How do I import specific music from an iTunes library onto a new computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by applefan289, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    There are numerous songs and music videos (not the entire library) that I would like to put on my new Mac. I cannot just re-download them using the Apple ID because that content is no longer on the iTunes store. How would I go about moving select items from one library to another?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    The simplest way to go about doing this is as follows:
    1. Make a playlist (not a smart playlist) in iTunes for exporting purposes. Call it whatever you'd like.
    2. Drag and drop the content from the source iTunes into that playlist.
    3. Create a folder on your transfer media of choice (network share, USB drive, whatever) to put the migrated files in.
    4. Select everything in that transfer playlst.
    5. Resize the iTunes window, if necessary, so you can see the media and iTunes at the same time.
    6. Drag and drop the items from that playlist into your transfer folder.
    7. Wait until iTunes completes the copy job.
    Then, on the destination iTunes, drag and drop the transfer folder onto the main iTunes Window, where it says Music. Done!

    All you must do now is recreate playlists and such.
  3. applefan289 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    This is a different issue. None of my music videos or music are available on the iTunes store anymore because they were pulled, so I cannot re-download them. iTunes media in the iTunes program is more of a mystery for me to transfer. The other thread was a question as to the best way to transfer pics and stuff.

    Since things like video, music, etc. is embedded on iTunes (and in the Finder in its own unique way), I really would not know how to transfer all that (including music videos).

    How is your non-job going as an Expectation Manager?


    Thanks, would not have thought of that!
  4. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2008
  5. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    Another option is to have both machines connected to the same network,
    turn on Home Sharing on iTunes on both machines.

    Then on the new machine the old machines library will appear in the list, you can click on it and see the music and other media stored on the old machines library, then select what you want and import it.

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