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SweetJess
May 15, 2006, 11:03 AM
Howdy everyone. I need help "burning" my iTunes music onto a flash drive. I am selling my mac mini and getting an iMac and don't want to waste $$$$ worth of music that I've purchased. Would love any help at all. Thank you in advance. :confused:



reh
May 15, 2006, 11:29 AM
By default, iTunes keeps all of it's files in ~/Music/iTunes (the ~ denotes your user's home folder). Just drag that folder to your flash drive (assuming it will fit).

jeremy.king
May 15, 2006, 11:30 AM
Assuming you haven't changed the location of your music, you should be able to get away with simply copying the Music folder from your home directory onto your flash drive...

SweetJess
May 15, 2006, 11:39 AM
By default, iTunes keeps all of it's files in ~/Music/iTunes (the ~ denotes your user's home folder). Just drag that folder to your flash drive (assuming it will fit).
::::::: Sounds easy enough... Another question since size was mentioned... I have a 1GB flash drive and 3GB music... Is it easy to split it up? Also, is it this easy to import from flash drive to new iMac?

reh
May 15, 2006, 11:42 AM
::::::: Sounds easy enough... Another question since size was mentioned... I have a 1GB flash drive and 3GB music... Is it easy to split it up? Also, is it this easy to import from flash drive to new iMac?
Just keep track of what you've dragged over each time. Provided you put all the files back in the same place on the new Mac, you won't have to do any importing. iTunes will start up just like on your old Mac with all your music and playlists. It's important that you copy all files in that Music folder and reassemble them in the same place on the new Mac though.

backupdrummer
May 15, 2006, 11:46 AM
I assume you are selling the mini before you get the iMac. If not then all you need to do is use the "Mac moving" software and your new iMac will boot up exactly like the mini.

jeremy.king
May 15, 2006, 11:46 AM
I assume you are selling the mini before you get the iMac. If not then all you need to do is use the "Mac moving" software and your new iMac will boot up exactly like the mini.

That would be called the Migration Assistant ;) :)

Seriously SweetJess, you may want to consider acquiring a DVD burner or external HDD to back this all up...

SweetJess
May 15, 2006, 11:53 AM
Just keep track of what you've dragged over each time. Provided you put all the files back in the same place on the new Mac, you won't have to do any importing. iTunes will start up just like on your old Mac with all your music and playlists. It's important that you copy all files in that Music folder and reassemble them in the same place on the new Mac though.

:::::::::: Many many thanks for the advise. Us newbies really really appreciate the pros like you. ~Jess

SweetJess
May 15, 2006, 11:54 AM
I assume you are selling the mini before you get the iMac. If not then all you need to do is use the "Mac moving" software and your new iMac will boot up exactly like the mini.

:::::::::: Many many thanks for the advise. As I said to "reh", us newbies really really appreciate the pros like you. ~Jess

SweetJess
May 15, 2006, 11:55 AM
That would be called the Migration Assistant ;) :)

Seriously SweetJess, you may want to consider acquiring a DVD burner or external HDD to back this all up...

:::::::::: Many many thanks for the advise. As I said to "reh" and "backupdrummer", us newbies really really appreciate the pros like you. ~Jess

funkychunkz
May 15, 2006, 02:08 PM
WAIT A SEC!!!

You need to copy your shared foldr aswell, this contains information (invisible) needed to access songs bought thru itunes!

reh
May 15, 2006, 02:11 PM
WAIT A SEC!!!

You need to copy your shared foldr aswell, this contains information (invisible) needed to access songs bought thru itunes!
It's probably not vital. I've deleted that folder a few times.

jeremy.king
May 15, 2006, 02:16 PM
WAIT A SEC!!!

You need to copy your shared foldr aswell, this contains information (invisible) needed to access songs bought thru itunes!

Not vital...As you can always authorize again.

But what is vital:

DEAUTHORIZE iTunes (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93014) before you ship a sold computer!

funkychunkz
May 15, 2006, 06:20 PM
Not vital...As you can always authorize again.

But what is vital:

DEAUTHORIZE iTunes (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93014) before you ship a sold computer!

Oh, Ok.
I've always wondered what would happen if you deleted that file. I always thought that it would lock you out itunes (or something crazy) if you tried to re-authorize multiple times. :rolleyes:

So much for third hand info.....appearantly it said to do this in macaddict