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mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have my iTunes library on my iMac.  I am going on vacation and i want my music on my MacBook Air.  How do I get the library to my MacBook Air?

Thanks.


iTunes, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,115 points)

    iTunes: How to move [or copy] your music to a new computer [or another drive] - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527

     

    do not confuse moving your whole folder and library with moving just media files as in

     

    iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1449

     

    Quick answer if you let iTunes manage your music:  Copy the entire iTunes folder (and in doing so all its subfolders and files) intact to the other drive.  Start iTunes with the option key held down and guide it to the new location of the library.

  • mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Limnos:

    Thanks for the quick reply.  I do not see how either of the support links you refer to have anything to do with my question.  To reiterate although perhaps more clearly 8^), I have all my music on my iMac and I will be on a trip (i.e., not in the same house and my iMac will be shut down so home sharing is not an option).  I would like to carry my music with me on my MacBook Air.  How do I get it from the iMac to the MacBook Air?

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,115 points)

    Presumably you have no music on your MBA right now?

     

    Presumably you know how to somehow connect your MBA to your other computer for transferring files?  (I'm not being rude - I have seen a MBA from a distance of 10 feet so I have no idea about interfacing them.

     

    How much of your music was purchased from Apple?  You could just download it again on the MBA if it is all from Apple.

     

    If you want your playlists on the MBA or music you can't download from Apple, you will need to copy your iTunes library and that's what all my earlier post was about.  You could just copy a ton of music files in the media folder, but when you add them to iTunes on the MBA you won't have your playlists, ratings, playcount.  Maybe you don't really need those and just copying the media files will do.

     

    The first post and my quick answer tells you how to get the complete collection on the first computer over to the second one intact.  The second link is what a lot of people think they need to do but is actually the way not to do it.

  • mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Limnos:

    I do have an older copy of the music library from my iMac on the MacBook Air but it is way out of date.  For example, I had my seting on iTunes set improperly so I only had 128 kps files when I first put the music from the iMac onto the MacBook Air.  Now I have ALAC files for the music and I need to update the MacBook Air but I don't remember how I got them over to the MacBook Air in the first place.  It would seem that your "quick" answer would be to copy the iTunes folder (probably 75 GB) over to the MacBook Air.  How would I do that?  The two computers are inches from each other and I do have an 802.11n wireless network but I can't see one computer from the other...  and my biggest thumb drive is 4 GB...  

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,115 points)

    That's where I am lost.  That's more a MBA networking question.

  • mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Limnos:

    I've got the file sharing turned on so I can now see the iMac iTunes file on the MacBook Air.  Can't fugure out how to get it from the iMac to the MacBook Air however...  I assume copying the file would take place over the network (and probably take hours) but I can't figure out how to do it.  When I drag the iTunes folder out of the shared iMac folder it turns into an alias that has no content...

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,720 points)

    I've got the file sharing turned on so I can now see the iMac iTunes file on the MacBook Air.  Can't fugure out how to get it from the iMac to the MacBook Air however

    Simply drag the entire /Music/iTunes/ folder from the Finder window showing the iMac to the /Music/ folder on the MacBook.

  • mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Chris:

    How do I do that?  The Finder window on the MBA is open to the iMac shared files.  how do I open another Finder window?  When I click on the Finder, nothing happens...  When I drag the iTunes folder to the MBA desktop, it creates an empty alias...

    Mike

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,720 points)

    Go to the Finder icon in the dock then Command click (or two finger tap on the trackpad) Open new Finder window.

  • mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Chris:

    Got another Finder window open and dragged the iTunes file from the iMac to the MBA.  There is now a new iTunes folder in the MBA itunes folder that is an an alias.  When I click on the folder, I get an error message that says: 

     

    "The alias "iTunes" can't be opened because the original item can't be found."

     

    My options are to "Delete Alias," "Fix Alias" or "OK".  If i delete the alias, I'm back where I started.  When I click "OK," nothing happens but the error message goes away.  So I tried "Fix Alias."  The iTunes from the iMac showed up in the finder.  So I'm copying everything over to the MBA.  I hope this works. 

     

    Thanks for your help.

    Mike

  • mnilan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After hours of copying (all the files except mobile files and games, etc.), I click on a song in iTunes and get the following eror message:

     

    "The song _____________ could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?"

     

    Options are "Cancel" and "Locate."

     

    Locate goes back to the old version (128 kbps) file instead of the ALAC file I spent hours copying over...

     

    Any insight or advice?
    Thanks,
    Mike

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,115 points)

    In a previous post you mentioned it copying aliases. Aliases are pointers to files, not the files themselves, and won't work in this situation. On the other hand you then say it took hours to copy over the files which doesn't sound like aliases which are tiny by comparison to ALAC files

     

    When you open iTunes on the MBA does it look like the library from the other Mac?

     

    It would help at this point if you read up a bit on how iTunes works with library files and media files, and specific folder structure:

     

    What are the iTunes library files? - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660

     

    More on iTunes library files and what they do - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes#Media_management

     

    iTunes 9: Understanding iTunes Media Organization - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3847

     

    Image of iTunes folder structure Dec. 2011 - https://discussions.apple.com/message/16923545

    see also:

    Image of folder structure and explanation of different iTunes versions (turingtest2 post) - https://discussions.apple.com/message/13025536

  • mike sanders3 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Hi

    I've just been reading the above as I want to do something similar with the movies I have in iTunes, that is copy them to my MBA for taking on holiday. I have one question, you say can see the iMac from your MBA or vice versa but have you logged into the iMac as a registered user, only by doing this can you transfer/copy files directly from the hard drive of the iMac onto your MBA.

    To do this click on connect to server under GO in the finder menu then click browse and you should find the iMac, sign in as a registered user by entering the iMac's name and password, once you are in you can rummage away to your heart's content and copy anything.

    Hope this helps I use it a lot to move stuff to/from my wife's iMac to mine.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,720 points)

    Over 2 year old thread...

    mike sanders3 wrote:

     

    I have one question,

    and the question is?

    To do this click on connect to server under GO in the finder menu ...

    Not needed.

    Just use Home Sharing.

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