Yep, it was already set. And when I went into preferences to set it AGAIN, nothing happened. iTunes just won't read this old music folder.
By the way, ths has happened on 3 other computers I tried it on also.
There seems to be no way to transfer the iTunes Music Library & all the playlists from one computer to another.
I am having a similar problem... sort of. I've transferred my iTunes library to a firewire drive for use with my powerbook on a long road trip. I've changed the location in iTunes preferences, but it does not show me any of my music, only the one song that lives on my powerbook. Any thoughts?
that is very strange
I have done the same thing of moving my iTunes folder to a 60G 2.5" bus powered firewire drive and went into iTunes ->Advanced->Change and selected the folder on the firewire drive and everything works fine
are you using the same cable on the PB and the Desktop machine?
does the firewire drive mount on the PB?
are you using the same version OS?
Yes... same cable; tried both firewire and USB
Yes... the firewire drive mounts on my PB
Yes... using Tiger on both machines
Seems I'm out of luck. I've just packed up my PowerMac and I'm about to pack up my AirPort and modem. Hopefully I'll get this worked out on the road--MD to AZ--I should have plenty of time in cheap motels to mess with it. I'll check this board whenever I can get Internet access.
Thanks for the help... any other thoughts are still welcome.
Scott, as this was now a while ago, did you have any luck with solving the problem? I'm now in the same boat, having used set up assistant to transfer my files over with a firewire cable from my old mac to my new iBook. I haven't tried dragging songs into the library the way you have, just cos I'm scared to lose my playlists and comments etc for each song!
If you found a solution I'd LOVE to know about it.
I finally found the answer, but this is not documented anywhere, including Apple's website. The key lies in preparing your music on the old computer FIRST before making the switch to the new computer. Here's the steps:
1. Export your current library on the old machine. File > Export Library. This saves all the playlists, ratings, etc. as an XML file.
2. Move this file over to the new computer, along with your iTunes Music Folder.
3. Launch iTunes on the new computer. (You will now have an empty library and no play lists.)
4. Go to the Advanced tab in iTunes Preferences and choose the new location for your music folder. Also check "Copy music to iTunes Music folder when adding to library."
5. Go to File > Open, and select your old music file (iTunes Library). This will import all of the new music into your new music file and into your library.
6. Choose File > Import. Select the library XML file you Exported in step 1. This will restore your play lists, ratings, etc. (Note: If any of the songs in your old music folder are not in your current music folder, they will not show up in the play lists.
Hope this helps,
I haven't done this yet, as I just need a couple of clarifications... but if this works Scott, you'll be my favourite person!
I was just wondering which file you meant exactly in step 5; is this a data file or xml file? Is this the one on the new computer or from the old one?
Also, I do actually now have all the music in my library, but without playlists, star ratings etc., so will these steps work just as well, or should I do things slightly differently so that I can just do the work with the data and xml files, rather than transferring all my music again?
Thanks again Scott
You know, I'm not really sure what I meant in step #5... that seems to be a typo on my end, but I'm not sure what I meant. I'm not near my normal computer to test it out right at this moment.
To answeryour 2nd question, yes I believe you can just do the XML thing without re-transferring all of your music again.
I'm not really the expert on this... I'm sort of reiterating what somebody ELSE told me. Apple should REALLY post this information in a knowledge base article somewhere. I'll write Apple about it.
Actually, there have been some excellent posts by Sara.M. on this. She has an excellent solution to this here.
Victoria Herring, "Can I safely move .xml file [old] to new??", 08:34pm Nov 7, 2005 CDT
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Very useful info. Big thanks to Sara.M.!!!
Hope this helps!
Great explanation, Scott.
I haven't had the same problems transferring, but I've been using newer versions of iTunes.
One note about step 5 - do you mean File->Add to Library right? There is no Open option under the File menu. And when you say "Select your old music file (iTunes LIbrary), I think you mean select your old music fileS (ie choose the iTunes Music folder) - or am I confused?