Migrating iTunes to a new Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JefferyShin, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. JefferyShin macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2009
    I just got the Retina MBP (woo) and I'm wondering what the best way to transfer my iTunes files from my old Mac.

    I have iTunes match enabled, so technically I could just turn it on on the retina and download every single song (~7000). Or I could do it by copying it into a external drive. If that's the best way, what folder do I copy?

  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If you've already set up the computer and don't want to migrate (which is usually the best way), you can also use an external drive or copy via Ethernet/Wifi over the network. In all cases, make sure you move your entire iTunes folder, instead of just the media files, as that will allow you to continue syncing iDevices and preserve your library contents.

  4. LaWally macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
    The default location for iTunes is ~/Jeffrey/Music/iTunes. You'll want to copy everything in this folder.
  5. swinler macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2012
    Use the external drive approach, esp if you have USB 3.0 on the source mac too.

    I just did this and it worked perfectly. All music, artwork, videos, apps etc transferred flawlessly.

    As the others have said, make sure you transfer the entire folder.

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