Downgrading iTunes 11 library to PPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mayuka, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. mayuka macrumors 6502a


    Feb 15, 2009

    I want to sync the iTunes library between my intel Mac Mini and my Powerbook G4. Problem is that iTunes on my G4 is too old to understand the new format. Now the big question. Is there a way to convert the iTunes libraries between versions? :confused:

    This would save me a lot of time. At the moment I'm doing it manually.
  2. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    This is some info from this webpage.
    I have done this and it works, but I can't vouch for the intel-PPC bit.

    Re-creating the iTunes Library file

    Note: After re-creating your library, any devices that you sync with iTunes (Apple TV, iPod, iPhone, iPad) will see your iTunes library as a new library and will completely resync. The next sync with such a device will take longer and may reset some options since your rebuilt library isn't familiar to the device.

    1. Quit iTunes.

    2. Locate your iTunes folder (this is the folder that contains the iTunes Library and iTunes Library.xml files).

    Operating System Default location of iTunes Folder
    Mac OS X /Users/[your username]/Music
    Microsoft Windows XP \Documents and Settings\[your username]\My Documents\My Music\
    Microsoft Windows Vista \Users\[your username]\Music\
    Microsoft Windows 7 \Users\[your username]\My Music\

    3. Open your iTunes folder.

    4. Drag the "iTunes Library.xml" or "iTunes Music Library.xml" file to the Desktop. If neither is available, learn how to add files back to the Library (because the XML file is not available, playlists and other information will not be available).

    5. Drag the following file from your iTunes folder to the Trash:

    Mac OS X "iTunes Library" or "iTunes Library.itl"
    Microsoft Windows "iTunes Library.itl"

    6. Open iTunes.

    Important: Do not add any content into iTunes at this point (such as by purchasing something from the iTunes Store).

    7. Choose File > Library > Import Playlist.

    8. Navigate to the "iTunes Library.xml" file on the Desktop.

    Mac users: Click Choose.
    Windows users: Click Open.
    If your Podcasts list in iTunes is empty after following these steps, learn how to add them back into iTunes.
  3. mayuka thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 15, 2009
    Thanks. I tried to export the Library as described. On my Powerbook iTunes can't import the Library because it is in an unknown format.
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    One thing you could do is to copy it via Home Sharing. You can do large batches of songs at once this way. The only thing that can't be copied without creating duplicate songs are the playlists.

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