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How do you move an old itunes library from an imac to a newer macbook pro via an external hard drive? Some songs were purchased under a now defunct email and the songs are grayed out when i try to load playlists on my iphone.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, iOS 10.3.3, iphone 7

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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).

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Mar 15, 2018 3:58 PM in response to jillfromcarbondale In response to jillfromcarbondale

Drag-copy it to the desired location; by default, it’s in the Music folder of your home folder. If you intend to keep the library on the external drive, launch iTunes with the Option key held down and choose it.


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Mar 15, 2018 3:58 PM in response to jillfromcarbondale In response to jillfromcarbondale

Drag-copy it to the desired location; by default, it’s in the Music folder of your home folder. If you intend to keep the library on the external drive, launch iTunes with the Option key held down and choose it.


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Mar 15, 2018 3:58 PM in response to jillfromcarbondale In response to jillfromcarbondale

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).

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