How to transfer entire itunes library that is synced to my iphone onto a new macbook

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  1. bobbob macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone, ive seen a couple of threads that posted problems slightly similar to mine here but i cant seem to find an absolute solution.

    I was previously using windows vista and my iphone is synced on the vista. Now that ive got a new macbook, i want to transfer preferences, messages, settings, songs, pictures, contacts and jailbroken applications etc on my iphone 3G to the new macboook. i dont need to have play counts or ratings transferred. just hoping to be able to sync my iphone to the new macbook like it was able to with the vista with nothing lost.

    my contacts are not saved with outlook.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. :)
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    wow transferring from PC to mac. thats a good question! id never thought of that before.

    on the PC in itunes, is there an option to export or save the entire thing?

    if not:if you look in My Music->iTunes-> im sure that there would be some sort of file that holds the iPhones data. normally with iTunes you can copy/paste files. they are normally compatible.
     
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  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I do. I was just being lazy. And you seemed to have it well in hand. :cool:

    I guess the pertinent question is, do you still have the Windows 7 computer? If so, the easiest way is to transfer files between computers, not to rip them from your iPhone.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    haha well in all honesty, my process was a theory that i pulled out of my dead brain in 2seconds. i have no idea if/how it works. just a suggestion :)

    im presuming that the OP still has access to the computer :\

    :)
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    This might be a bit more helpful:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1329

    The article directs you to enable iPod disk use in order to copy, which is a mode that the iPhone lacks. However, you can copy using an external hard disk or network just as easily.

    Email should automatically appear on your Mac as soon as you configure Mail if you've been using IMAP to connect to your mail server from your iPhone.

    Contacts you'll have to export from Outlook or whatever to vCard (.vcf) format, which can then be imported into Address Book on your Mac.
     
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    See these threads and you'll have no problem:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=526316

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=429475

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=831136

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=814306

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=750882

    Bunch of links there, but I'll tell how easy it is to do from experience. First, hook up your iPhone to iTunes. Make sure autosync is off.

    Right click on your iPhone in the left pane and choose transfer purchases. This will get all your apps on the computer.

    Now right click on the iPhone and choose backup iPhone (this will have all your game saves, app settings, contacts (but you're also going to sync those in the next step), notes, etc, but not pics from your old computer, songs, videos, etc....all the stuff after ringtones in the middle pane under summary).

    Go to the middle pane and choose all the programs you need to sync (but not the stuff after the ringtones). Sync.

    Then after consolidating the library in your PC, copy the iTunes folder to your new mac. Also, copy anything else over to the appropriate place (photos to your Pictures folder on the mac, etc.). Then sync everything else and you'll be set on the new mac.
     

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