Resolved iTunes Migration Question

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  1. charlieegan3, Jun 26, 2012
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    charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

    charlieegan3

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    I have moved my iTunes library to my new mac but don't wan't all the songs from the old library, i have a few playlists that I want to keep, but need to delete the rest.

    Moving the songs out, deleting the old library is not an option as i would loose important attributes like date added and play count (need these to run my smart playlists)

    Any suggestions on how to remove all the songs except for the ones in my playlists?
     
  2. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  3. rctlr macrumors 6502a

    rctlr

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    Home sharing is a good way.

    Enable it on both machines itunes, then once both of them see each others library you can copy the playlists from one the old to the new - this copies the music tracks to the new one.
     
  4. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I agree that would work but its just that there is quite a lot of music and would prefere a local solution for the sake of speed.
     
  5. schwarzeErde macrumors newbie

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    export and import playlists

    1) you can create a playlist of all the songs in the library
    2) export the playlist to txt file
    3 export all the playlists you want to keep using as txt-files

    in excel edit the library-playlist so that the records of the other playlists are deleted, it maybe an expert-excel thing to do.
    4) import the playlist that has been saved with less records.
    5) selecht all the songs and change the album title to "delete songs"
    6) go to the iTunes library and find all the songs with title "delete songs"
    7) select them all and delete them. And confirm the deleting of the files aswell.
     
  6. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I had a go but I dont have enough excel experience to make that happen, can't see how you could do it.
     
  7. schwarzeErde macrumors newbie

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    if you can send me the txt-files I can give it a try tomorrow
     
  8. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    charlieegan3

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    Thanks, but I have worked out another way.

    1. go to library,
    2. select all
    3. uncheck selection (via right click)
    4. move all the playlists you want to keep into one folder
    5. select that folder, and select all.
    6. check selection (via right click)
    7. back to library,
    8. sort by checked unchecked
    9. select all the unchecked songs using shift (click the top then scroll to the bottom to select the last)
    10. delete selected songs!

    Thanks for suggestions people.

    Charlie
     

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