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d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 06:36 PM
can i just plug in my iPod and have all my songs download to iTunes, or will it update my iPod with the new [blank] library on my new mac, therefore erasing all the songs on my iPod?

anyone know ways to get the songs to the new computer without having to redownload everything? Keep in mind i have around 2,000 songs so i would really hate to redo it all.

any ideas or help are greatly appreciated :D



yellow
Jun 29, 2006, 06:40 PM
I'm sorry.. did you Google for this info?

It must have been asked by a billion people a billion times, making the chances of finding the answer pretty high.

Or hey?

Checking the Apple Support website? Question is covered there too!

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300173

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 06:58 PM
the problem here is that i dont have my ipod, and wont for probly 2 more weeks. it is at best buy getting fixed, and i am trying to get it all off my old pc asap b/c i sold it.

i saw a way to do it when i did the apple-? and searched for it in help, but i still wasnt exactly sure how to do it.

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 07:23 PM
i tried using iDisk... but it would only let me load 1 song at a time to the library. and it took about 2 mins for it to upload. i dont wanna sit here and upload, then download 2,000 songs one by one.

is there a way to upload multiple files or folders to iDisk instead of having to do each file individually?

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 07:26 PM
Nah, don't use iDisk for this. Maybe try setting up a network (http://guides.macrumors.com/Networking_Windows_with_Mac_OS_X) between the two machines. :)

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 07:32 PM
that seems really complicated. i read the whole thing but i am sort of confused, not sure if i will do it right.

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 07:34 PM
It's not nearly as complicated as it looks, a lot of the steps will end up being redundant. :)

balamw
Jun 29, 2006, 08:02 PM
Another way to do it is to use an external HDD enclosure, remove the HDD from the PC and connect it to the Mac. Find the folder with your music on the external drive. drag over to the Mac.

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d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 08:39 PM
i tried doing the network thingy. i set everything up the way it said to.. but i could not set up the network. i just got lost. i guess ill end up doing 1 song at a time or wait for my ipod to come back from best buy.

can someone specify an easy way to connect the computers, or should i just wait?

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 08:40 PM
Well, how far did you get? Where did you get lost? Do you have a router? :)

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 08:52 PM
this 1st part was not working for me.

Before you Begin...

Since Panther, Mac OS X comes with a pretty sophisticated network discovery tool that allows other computers and printers to become accessible with virtually no configuration whatsoever, particularly in an existing home or office environment where shares and printers have already been set up. Before following the rest of this guide, which may be quite technical for the novice, see if it's even necessary.


Remote Computers
In the Finder, click on the Network icon in the upper left of a finder window
Wait a few moments.
You should see Workgroups or Computers begin to appear.
Click on one of these, and it should ask for a username and password.
If successful, the remote computer's share will be visible as a mounted volume

the workgroups folder never appeared.

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however i did do all of this...

System Configuration

It is important that the account you log in with on your XP system has a password set, if it does not you will not be able to login to your Windows share from OS X.

You need to put your Mac in the same workgroup as your Windows PC. To do this open “Directory Access” (Applications > Utilities > Directory Access). Click on the padlock in the bottom left corner to make changes; you will be prompted for your password. If “SMB” is not ticked off, then tick it off. Select “SMB” and hit the “Configure…” button. Now enter the name of your Windows workgroup. In my case the name is “AD”.

Setting up the PC to share files

You need to create and share a folder on your PC that you will then access from your Mac. To do this create a folder (or select and existing one) right click on it from Windows Explorer and select “Properties”. Select the “Sharing” tab and share out the folder. I’d recommend you use a one word name for the share. For example “mac”, not “Apple Mac Share”, it just narrows the risk of complications.

Setting up the Mac to share files

Open “System Preferences” (Applications > System Preferences). Go to “Sharing” under “Internet & Network”, and tick off “Windows Sharing”, and if it doesn’t start by itself, click “Start”. This will share out your entire home folder.


so after that i tried connecting the two comps...

Accessing your PC from your Mac

To mount a Windows share on your Mac, click on your desktop so that Finder is the active application, from the Finder menu go to “Go > Connect to Server”. In the “Server Address” field enter “smb://192.168.1.3/mac”, replacing the IP address with the IP address of your PC, and “mac” with the name of the Windows share you created earlier.

i got the ip address of the pc and had the correct folder name. wouldnt connect. i'm stumped

ps - yes i have a router

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 08:55 PM
Try Connect To Server without the folder name. :)

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 09:01 PM
does it make a difference that the "workgroups" folder under network in the finder never showed up? does that have any affect on this process?

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 09:02 PM
Nah. Sometimes Finder takes a while to work out what's going on.

When it didn't connect before, did it give a warning?

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 09:03 PM
also, when i tried to create a network, it asked me for a disk or a flash drive or something to put the networkon to get it onto my mac. i do not have access to either right now, do i need to do that? i am not really sure if i have to get this network thing setup before i can access the pc from my mac. any idea?

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 09:04 PM
Nah. Sometimes Finder takes a while to work out what's going on.

When it didn't connect before, did it give a warning?

no, just said unable to connect

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 09:08 PM
You shouldn't need a disc. I'm pretty sure that's just if you want to transfer the network settings to a new machine.

Is it still not connecting, even taking out the folder name? Do you have a firewall that might be blocking this?

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 09:09 PM
im gonna try it all again in a minute. do you have a .mac screen name to where i can IM you? and i really do appreciate all your help btw

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 09:11 PM
Sorry, never really got into IM. :o

If the machines are plugged into the same router and both have been set up to share files then putting in smb://IPADDRESS or smb://NAMEOFPC really should work. Tell us how it goes. :)

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 09:12 PM
alroght im gonna retry it.. just keep an eye out on this thread for about 5-6 mins and ill post back my results. :crosses fingers:

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 09:28 PM
success!! got it to work. thanks for all the help. now i just gotta wait 2 hours (and counting) for the files to transfer. thanks again!

mad jew
Jun 29, 2006, 09:29 PM
No worries. I'm glad it's all working for you. :cool:

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 10:08 PM
only question i have left...

all my music were in indiv folders with band names as the folder name. they are entering my itunes library folder in a very unorganized and cluttered manner. is there any way to arrange the folders all in alphabetical order without having to change the view options? (i want to view the folders)

d wade
Jun 29, 2006, 10:34 PM
also, i should probly undo all the share settings when this is done to protect my computers, right?

mad jew
Jun 30, 2006, 01:53 AM
all my music were in indiv folders with band names as the folder name. they are entering my itunes library folder in a very unorganized and cluttered manner. is there any way to arrange the folders all in alphabetical order without having to change the view options? (i want to view the folders)


Don't move or rename any of the files within the iTunes folder because you'll start getting corruptions in the library which'll mean iTunes will lose where the song is located and therefore lose the ability to play it (unless you manually refind it). If iTunes is set to automatically manage your song files then they should be categorised by Artist and then subcategorised by Album in Finder (or Explorer). I'm not sure of a way to change this though.


also, i should probly undo all the share settings when this is done to protect my computers, right?


Probably not necessary (I don't bother) but feel free to if you'd like. You might want to transfer some other data while you've got the network set up. :)

d wade
Jun 30, 2006, 02:46 AM
i figured it out. i just had to go up to the top.. view > arrange by name.

thats exactly what i was looking for, just wasnt used to the fact that i have to start using the toolbar at the very top of the screen of the open application. i'm sure ill get used to it the more i play around. (dont forget, im still raw with the mac. just got it less than 5 days ago)