10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2005 12:52 PM by jnc
jros Level 1 (50 points)
My wife and I have separate user accounts on the same computer and I need to transfer her my music library so that she can import it to her new iPod. I don't want to buy again the same music neither go through the same work adding all our music CDs. Although we share must of the same taste of music, she wants to have some musics on her library that I don't want in mine. Therefore, we need separate libraries.
I know the feature where you can share music on the computer or network, but by using this sharing function you can not transfer to the other library.
So, how can I transfer a music library from one user to the other user so that it can be uploaded to the corresponding iPods?
  • Nick Holmes Level 7 (29,990 points)
    Put your library in the top level of your hard drive ( where the Applications, Library. System and Users folders are found). This way you don't need to duplicate songs that both of you like.

    Point iTunes to the new location in both user accounts. Go here: iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > General.

    Each user should make a playlist of music that they want on their iPod, and set their iPod preferences to only sync to that. Connect an iPod and go here, to set this up: iTunes > Preferences > iPod > Music then check "Only update selected playlists".
  • jros Level 1 (50 points)
    Hi Nick,

    First thank you for your reply. I understand based on your reply that there is no way to just copy the library to her account. Therefore, I will try this option. However, before I do that I want to make sure that I don't screw up my library. So, what is the best way to move my library and iTunes music folders? Should I just drag it or should I use some kind of importing to that location?
    Also, to make sure that I am moving the right folders, what are the exact name of the folders I should move?
    Inside my user (Macintosh HD > Users > myname > Music > iTunes >) there are several folders including the iTunes Library and the iTunes Music folder. Should I move these two folders to top level of my hard drive?
    Again, thanks for your help.
  • Nick Holmes Level 7 (29,990 points)
    You can copy the iTunes Library, but it will take up twice the space. (Once in your account and once in your wifes' account).

    Just move the iTunes Music Folder and leave the other files (iTunes library .xml and iTunes library) in the iTunes Folder in your user account.

    Point your iTunes prefs as above at the new location and click OK. You should see a message that the library is being updated.

    Your playlists will be retained, but you will have to make new ones for your wife.
  • jros Level 1 (50 points)
    Thank you very much Nick.
  • jnc Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same issue as the original post (only it's my son, not my wife). But, I don't understand what it means to move the itunes music folder to the top of my hard drive. If someone explain in greater detail how to do that, I would really appreciate it! Thank you in advance.
  • ‡Lleyton Igawa‡ Level 3 (585 points)
    What Nick means by moving the folder to the top of the HD is to move the music folder to the Macintosh HD folder. So, in the finder go to the music folder you want to move, then drag it to the icon (on the left hand side of the finder window) of a HD that says macintosh HD. All userrs of the computer can see the contents of this folder.
  • jnc Level 1 (0 points)
    After I posted my message, I tried to follow your instructions, Nick, and seem to have fouled things up most completely. Now, when I open iTunes, my library is completely empty. When I tried to direct it in preferences, advanced, it would not let me select the library that I had moved to the HD. When I tried to move it back and reset, it's still coming up empty. I can see that my library is still on my computer, but I can't figure out at all how to get it back. Please help!!!!
  • jnc Level 1 (0 points)
    I tired that -- previously I moved the library, not the whole music folder, but that's not helping me get my music back into iTunes. I can see it's there -- all of the music is there, but for some reason when I select it, iTunes still isn't seeing it. I'm beside myself with frustration!
  • Carl Slawinski Level 1 (55 points)
    Here is what worked for me.

    1. Copy the "iTunes Music" folder to one of the user's Public directory. The Public directory is in a user's Home Folder.
    2. In Finder, Right Click (or Control-Click) the "iTunes Music" folder and select Get Info
    3. At the bottom of the Get Info screen Expand the Ownership & Permissions section by clicking on the arrow. If the Details tab is collapsed then click on its arrow to expand the section.
    4. Make sure that the Others field is set to Read Only or Read & Write.
    5. Click on the Apply to enclosed items button at the bottom
    6. Start iTunes, go to Preferences, Select the Advanced Tab, click on Change and use finder to locate Macintosh HD:Users:(Name of User):Public:iTunes Music and click choose
    7. If your music isn't showing up in your library then pull down then File Menu and click on Add to Library (use Finder to navigate to the same directory and click Choose)
    8. Switch to the other user account and repeat steps 6 and 7

    Worked for me.
  • jnc Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you so, so, so much. It worked. I really appreciate your help so much as does my 9 year-old son! Happy Holidays!!