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How do I export complete itunes library (songs and all) to external HD

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I know I can backup my itunes library to dvds as I have done that but can I save a copy of it to a external HD like I did to a dvd. I want to export not just the playlist but my complete library with songs and all.
PC, Windows XP Pro
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
    Assuming you use the iTunes default settings where iTunes copied added items to your iTunes folder and organizes your library (meaning - everything is all self contained in the iTunes folder), then all you have to do is drag & drop your iTunes folder (not just the iTunes Music folder you find inside the iTunes folder) to the external drive and copy the entire thing.

    If you want to test that it worked or would like to actually start using it from that location instead, use these instructions when you start iTunes to point it to the new location...

    How to open an alternate iTunes Library file or create a new one
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=304447

    If you are just testing, then close iTunes after you verify it works, and restart iTunes again with the same instructions and point it back to your internal drive (original) location.

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
    Easiest way is to Select All on the main library window so everything is highlighted. Do a Copy (Control-C). Now open a spreadsheet application (Excel, Open Office, etc.) and go to the second box down (leave the first row to add headers). Do a Paste (Control V) and your entire library will be neatly pasted in all lined up in columns just like in iTunes.

    You can now easily delete the columns you do not want or sort your library in various ways. And you can also email the spreadsheet to someone (assuming they have a spreadsheet program that can open it).

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
    Most likely it is because you have some Elvis tracks or albums in the iTunes library that are tagged as "Compilations". Compilations are stored in a folder called, {gasp!} Compilations and inside that will be folders by album. You may find some Elvis albums tucked in there. So to fix, select the albums that have this issue in iTunes, do a Get Info on the entire bunch of tracks, then change "Part of Compilation" from Yes, to No. Assuming you let iTunes organize everything, when you OK out of there, iTunes will move them to the proper folder location.

    Compilation tags are really meant to tag albums of songs by different artists, not a collection of songs by a single artists like Greatest Hits albums. The idea is that if you have, for example, a Soundtrack with ten songs by ten artists, tagging it as a compilation will keep them together both in the iTunes library window and in the folder system. If you sort your library by Album by Year, it will sort them by artist, put the albums in order of release and then at the bottom of your library, all the compilation albums will be listed in order of release and all those artists kept together with their album rather than spread all over your library.

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
    Glad I could help. Apple makes great products, great features, but gawd-awful documentation. So most of those great features become hidden features.

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
    Ok first thing to check is do you have your library set up in preferences to Keep Library Organized? Second, if you go into the "Compilations" folder, are the Elvis albums in there? If not, can you try to do a search for one of the songs in the Elvis folder and find out where it is being stored? You can actually do that in iTunes. Pick one of the songs, Get Info and the first tab summary page at the bottom is a "Where" field telling you were the actual media file is located.

    Sounds like you did it right. If you pick a bunch of songs that are a mix between Yes and No with respect to being Part of a Compilation, if you Get Info that mix, the default is to show No even if some are Yes. Selecting the check box next to No and hitting OK like you did would indeed set ALL of them to No.

    As I said, first thing to do is check that setting and then find out where it is iTunes is hiding those songs so we can figure out why and how to fix it.

    Patrick
    eMac 1.25GHz/1G/160GB/Superdrive  250/200/80 FW Ext Drives , Mac OS X (10.4.10),  Canon iP4200 printer  iLife v4  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods

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