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Why have iTunes on another computer?

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Nov 20, 2012 9:26 AM

I have iTunes on my desktop computer (Windows 7 Professional 32-bit).  I can connect my iPod 30G to it and drag/drop tunes/videos between the iPod and the computer.

 

I recently bought a laptop and installed iTunes on it also.  I am now trying every which way I know how to get those songs/videos off the iPod and onto this computer.  I've done searches in this (and other) forum panels and as near as I can tell, iTunes will let an iPod sync with just ONE computer.

 

My question s this: why bother putting iTunes on another computer if you cannot copy your music from the iPod to the computer?  If this is not true, then could someone please enlighten me as to the procedure to copy/paste FROM the iPod to the computer?

 

Bill

iPod classic, Windows 7
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,850 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to iss_boss)

    These are two possible approaches that will normally work to move an existing library to a new computer.

     

    Method 1

    1. Backup the library with this User Tip.
    2. Deauthorize the old computer if you no longer want to access protected content on it.
    3. Restore the backup to your new computer using the same tool used to back it up.
    4. Keep your backup up-to-date in future.

     

    Method 2

    Connect the two computers to the same network. Share your <User's Music> folder from the old computer and copy the entire iTunes library folder into the <User's Music> folder on the new one. Again, deauthorize the old computer if no longer required.

     

    Both methods should give the new computer a working clone of the library that was on the old one. As far as iTunes is concerned this is still the "home" library for your devices so you shouldn't have any issues with iTunes wanting to erase and reload.

     

    I'd recommend method 1 since it establishes an ongoing backup for your library.

     

    If you have an iOS device that syncs with contact & calendar data on your computer you should migrate this information too. If that isn't possible create a dummy entry of each type in your new profile and iTunes should offer to merge the existing data from the device into the computer, otherwise the danger is that it will wipe the information from the device.

     

    If your media folder has been split out from the main iTunes folder you may need to do some preparatory work to make it easier to move. See make a split library portable.

     

    Should you be in the unfortunate position where you are no longer able to access your original library, or a backup of it, then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device for advice on how to set up your devices with a new library with the maximum preservation of data. If you don't have any Apple devices then see HT2519 - Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,850 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:31 AM (in response to iss_boss)

    Sync iPod/iPad/iPhone with two computers

    Although it isn't possible to sync an Apple device with two different libraries it is possible to sync with the same logical library from multiple computers. Each library has an internal ID and when iTunes connects to your iPod/iPad/iPhone it compares the local ID with the one the device normally syncs with. If they are the same you can go ahead and sync...

     

    I have my library cloned to a small 1Tb USB drive which I can take between home & work. At either location I use SyncToy 2.1 to update the local copy with the external drive. Mac users should be able to find similar tools, e.g. Carbon Copy Cloner. I can open either of the local libraries or the one on the external drive and update the media content of my iPhone. The slight exception is Photos which normally connects to a specific folder on a specific machine, although that can easily be remapped to the current library if you create a "Photos" folder inside the iTunes Media folder so that syncing the iTunes folders keeps this up to date as well. I periodically sweep my library for new files & orphans with iTunes Folder Watch just in case I make changes at one location but then overwrite the library with a newer copy from the other. Again Mac users should be able to find similar tools, e.g. MusicFolder Files Not Added and Super Remove Dead Tracks.

     

    As long as your media is organised within an iTunes Music or Tunes Media folder, in turn held inside the main iTunes folder that has your library files (whether or not you let iTunes keep the media folder organised) each library can access items at the same relative path from the library folder so the library can be at different drives/paths on different machines. This solution ensures I always have adequate backups of my library and I can update my devices whenever I can connect to the same build of iTunes.

     

    When working with an iPhone earlier builds of iTunes would remove any file not physically present in the local library, even if there was an entry for it, making manual management practically redundant on the iPhone. This behaviour has been changed but it will still only permit manual management with a library that has the correct internal ID. If you don't want to sync your library between machines on a regular basis just copy the iTunes Library.itl file from the current "home" machine to any other you want to use, then clean out the library entires and import the local content you have on that box.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,850 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 11:48 AM (in response to iss_boss)

    You're welcome.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,850 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 12:42 PM (in response to iss_boss)

    I suspect you might have let the wrong library overwrite the other at some point so the active database isn't home for the iPod. You may be able to restore one from the Previous iTunes Libraries folder that the iPod recognises.

     

    Should you be in the unfortunate position where you are no longer able to access your original library, or a backup of it, then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device for advice on how to set up your devices with a new library with the maximum preservation of data. If you don't have any Apple devices then see HT2519 - Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store.

     

    It should be possible to bring back ratings, play counts, playlists etc. if you choose the right recovery tools. I believe that iTunes will import playlists made on the device into the "home" library when syncing, but it's not a feature I've explored in depth. If the device is manually managed I've just finished work on a script to sync stats which I could potentially expand to import playlists also. See https://discussions.apple.com/message/20189176#20189176

     

    tt2

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