4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2013 6:03 AM by Name
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How do I transfer songs from one user account to another user account on the same computer?

 

I've given my son his own account on our second computer. Prior to this, he shared his sister's iTunes account, using a playlist to populate his ipod. Now that he has his own account, he wants to transfer his music to his own account. Is it possible to do this quickly? I've been able to copy some actual song files from the first iTunes library and physically move them to the new account using a flash drive, but this is cumbersome. Any better options? Thanks.

  • 1. Re: How do you transfer songs to second iTunes user account; same computer
    C F McBlob Level 4 Level 4 (2,865 points)

    Name wrote:

     

    How do I transfer songs from one user account to another user account on the same computer?

     

    I've given my son his own account on our second computer. Prior to this, he shared his sister's iTunes account, using a playlist to populate his ipod. Now that he has his own account, he wants to transfer his music to his own account. Is it possible to do this quickly? I've been able to copy some actual song files from the first iTunes library and physically move them to the new account using a flash drive, but this is cumbersome. Any better options? Thanks.

    That's not only cumbersome but wastes hard drive space with two and three copies of the same song file... times however many songs you do it with.

     

    What you should do is move your Music files to Mac HD/Users/Shared. Create a Music folder there, and then move the music files to it. Point your Library to THAT FOLDER. Everyone can access it, and then each account can set up an individual library using ONE copy of each song as opposed to two or more.

  • 2. Re: How do you transfer songs to second iTunes user account; same computer
    Name Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sounds like a good plan. What folder/files do I move...the entire 'iTunes Media' folder?  ...and how do I point to it...through the advanced preferenced feature?

  • 3. Re: How do you transfer songs to second iTunes user account; same computer
    C F McBlob Level 4 Level 4 (2,865 points)

    Name wrote:

     

    Sounds like a good plan. What folder/files do I move...the entire 'iTunes Media' folder?  ...and how do I point to it...through the advanced preferenced feature?

    It would be the folder you have selected as your Library folder. Usually Mac HD/Users/[User]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media

     

    See below:

    iTunesScreenSnapz001.jpg

    Select Mac HD/Users/Shared/Music - CREATE IT if need be

    iTunesScreenSnapz002.jpg

    Move your iTunes folder to the new Music folder. You'll probably have to "re import" the Library in iTunes. (Clear the old library first)

    But ionce it;s in the Shared Music folder, EVERY account on the comp can access those files for their own library (whichever songs THEY want) and you onle need ONE copy of everything.

    Each user can only access or modify THEIR OWN library while logged on so it prevents someone erasing another's library, because the iTunes Library file is in a locked folder when others are logged in.

  • 4. Re: How do you transfer songs to second iTunes user account; same computer
    Name Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay. I've moved the Music folder into the Shared folder. Both accounts now can access it. However, I'm not sure how to set this up so that each account can only modify their own library. As it stand now, if one account adds or deletes a song, that change is reflected in the other account as well.