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iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?

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mrchampale Calculating status...
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Jul 17, 2012 9:45 PM

Copied iTunes Library according to Apple online instructions to the absolute letter via external drive to new MacBook Pro.  New iTunes folder is slotted into its proper place in my Music folder.  But every time I launch iTunes on the new computer, I get an old iTunes library.  No other competing iTunes libraries to be found.  In other words, my iTunes library is there.  But it ain't there.  Remedies?  Thanks...

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jul 17, 2012 9:50 PM (in response to mrchampale)

    I don't know what old library it is using but start iTunes and immediately hold down the option key, then guide it to the library you wish to use.

     

    This is more or less what you did?  iTunes: How to move [or copy] your music to a new computer [or another drive] - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jul 17, 2012 10:06 PM (in response to mrchampale)

    Are you positive you put the folder where you think you put it?  You didn't mix up your accounts on that new computer?  Yours is the first topic I have seen where using the option key did not start the library to which it was pointed.  I am wondering if you are somehow still pointing it at the old library.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jul 17, 2012 10:20 PM (in response to mrchampale)

    I am  a bit bemuddled by the complexity of the copying process.

     

    Copy the whole iTunes folder from your old computer, unchanged, to an external drive.

     

    Copy that iTunes folder to wherever on the second computer.  If there is one already in the Music folder delete it, or rename it.  Regardless of where you put it, start iTunes and immediately hold down the option key, etc.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Jul 17, 2012 10:43 PM (in response to mrchampale)

    Any reason you are not using -> Migration Assistant?

     

    mrchampale wrote:

     

    Yes!  Re-doing it from scratch worked.  Thanks, Limnos.  Now on to the iPhoto Library!

    Same thing. Simply copy the Photo library file (or use Migration Assistant).

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to mrchampale)

    Then everything is on your new computer.

    Why are you having to copy anything?

  • JR X Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:05 AM (in response to mrchampale)

    Argh I went through all of the same problems.  In the end, after restarting iTunes and holding down 'Option' I chose the create new library option and then chose 'scan for music' when it prompted me.  It then just searched for - and found - my old iTunes file that I had copied across from the external drive, adding all 89gig straight into iTunes just as it was on my old MacBook.

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