Copy iTunes Library

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dec., Apr 22, 2012.

  1. dec. Suspended

    dec.

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    #1
    Hi,
    the setup that we have right now is

    1 Time Capsule, music is stored on it under "data/music"
    2 Macbook Airs and 1 iMac

    I have imported the music to iTunes on Macbook Air 1. As it's a ton of music, the process took ages, so I was wondering if I can copy the itunes library.xml to the other computers and rename the paths (i.E. replace all /users/macbook1/ to users/macbook2 ) to avoid the time consuming way of redoing the import if the music on both the Macbook Air 2 and the iMac.

    I want to have full access to the files, so sharing a playlist won't do it, if my partner wants to copy music onto his iPhone from his iMac or the Macbook Air 2 we'll run into issues.

    I have done this before , years ago on a windows PC when we replaced it and the PC name changed from "Kitchen Computer" to "Cottage" or something like that, I just replaced all paths. I've tried this again now but iTunes doesn't seem to handle it well right now.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks!
     
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

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    #2
    If the music is stored on the Time Capsule, why would you even need to change the paths? I'm far from an iTunes expert, but I think you should also move the .itl file, since it's the actual library file.
     
  3. dec. thread starter Suspended

    dec.

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    #3
    Thanks, after your post I've checked the file again, for some reason in a previous version it referred to "localhost/users/macbookair1/...." , but the current one doesn't anymore!?!

    As far as I remember iTunes goes to the xml file if the itl (which you cannot edit) is missing, but as I don't need to change the paths in first place, it probably should work, will try.

    thanks.
     
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

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    #4
    The .itl contains the "library ID", which will have to match if your partner wants to be able to sync music with several computers without issues :)
     

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