2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2013 2:09 AM by luo_md
cormcormcorm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a large itunes library on my PC (roughly 200gb) and I want to transfer this to an external hard drive to then use on my new mac. I have tried this before using software which converts from NFTS to mac, but this didn't work properly (songs kept disappearing), so I also want the external hard drive to be mac formatted. Any suggestions? It seems much harder to do this than I expected.


MacBook Air
  • 1. Re: How can I move my itunes library from pc onto an external hard drive for use on a mac
    abombaci Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)

       Yes you can go to > Music > iTunes folder and copy the whole iTunes folder and drag the folder to your external and then on the new Mac click and highlight the iTunes folder and then in iTunes click on the button at the top (add folder to library) and you should see all your songs transfer from the external to the Mac and all songs start filling up in your iTunes library on the Mac.

     

      This is the easiest method all songs and other media such as songs, movies, apps will be transferred over however you may not be able to keep ratings & last played counts using this method.

     

      To keep all metadata including ratings & play count use the Apple method exclusively for this if you have to have your metadata, play counts and ratings saved.

     

      I used scenario one above because it one of the simplest methods and I was just satisfied enough just to transfer all media over.

  • 2. Re: How can I move my itunes library from pc onto an external hard drive for use on a mac
    luo_md Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can also keep your iTunes folder on the external HD. After copying all your iTunes folder on the external HD, then connect it  (HD) into your Mac. Open your Mac's iTunes and locate your iTunes library in iTunes/preferences/advanced.