iTunes 2 Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ag55, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. ag55 macrumors regular

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    I have my iTunes library files (the ones which contain data, playlists, ratings etc all backed up).

    My music is on a external USB drive.

    How can i get iTunes to play my music from the USB drive (and not copy it to my HDD, and how do i restore all the data settings.

    Is there a program which can do this?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    I don't believe that you can use a Windows iTunes library file on a Mac, nor that there are there converters to change it.

    You will need to add the media into the iTunes library manually.
     
  3. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

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    :eek:
     
  4. devburke Guest

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    Not sure this will work if that was a Windows library, but worth a shot:

    When you open iTunes, hold Option, and the following window should come up:

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    What you want to do is click Choose Library... and find the library on an external drive. I believe that should work.
     
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Again, I believe the libraries are incompatible, so opening another library won't make a difference.
     
  6. devburke Guest

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    Can't hurt to try though, right?
     
  7. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It didnt work.

    Is there any apps which can do this?

    Windows had stuff such as iDump which were decent, but could not recover ratings from the device -- any luck on the mac?
     
  8. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Just drag and drop the files into iTunes. You only lose the playlists and play counts.
     
  9. gillboyswims96 macrumors regular

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    yea you can just drag the music files into itunes, or press file-import folder
     
  10. devburke Guest

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    I believe you'd also lose a lot of your organization like Album Artist, sort fields, and ratings. Not to mention playlists.
     
  11. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Album artists and sort fields are stored in the metadata of the media, not the iTunes library. Ratings are supposed to be done this way too, but iTunes uses the library to store these, so they will be lost.
     
  12. devburke Guest

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    OK combine that with this and you might be good to go
     
  13. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

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    that looks promising.

    thanks so much, update you later
     

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