how to transfer itunes library to a new computer

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  1. dug76 macrumors newbie

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    Long time reader, first post. What is the easiest way to transfer my itunes library from my old ibook to my new powerbook? I do have an ethernet cable but I'm note how to proceed with setting up a network to transfer the files. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. GovornorPhatt macrumors regular

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    After you get the network setup, just copy the contents of the music folder in the user's home folder to that folder on the new machine. Your iTunes is there, playlists and all.
     
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  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    You could use target disk mode, a crossover cable,a hub, or IP over firewire. Search any of these topics for more information.
     
  5. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Step 1: iBook off, Powerbook on with iTunes off
    Step 2: connect iBook and Powerbook via Firewire cable
    Step 3: start iBook while holding the "t" key (this will mount the iBook drive on the Powerbook as a firewire drive)
    Step 4: navigate to the Music folder on the iBook.
    Step 5: Within that folder there is a folder named "iTunes". Copy this folder into the Music folder that resides in the Home folder of your Powerbook.

    note: this will erase any music you have on your Powerbook and replace it with that of the iBook.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
     
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  7. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Nobody mentioned what to do if some of the iTunes were purchased from the iTunes Music Store. If the old computer is to be sold/junked, don't you have to deauthorize the old computer and authorize the new computer?
     
  8. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, deathorize for sure. If you reformat w/o de-authorizing, that's 1 computer down on your count of computers that can play your tunes. (I'm pretty sure at least).
     
  9. ijimk macrumors 6502a

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    Just burn cds or dvds if you can. I did it pretty easy for me. :)
     
  10. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Use SyncOTunes. It works great for something pre-1.0 and even will respect DRM files. Conect the two computers via ethernet to make it go faster, or Airport takes a while. I think the current version is .94, but I heard that .95 should be out soon. Go for it!
     
  11. andysmith macrumors 6502

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    I think you can contact apple though to get old computers of the list.
     
  12. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Oh ok, I'll have to do that. I reformatted a PB w/o deauthorizing so now it's just taking up one of the spots. Thanks!
     
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