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Question: moving Itunes library

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1. Currently a very large Itunes library and Itunes program are all located on Drive L of a PC, I now have a laptop which could be used instead.

Is there an easy way to transfer the Itunes from Drive L to Drive C of the laptop?

2. What is the best way to merge 2 separate Itune libraries on 2 machines so the final file can be put on a NAS drtive.

3. The other way I could approach this is to merge the existing libraries onto the Laptop if that is easier than transffering, the material from Drive L by itself

iPod touch, Windows 10

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Mar 12, 2018 8:16 AM in response to prh108 In response to prh108

Moving libraries is easy:

Apple's 6 pages of exhaustively meticulous step-by-step instructions: How to move your iTunes library to a new computer - https://support.apple.com/HT204318 Use this if you suspect any of your media are not in the standard location (iTunes Media folder).

My one-sentence summary if you always use iTunes' default preferences settings: Copy the entire iTunes folder (and in doing so all its sub-folders and files) intact to the other drive, hold down the option/alt key (shift on Windows) while starting iTunes, and when requested to select a library select the iTunes Library.itl file in the copied folder (Open a different iTunes Library file or create a new one - https://support.apple.com/HT201596).

When this is to a new drive/computer put the copied iTunes folder in the default location of Macintosh HD > Users > *User Name* > Music (or Home > Music) then you don't even need to start with the option key held down, iTunes will automatically look for it there. (Make sure there isn't anything already in the iTunes folder there that you want to keep since you will be replacing it with the one you are moving.) Remember to authorize the computer in iTunes to your Apple ID if you use this to sync to Apple mobile devices or play DRM protected media (e.g., movies).

Merging libraries is not easy. Basically you have to add media from one to the other, then spend a day or weekend or week sorting duplicates (unless you can do this prior to adding).

I don't know about Windows machines but using a NAS with iTunes on a Mac is inadvisable. NAS and iTunes behave erratically and can lead to strange errors that are not readily explained or solved.

Mar 12, 2018 8:16 AM

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Mar 12, 2018 1:48 PM in response to prh108 In response to prh108

See also this recent post: Re: Merge iTunes. And Make a split library portable. Like Limnos I would caution against using NAS as the primary location for your iTunes library, although it could be suitable for a backup.


Mar 12, 2018 1:48 PM

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Mar 14, 2018 4:00 AM in response to turingtest2 In response to turingtest2


The plan is not to use the NAS as a primary source but as a back up/source for a bose sound system, with ideally the 2 separate libraries being merged on the NAS drive, or do a merged library on the spare laptop and then copy that to the NAS.

As far as i can see little or nothing of the largest library is filed on the SSD Drive C

Mar 14, 2018 4:00 AM

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Mar 14, 2018 4:47 AM in response to prh108 In response to prh108

You should have all the tools you need for the task in those two links. Make sure that the largest library is in a portable shape. Import the XML file from the other library, consolidate, dedupe, move or copy the library to wherever you want it to be.


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