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HT4527 Why didn't iTunes copy from PC to iMac work?

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I tried copying from my PC's itunes to my iMac using an external hard drive as the intermediary and it did not work.  Followed the Apple instructions to the letter.  Even though all data and folders were placed in the iTunes folder on the iMac, when I opened the iMac's iTunes, nothing showed up.  No playlists, no music.  Old music was still there even though I had removed it via the folders.  Made sure iTunes was pointing to the correct folder too, but no luck.  What gives? 


Running OS X 10.8.4   iTUnes 11.0.4

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,680 points)

    Per the article linked, the iTunes content goes in the Music directory not the iTunes folder.

    Move the media to the correct folder then launch iTunes.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,680 points)

    iTunes should always be closed when moving files/folders.


    The instructions are pretty explicit, the ENTIRE iTunes folder should be moved to

    Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music


    Once moved to that directory, open iTunes.

    Everything should be exactly as it was on the old computer.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,680 points)

    The folder that was copied was "iTunes Music" or the ENTIRE iTunes folder which contains iTunes Music and other files?


    The correct way to move the data is to copy the ENTIRE iTunes folder.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,680 points)

    Start over.

    Delete or remove the existing iTunes folder in /usr/music on the new computer.

    Copy the ENTIRE iTunes folder from the Music folder on the old computer to the new computer.

    Launch iTunes.  It should open and look exactly as it does on the old computer.

    If it does not, close iTunes.  Then holding the Command key launch iTunes until prompted to choose or create a new library.

    Point iTunes to the /usr/music/iTunes directory and the iTunesLibrary.itl file contained in that directory.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,680 points)

    Maybe it's the Option key in OSX.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,680 points)

    Okay, then something is not working properly.... computer or user.

    Might be worth trying the Windows Migration Assistant to move all the media and other data.

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