Move specific iTunes playlists to other Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Let's Sekuhara!, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Let's Sekuhara! macrumors 6502

    Let's Sekuhara!

    Jun 30, 2008
    I have a massive iTunes library on an eMac and I want to move only the best of that music to my new MacBook. I've put everything I want to move in one playlist. In order to move the music I've been dragging selections of 4 songs at a time into a finder folder which I plan to then import into the library of my MacBook.

    The problem is that I get duplicate file names (lots of "01 Track 01.mp3" etc.)
    I've been retitling as I go but there are 5000 songs to go through...

    There has got to be a better way to do this! Please help.
  2. ihabime macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2005
    I found a couple scripts that might help you out.
    First one to set the files name to that of the itunes song name and artist :
    second one to move selected tracks to a folder :
    there's also a copy to folder script : is a great resource for itunes scripting.
  3. Let's Sekuhara! thread starter macrumors 6502

    Let's Sekuhara!

    Jun 30, 2008

    Thanks for the links. I checked out the scripts on Doug's site however, and I didn't see any for moving individual playlists.

    BUT, I found a solution! Senuti.

    Use your iPod as the go-between. Load all the playlists you want onto it. You may have to break playlists up into smaller ones if the contents exceed the capacity of the iPod. Then using Senuti on the destination computer, download your music to your iTunes folder.

    Ideally you should start fresh with a blank iTunes Library. If you have existing music in your library, decide how you want to keep existing music separate from the music you'll be moving over.

    In my experience, despite having my settings correct, the music I moved over did not show up in my iTunes library. I had to manually drag it from my iTunes music folder in Finder into my Music folder in iTunes. (This is why having music already in this folder can cause confusion.)

    You'll want to clear all existing music from your iPod before using your iPod as a transfer device, otherwise you could easily become confused about what music is to be transferred and what music is just being stored there. Besides, you'll want all the capacity you can get.

    I'm not responsible for what happens to your data as a result of trying this. I'm simply giving advice for you to take (or not), based on what worked for me.

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