4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2011 6:42 AM by Lord Denning
Lord Denning Level 1 (0 points)
I would appreciate help with importing my iphone and itunes store data (purchased apps and podcasts) into a new itunes library please.

Background - about half my CD collection is kept in storage overseas. On a recent trip home I re-ripped those CDs in Apple Lossless into a new library: they were ripped using itunes 7 on a different mac to my home mac; my home mac uses itunes 10; the new library is on a different external HDD to the old library (also on an external HDD); prior to ripping the Lossless versions I created a new itunes library on the external HDD and ripped the CDs to that library. The old library on my home mac is comprised of AAC versions of those songs (and others that have been ripped since I moved overseas) together with my iphone data and itunes store podcasts. What I want to do is use the new Lossless library on my home mac (and re-rip the other half of my CD collection that I have with me).

I would prefer to not import the Lossless versions into the old library, because doing so will create duplicates.

At present I'm using both libraries: redirecting itunes to look at the relevant HDD as necessary.

How can I import my itunes store purchases and iphone data into the new library? I am not that fussed about the iphone data; I don't want to repurchase the itunes store purchases.


mac mini 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iphone 4
  • Mac on Andy Level 3 (825 points)
    I think your best way would be to do this the other way round. From your old itunes library delete all the music tracks in AAC That you have already ripped in Lossless in your new iTunes library. You are now lwft with an iTunes library that has all your iTunes content etc. That you wish to keep.

    Now simply import all the new lossless tracks that you have been ripping into the old library and you will have everything you need.

    Do not empty the trash ( which will have all your old AAC files) until you are happy with the transfer.
  • Lord Denning Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks - I'd considered that but was wary of doing it in case I got left with unintended legacy items in the old itunes library.

    Assuming I make a backup copy of the old library before proceeding, what's the best way of deleting the entire contents of the old library, including metadata before importing the Lossless files in? Are there any preference files (or whatever they are called) that need to be deleted as part of the process? What I want to avoid is duplicates or intermittent problems caused by the old metadata conflicting with the new files.
  • Ziatron Level 4 (3,830 points)
    On a recent trip home I re-ripped those CDs in Apple Lossless into a new library

    You might not want to do that.

  • Lord Denning Level 1 (0 points)
    Ziatron - that's a pointless contribution; what I'm after is assistance with itunes, not links to articles about speculative arguments to be made in proceedings in irrelevant jurisdictions. Are you able to assist with information on how best to delete my current itunes library please.