5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 4:07 PM by pwdnt767
S_from_ND Level 1 (0 points)

Hi all.

I just purchased a new iMac. I'm in the process of moving the files from the old iMac to the new one via a Firewire.

My question is how do I transfer my Playlists in iTunes?

Please help.

Thank you in advance!!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    Why not simply use Migration Assistant (in Applications /Utilities folder) to migrate all your data?

    -> How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac


  • S_from_ND Level 1 (0 points)

    Migration Assistant on my old iMac isn't updated enough... it's on Snow Leopard & the new one is running Lion or Mt. Lion.


  • Limnos Level 8 (47,225 points)

    You run MA on the new Mac.


    How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac


    If you really want to just move iTunes:


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


    Quick answer if you use iTunes' default preferences settings:  Copy the entire iTunes folder (and in doing so all its subfolders and files) intact to the other drive.  Open iTunes and immediately hold down the Option (alt) key (shift on Windows), then guide it to the new location of the library.

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    You run Migration Assistant on the new computer. The old computer does not need migration Assistant.

    Use the Migrating using FireWire or ThunderBolt link on that page.

    & the new one is running Lion or Mt. Lion.

    If it's new, it's (should be) running Mountain Lion (10.8). Go to Apple menu > About This Mac.

  • pwdnt767 Level 1 (0 points)

    if after transferring music from one computer to another or after re-downloading purchases to a new computer playlists may not be saved. there is a simple way to re import playlists to the new computer or the computer with out playlists (Note: this does not import songs only the organization of the songs in the playlist)

    1. plug the device that has the playlists into the computer
    2. on the side bar click the arrow to the left of the device
    3. highlight the playlist you want to export to the computer and right click if on windows control+click if on a mac select export playlist
    4. save as (playlist name).xml save to easy to access location such as the desktop or documents folder
    5. in itunes select library from the menu bar and import playlist
    6. import playlist file that was just exported to the computer
    7. after importing your playlists will be as they were on the device