10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2008 12:39 PM by Rick Wiesenborn
Sammck Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I've just received my new iMac. I have 80 GB of music on an external drive that worked fine with my previous Mac Mini. I have copied this into the music folder on my new mac. When I open itunes in the new mac, I can only see 47 GB of music. However if I go to 'get info' for the itunes music folder inside the music folder, I can see that there is 80 GB in this folder on the new iMac. How do I get all my music into itunes on the new iMac , or how do I see this in itunes ?

iMac 3.6 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB ram, 1 TB hard drive, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (267,545 points)
    Drag the remaining music into the open iTunes window. Placing it in the iTunes Music folder through the Finder doesn't update the iTunes database.

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  • Martin Cloake Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Similar problem. I've been running iTunes on a G4 mini with the music livbrary shifted to an external hard drive. I've just upgraded to an Intel Mini, and used Migration Assistant to switch stuff from the old Mac to the new. The external drive is still working and shows up. But I can only access any music when I log in to the new Mac as my old user profile (from the G4) rather than the new. I've followed the instructions for moving the music library from disc to disc, and it still doesn't work.
  • Rick Wiesenborn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Similar problem also. I have all my music backed up to am external hard drive from my old G3 and need to transfer it all to my new iMac. I can't use Migration assitant (doesn't work on G3) and can't use my back up program (silverkeeper) because it doesn't work on leopard (I will be using Time Machine once I get this figured out). I would like to know which files I need to drag from my external to my new iMac that will bring all my music, playlist's etc. to my new Imac.

    Thanks for all your help...

    Rick
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (267,545 points)
    Drag the folder iTunes from the Music folder of your home folder over.

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  • Martin Cloake Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    It does appear to be as simple as selecting all the tracks and physically dragging them to iTunes on the new drive.

    Trouble is, this doesn't bring across playlists or new purchases.
  • Rick Wiesenborn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    thanks for your response's neil and martin. i read in another post that the itunes window has to be open when dragging and dropping files, so should the itunes program be open when i move my itunes folder from the home folder on my back up, to the new location ??

    thanks again...

    Rick
  • Martin Cloake Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    As far as my experience goes, iTunes doesn't have to be running when you move the folder. But obviously it needs to be running when selecting the folder destination. And iTunes also had to be running when I physically dragged all the music from my old G4 iTunes location to the library hooked up to the Intel Mac. But that seems to have been a bit of an oddity and it still worries me.
  • Rick Wiesenborn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    thanks for your input martin, it is appreciated. time to say a prayer and hope it works, lol

    Rick
  • Sammck Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    found the answer, the music files are there but you need to copy the " itunes music library.xml" from the old itunes music folder to the new mac. if you do this everything is sorted out ok.
  • Rick Wiesenborn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    thanks for your advice sammck... think i am going to use ethernet to connect my computers and transfer that way...thanks for everybody's input..

    Rick