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Creisnouer Calculating status...
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Feb 1, 2013 2:05 PM

Please forgive me if this has been asked, but I couldn't find my specific problem.  I have a iPod Nano with a huge library on my desktop.  The desktop finally stopped getting online, preventing me from purchasing new music.  I followed the directions to move my library from the desktop to my laptop, but when I open iTunes on the laptop, it didn't open up my library.  There isn't anything in there.  Now when I go to 'music', I see the library.  When I click onto it, it opens up a new tab online and lists all of the songs in 'computer talk'.  What did I do wrong?  Should I just scrap it, plug in the iPod into my laptop and transfer the music that way?

 

Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it!

iPod nano (3rd generation), Windows 7
  • Brij011 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    The library doesn't contain the music files, it's simply a catalogue of your music - hence the "computer talk". If you look in the iTunes Media folder that should contain the music files, if not then they haven't been copied.

     

    If I were you, I'd start from scratch and copy the music files over manually using an external hard drive or flash drive.

  • Brij011 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 4:41 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    Creisnouer wrote:

     

      However, do you think the fact that the old computer can't connect to the internet anymore has any bearing on this?

     

    I didn't realise you meant the computer can't connect, I thought you meant just the iTunes. I've never tried to use iTunes on the computer offline but I do know it can cause problems. I can't see why it should matter for transferring physical music files, but if it's stuff you bought from iTunes then I think that could explain your problem.

     

    I wouldn't try and transfer music from the iPod though as this could erase the music on it completely. There is 3rd party software that can help you do this but it shouldn't be necessary if you have the files on the computer.

     

    P.S. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to transfer music files from the desk top to the laptop.

     

    Have checked to see whether the music files are on the lap top? If they're not, how did you try to transfer them?

  • Brij011 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:06 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    What you describe is what would happen if you go into the iTunes library file, are you sure you're seeing the actual music files?

  • Brij011 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    I assume you mean folder, not file? To make sure it does contain the actual music, could you right click on the folder and check the memory size and number of files?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    Lyon need to copy the entire /Music/iTunes/  from old computer to /Music/ on new computer.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 5:00 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    That's supposed to be;

    You need to copy the entire /Music/iTunes/  from old computer to /Music/ on new computer.

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 4, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    Oh Dear it sounds like you will need a something bigger than a thumb drive or how are you going to transfer your song files in addition to your library.xml file to your new computer? One song at a time?

     

    Although if your library.xml file is only 7MB then I don't imagine your library is too big to begin with

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Feb 4, 2013 2:12 PM (in response to Creisnouer)

    Creisnouer wrote:

     

    Thank you so much, Chris!  I was trying to copy a file, not the whole thing.  Well, now I have to go out and buy a thumb drive that can transfer all my data.  The iTunes folder is 7.30 MB

    Perhaps you mean GB?

    7 MB is barely even one song.

     

    You could simply network the computers and copy the folder across.

    I haven't done it but it seems simple enough.

    -> http://www.ehow.com/how_8166962_network-windows-computers.html

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