status...

    How do you make the iTunes Windows installation get all the playlist at that stuff?


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