11 Replies Latest reply: May 12, 2006 7:02 PM by Nazario Ayala
Ben Mcintyre Level 1 Level 1
im getting a iMac intel core duo 17" very soon. I currently have my 1,750 song iTunes library on my PC. to move my library, should I connect the computers with a cable? then do the same thing as moving the library with an iPod? (except for the ipod part)

  • Guitar_Freak Level 1 Level 1
    Why not just use the iPod? I know that works but I don't know how you would go about connecting your computers to do that type of transfer.
  • TAV Level 3 Level 3
    If you have an iPod, enable it as a hard drive. Drag the song folder to the iPod, the upload the folder to your Mac and dump it into iTunes.
  • Ben Mcintyre Level 1 Level 1
    noo I dont have an iPod. im going to move the library without it.

    sorry for the confusion.
  • cjsiv Level 2 Level 2
    Just burn the itunes music folder where your music is to dvd. It should be big enough to hold that amount of songs (or as many dvd's as needed). insert into the imac and drag the file to itunes. Imac recognizes the files just like pc. You're done. (everything works better on a mac).
  • lucifuge777 Level 1 Level 1
    im in the same boat...how do i enable my ipod as a hard drive??? i dont want to buy my songs again
  • Eric Kracinski Level 6 Level 6
    Ben, you will have to move three things. First, go under "Start" -> "My Music." In there you will see a folder named "iTunes" and inside of that are two files - "iTunes Music Library" and "iTunes Library" - and one folder - "iTunes Music." That folder contains your songs and the two files contain your playlists, ratings, playcounts and other info about your music that is not essential, but may be nice to have.

    If you have a router and they are networked, you can drag and drop those into your iMac, replacing the ones that are already there. If they are not networked, break out some CDs and DVDs. One one, put the two files and how ever many songs you can fit. Just drag the data over and hit "burn" when the disk is about full.
  • natethegrate8824 Level 1 Level 1
    The easiest way would be to just use your iPod as a hard drive and copy all the music from one computer to the other. For instructions on how to do that just go here: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300173

    Hope this is helpful.

  • Eric Kracinski Level 6 Level 6
    Ben does not have an iPod, so that it not an option.
  • natethegrate8824 Level 1 Level 1
    Ben does not have an iPod, so that it not an option.

    Yes, but the other guy that wanted to know how to use the iPod as a hd might find the information useful.
  • lucifuge777 Level 1 Level 1
    yeah, im going to try it when i get home...thanks.
  • Nazario Ayala Level 1 Level 1
    Hey all,
    I haven't been on this section of the apple site for a while. I sadly took a job at a school where they use pcs.
    Anyway I thought I could help.

    I've transfer full music folders from two computers many times but never a library from a pc to a mac. Let me explain the difference.

    The folder that holds all your music only holds your music. IE on mac (osx) its ~/Music/iTunes Library/Music
    and on a pc (windows 2000 and newer) its in
    /Documents and Settings/user name/My Music/iTunes/Music

    The "Library" is the thing that keeps tracksof your albums. I belive this file is in XML format and should work the same on both a pc and mac.

    Anyway, this is how you transfer the whole thing from one machien to the other over a network.

    It is best if you wire them together. Proccess goes much faster.

    On the mac we must first turn it into a server that the pc can talk to

    When you are logged in as an administrator on the mac go to the apple menu > system prefernces
    click on sharing
    enable windows sharing. You may also need to enable an account to connect with. I recomend that you enable the user who gets the music. ( i can clerify this if requested nazario.a@gmail.com)

    Ok then on the PC
    go to the start menu > run
    type in your macs ip address or name
    it should look something like this \\
    then clock ok, wait a bit and eventualy it will ask for a username and a password. Use them name and pass for the user you enabled in the sharing control panel step

    then you will see a window with your users folder in it.open it and navigate to the Music folder.

    I hope that you havent loaded anymsuic on that user gets trickeier if you did and you may not be able to keep your albums. I can expalin this too in greater detail later.

    So you have one window that shows the content of your mac and ist user.

    Now we need to go get the documents out of the pc.
    Open the "My Documenst" fodlder on the desktop and open my msuic. within it you will find an iTunes folder just like the one on the mac. replace the one on the windows machine with the one on the mac and let it copy. Dont let either machine sleep or you might have to do it again.

    Anyway. I hope this helps. I see they now have added browny points to peoples posts. And I was just happy helping people switch.
    Anyway now to find a solution to my problem cheers