Windows Switcher needs iTunes help

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jmeche3, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. jmeche3 macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I just switched to Mac about a week ago. I have used os 9 in the past but this is my first time really getting involved in osx and I'm loving it. I have a bit of a problem though. On my windows machine, I have a 2800 song itunes library full of ratings and playlists. I have transferred all of my music over to the Mac and I have tried to transfer the library file, but apparently iTunes on the mac can find none of the songs. I really want to avoid re-adding those songs to the library from scratch because the majority of them I have already rated on my windows machine, and redirecting each individual file to the new file is downright impractical and would take a week. Can anyone aid me in this?

    thanks,
    John Meche
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    on your windows computer you should have an iTunes library data file and an .xml file, copy both of these over into your Music>iTunes folder on your mac

    i think thats what you said you tried to do, but thats the ONLY way i know to get this to work....
     
  3. mj_1903 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have an iPod? If so, grab iPodRip from my site below and use the Sync Meta Data tool. It is free for 10 uses so it shouldn't be a problem.
     
  4. jmeche3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have done the transfer of my library files from windows, but it's showing every file is missing. I think this is because the windows library files are not pointing to a relative location but to a specific one...so Itunes in the Mac is looking for c:\documents and settings\...\my music\song.mp3 when the file is now machd\...\my music\song.mp3...is there any way to redirect itunes to find te files in a new location without individually redirecting each of the 2800 files? such as a utility that will take my library files and move the relative location that the files points to to a location of my choosing. I don't have an iPod so the iPod route wouldn't work.
     
  5. gfox25 macrumors newbie

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    you have 2 things u can do. This will copy your music to your mac.
    in itunes go to preference>advanced.
    check of the box that says copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library.

    The other is
    in itunes go to preference>advanced.
    change the folder location.
    you might also have to add the library in
    file>add library>choose folder
     
  6. gekko513 macrumors 603

    gekko513

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    you could try find and replace in the xml file (open it with textedit or whatever).

    Find
    C:\Document and Settings\blablabla
    ... or whatever it says and replace with
    file://localhost/Users/<your username>/Music/
     
  7. jmeche3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have always declined to add music to the intunes folder cause iTunes never seemed to organize it correctly. If an artist corraborated with another artist for one song on a cd then that song would have its own directory and such apart from the rest of the album. I think I am just going to put up the white flag and rerate all my songs because nothing has worked..the itunes library files in a text editor are pure mush.

    Thanks for all the help
     

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