Can I move my iTunes library to a new Mac?

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  1. ronobre macrumors newbie

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    Have had an iPod for a few months, working on an older Mac laptop. Just got a new mac, installed the iPod software, plugged it in and thought I would be able to update iTunes on the new Mac with the songs on my iPod. It doesn't seem possible, am I missing something?...or do I have to get a Firewire cable to move my iTunes library to new Mac?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    There are programs to get songs off iPods, but a firewire cable between the two computers is probably the easiest.
     
  3. 840quadra Moderator

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    Apple does not allow us ( the users ) to copy songs off of our ipods with iTunes or even with our Macintosh. Your best bet is to use a program like iPod2mac or an other 3rd party application to move songs off of your iPod.

    A link to the program on version Tracker.
    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21390

    Your other choice is to network the two systems together and copy your itunes library over in that way.
     
  4. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Apple does not make a way to get songs off of your iPod. They were forced to do this because of the record labels as an attempt to stem sharing.

    The best thing to do would be to use the iPod in disk mode and copy they entire iTunes folder onto it and then to the new computer. Next best is there are some free-ware apps that will pull the songs off of your iPod for you. Do a search and you should find them easily.
     
  5. ronobre thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all your suggestions

    This forum is always very helpful, thanks again for your help.

    Mike
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Welcome to MR

    & for best results on your next post, please use a descriptive thread title.
    This was the 953rd post entitled: have a question...
     
  7. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I've been wondering. Why was Apple the only company forced to do this?
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Indeed, and for your viewing pleasure, I changed the title. :)

    (It's tougher to care about vaguely-titled threads, isn't it?)
     
  9. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    i think it has something to do with the fact that they're the only company that makes the media players, the software with which to use them and get music, the computers to use them on, and an operating system that combines both the computer and the media player/software.
     
  10. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    You can indeed use an iPod to transfer your music or use a Firewire cable (to network the two Macs or use the old one in target mode) and move the files yourself or, even easier, use Migration Assistant to move your iTunes library along with everything else.
     
  11. RoadKill macrumors member

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    No so my friend. Back in my pc days (side-show bob style shudder)I used to have a Diamond Rio PM300 MP3 player long before apple entered the fray and crushed the competition with the all conquering iPod.

    They too had restrictions on downloading music from the device. Music lawyers scared them into restricting the established rights of law abiding citizens (in the UK it was/is legal to make a personal backup of media) so that the device was in effect a write only device.

    There was some l33t skillz from "The SnowBlind Alliance" which enabled downloading the files but as the device had a parallel interface and the device had hardware restricted download speed at 1/2 upload speed pulling the 32MB (upgradeable to 96MB via SD card) was painful to say the least.
     
  12. irock macrumors member

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    I think the new Macs ship with software that can migrate your old Mac files to the new one without hassles. Did you try to look into that?
     
  13. wattage macrumors 6502

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    it's called Migration Assistant....
     
  14. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    You can just copy the Itunes music folder and replace the one on your new mac, that way all playlists etc will be copied over, remember though to de-authorize your old computer if you have an itunes music account!
     
  15. illegalprelude macrumors 68000

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    yea, i was about to say. im looking to get a Mac Mini as just kinda my Media hub with pics and music and such and all i gotta do is copy paste my iTunes folder on a external hdd and then paste it on the Mac Mini or whatever mac correcto?
     
  16. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Cool, it does work, because I've done it in the past loads of time before! everything is kept including subscriptions to podcasts etc, however this would only work if you allow iTunes to sort your music out for you.
     
  17. illegalprelude macrumors 68000

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    ahh yea, I see what your saying. Thank god I let it do it. I hated it @ first but I honestly once spent a weekend and just organized my entire iTunes library so one cd wouldnt or genre or whatever wouldnt be in 10 different folders :D
     
  18. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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