I need some help merging 2 iTunes libraries. I have a large iTunes library on a WD 2TB external hard drive from a older computer in which iTunes would play items off the external HD and no iTunes item save on the internal HD. The library consists of music, movies, shows, books, apps, etc. I just recently bought a used 1st gen MacBook Air and without thinking transferred purchases from my iPhone and started syncing with the Air before I thought about the older library on the external HD. Now I have a new, small library on the Air's internal HD and the older, larger library on the external drive. What I'd like to do is merge the smaller into the larger one and keep the library on the external HD and iTunes read everything from the external HD.
With merging the 2 libraries, will it transfer my iPhone stuff as well? (backups, apps, info, etc.) Also, now that my iPhone is synced my Air and no longer synced through my older library, will I have to re-sync it again when the 2 are merged or will it automatically recognize it as already synced to newly merged library?
Currently running OS 10.6.8 and iTunes 10.5.2.
Sorry if anything is confusing. If you're confused on something, I'll try my best to clarify it.
Thanks in advance. ;)
Nevermind. I got it all straightened out. :)
My sure to backup anything before starting just in case something goes wrong.
[b]Also, please note that this involved 1 computer and 1 external HD.[/b]
This is what I did:
1. Option+Click iTunes > Choose Library.. > Chose the one on my Air (the smaller one I'm wanting to merge with the larger one.)
My library was here: /Users/itj84/Music/iTunes.
Your's may vary depending which library you're wanting to combine.
2. File > Library > Export.
I renamed the .xml file to Air_Library.xml and saved it to my desktop. Rename the exported file(s) so you know which is which if you're merging multiple libraries.
3. Close iTunes > Option+Click iTunes > Choose Library.. In this step I chose the library on my external HD, so iTunes would open up my larger library I'm wanting to add to.
My path for the external HD happened to be /Volumes/My_Book/iTunes. Your path will vary.
4. File > Library > Import Playlist. I navigated to my desktop to pick the .xml I created in Step 2. iTunes imported all the music, movies, shows, books, etc. and kept the metadata intact.
Now I have just one large iTunes library saved on my external HD which iTunes will read from without taking up valuable space on my Air's HD. :)
One thing I do want to point out is that my apps DID NOT transfer over. I had to manually move them to the newly combine library, so be careful if your doing this, so you aren't overwriting apps with any older versions.
Everything works perfectly for me, so if your's does work, I'm not responsible. These are just the steps I took that worked in my particular case.