12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2012 1:05 AM by JR X
mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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)
  • 1. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,460 points)

    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

  • 2. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I followed the external drive instructions exactly, to completion.  Home Sharing did not work at all so I went to the External Drive option, using a Lacie configured for Mac.

     

    Two things have happened when I use the option key starting up iTunes:  When I select the iTunes folder, the iTunes library that is launched is, again, not the current one.  When I select the iTunes Music folder that I imported via the External Drive from within the iTunes folder, I get this message:  "An iTunes library file could not be found in the folder 'iTunes Music.' Please choose a different folder."

     

    I somehow don't recall this process being so laborious with my previous MacBooks!  Thanks for any advice.

  • 3. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,460 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I dropped the updated iTunes folder into the Music folder on the new MacBook, under my User home.  I can click onto it and see all of the up-to-date music.  But when I launch the iTunes app on the new MacBook, I get an out of date library. 

     

    I followed another set of instructions for copying a Library document containing playlist info to a new Mac and tried pointing the app to that, but while it is in my new iTunes folder, it cannot be selected by iTunes.

     

    When I was moving my iTunes Library over, I did select the option of importing the "newer" files.  Should I attempt to reinstall from scratch?  Still not sure what this will accomplish as I can literally scroll through the iTunes Music folder and see everything sitting right there.

  • 5. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,460 points)

    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.

  • 6. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Roger that.  The iTunes folder was copied, unchanged, to the external drive.  I'm not going to re-bounce it over to the new Mac as an entirely separate folder, renaming the older version.  Thanks.  Hoping for the best...

  • 7. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • 8. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    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).

  • 9. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did use Migration Assistant during the setup process.

  • 10. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    Then everything is on your new computer.

    Why are you having to copy anything?

  • 11. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    mrchampale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the case of iTunes, yes, the library was there on the new Mac, fully intact.  But the new iTunes program was not launching or loading the library properly.  So I just reloaded it all over again and that finally fixed it.

     

    Core issue is that Home Sharing for inexplicable reasons is not working for me and it's looking like the last backup I did to my drive might not have been done properly and so my new computer is not showing up to date files, thus making it necessary for me to manually upload everything to it piece by piece via the external drive.  What joy.  But sure it'll be fine in the end...

  • 12. Re: iTunes Transfer to New MacBook Pro a No Go?
    JR X Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.