Export iTunes Library from Mac to Windows7?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Philberttheduck, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a

    Philberttheduck

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    #1
    I sold my MBP so that I can save for the anticipated retina 13" MBP later on, so in the meantime I'm planning on using my newly built HTPC with SSD drive (one of the reasons why I sold the MBP was because SSD has shown me the way) with Windows 7.

    Problem is, while I have a copy of my iTunes library (both the XML files and content) on an external hard drive, I realized there's a difference in the coding that I cannot simply point to the library file in the external. I was wondering if there was an easy way (application possibly?) to re-code the necessary files to let me sync up my iTunes? I still have iPods that are paired to the library that it'd be really inconvenient to re-create the playlists and sync all the info again.

    Any possible help would be apprecaited, dank ya
     
  2. Sjhonny macrumors 6502

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    Just copy everything (the iTunes folder) and you'll be fine. Even half star ratings :)
     
  3. Mike in Kansas, Sep 17, 2012
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    Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    The issue isn't how the files are "encoded" on your drive, it's whether your PC can read your external drive - which depends on how you formatted it.

    If it's formatted in HFS or HFS+ (standard Mac formatting) you are pretty much out of luck. Windows can't read that drive. If you can somehow get that data into a cloud or onto a flash drive and then move THAT to your PC, you may be OK.

    See from Apple:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    EDITED TO ADD:

    OK, looks like there are some 3rd party plug-ins and apps on the Windows side that allow you to read an HFS+ drive. Just Google "read HFS+ drive on PC" to find them.
     

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