Transferring iTunes library and keeping play counts

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by redsox5992, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2007
    I am getting a new mac and I am wondering if there is any simple way to transfer my (18+ GB) music library to my new computer w/o losing all of my play counts
  2. macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I believe just copying the iTunes folder completely and putting it where the default iTunes folder is on you're new mac will do this
  3. macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Assuming you keep your music organized in your iTunes folder, just copy your full iTunes folder form one machine to the other, and you should be all set. The counts are in the library files with the music...
  4. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    As long as you go Mac to Mac or Windows to Windows you can keep the play count (and all meta data). If you go from Windows to Mac you will lose play count and last play data metadata.
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2008
    everytime i transfer music to ipod, i have hard time.
    i couldnt drag the musics to the my ipod icon. can you explain how to transfer musics? and if there is a same song, it will be transferred again ?
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    NJ, USA
    I just performed this operation two days ago with an incredibly good degree of success. I followed the instructions on this website ( and I was able to transfer all my music with an external hard drive without losing ANY tags at all. When I reopened iTunes on my new computer it was as if I had been using thie computer for years. I found that all my playlists had been retained and when I plugged in my iPod it recognized the music library as if it were on my old computer. It didn't have to change any files on the iPod.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Would this work using an ethernet cable too?Or preferably using dvd's from an iTunes back up.
  8. macrumors regular

    May 30, 2009
    Similar question


    I used to sync my iPad and iPhone to my MBP, which I have a relatively recent time machine backup of. Since then I sold my MBP to replace it with iMac 2011 model.

    Is there some way I could sync my iPad and iPhone with the new iMac without re-installing everything on my iPad/iPhone. :eek: You know when you connect the iPhone which is synced to another computer you get an iTunes warning that it format and reset and reinstall and does the user want to continue, even though the iTunes is logged in with the same iTunes account as earlier. :mad:

    I intend to set up my new iMac fresh so I will not be migrating from Time Machine backup (My hope is to copy and move selective files from within time machine onto the iMac to get some settings back that would make iTunes think that iPad and iPhone were synced to the iMac) :cool:

    Any help would be appreciated.:eek:
  9. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I just did this very thing with the Apple Migration tool.

    Worked wonders.. Transferred all the songs/data/movies/etc

    Actually worked as intended :p

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