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wazawak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently upgraded from an old Windows XP laptop to a new Windows 7 laptop, which comes with a new username and a new file structure. When I tried to migrate my iTunes library over, the library pointed at the old obsolete file structure, so iTunes was not able to recognize any of the music in my library. Is there any way to get iTunes to match on the old songs in their new homes?

ASUS G60JX, Windows 7
  • 1. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    Just copy the entire /My Documents/ My Music/iTunes/ folder to /Music/ folder on the new computer.
    Then launch iTunes normally.
    That is all you need to do. You don't need to import anything.
  • 2. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Bud Cook Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    I just ordered a new Mac Pro to replace my Windows PC. Can I use this approach to move the iTunes library to the new Mac?
  • 3. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    Yes.
    After you copy the iTunes folder to the Mac, rename the *iTunes library.itl* file to *iTunes library*.
  • 4. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Bud Cook Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Thanks Chris.
  • 5. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    wazawak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That was the first thing I tried. My music is not saved to the iTunes folder, it's saved to a different folder in a different location called "msf".

    iTunes is looking for my music here (copied directly from right click -> get info): file://localhost/C:/Documents and Settings/Chao/My Documents/msf/

    My music is saved here: C:\Users\the_streets\Documents\msf

    If we could just correct the first couple lines in all my 2779 files, we'd be golden.
  • 6. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    If we could just correct the first couple lines in all my 2779 files, we'd be golden.

    Simple.
    Quit iTunes.
    Go to /Music/iTunes. and copy the file *iTunes library.xml* to the desktop.
    Open the *iTunes library.xml* with a text editor.
    Find
    *C:/Documents and Settings/Chao/My Documents/*
    and replace with
    C:/Users/the_streets/Documents/
    Save it to the desktop.
    Open iTunes.
    File > Library > Import playlist and select the edited iTunes library.xml on the desktop.
  • 7. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    wazawak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I get an error that say "The file 'iTunes Music Library' cannot be imported. An unknown error occurred (-50)."

    Maybe this has something to do with administrator settings? I've had some issues with those since moving to Windows 7. If you know how I can loosen msoft's security a little, maybe we can have some better results that way.
  • 8. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    Make sure you are importing *_iTunes library.xml_* and not iTunes library.itl.
  • 9. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    wazawak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just confirmed it- I am definitely importing the xml file.
  • 10. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    Did you open it and edit it with a _*text editor*_ (not a word processing application) and did you save it as a _*plain text*_ file?

    The saved filename should be *iTunes library.xml*. It should not have .doc or anything else at the end of it.
    That's why I said to use a text editor.
  • 11. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Domar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a related question. I have reformated my computer a few times and each time I reinstalled my iTunes library it counted this as a transfer to a new computer. Now I'm at the end of the allowed transfer times for some songs but the newest songs have never been "transferred". So what will happen if I reformat my computer once again: will the whole library refuse to be transferred or just the songs which have reached the limit?
  • 12. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    It's not related at all but...
    each time I reinstalled my iTunes library it counted this as a transfer to a new computer

    If you format/reinstall the OS before you deauthorize the ocmputer, it will be counted as a new install.
    You need to iTunes menu Store > Deauthorize BEFORE you format/reinstall the OS.

    You need to Deuauthorize all. See this -> About iTunes Store authorization and deauthorization
  • 13. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Domar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I thought my question was related in the general sense that this thread was about moving the iTunes library and my issue was also about moving the library (from a backup HD to a newly formatted computer).

    Anyway, thanks for your reply, Chris. Much appreciated.
  • 14. Re: Importing iTunes Library
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,875 points)
    my issue was also about moving the library (from a backup HD to a newly formatted computer

    Start a new thread and we'll go from there.
    Should be pretty simple.
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