Moving from PC to new Mac mini question.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wolfpackfan, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
    If Apple comes out with a new Mac mini, I plan on getting one. I will be moving from a Compac laptop to the mini. The only real application that I have concerns about moving is iTunes. Right now on the Compaq I have iTunes setup with the majority of my music and video files stored on an external hard drive. What will be involved for me to move my iTunes library to the mini? I know I can plug in the external hard drive to the mini, but how do I get all my playlists and library entries moved to iTunes on the mini? Thanks.
  2. Blaine macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    Abilene TX
    Copy the entire iTunes folder over and it should work.


    If you want to keep everything on your external drive still, you hold down some key.... ctrl or shift or the apple key and click on iTunes.

    It will then ask you where your iTunes directory is stored and select the external drive and point it to the iTunes folder.
  3. intempo808 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    I've done this before, and its worked for me :D

    Basically, copy the entire "iTunes" folder (found in my music on windows) onto your external drive.

    Then copy this into the correct place on the Mac and your iTunes will have everything including artwork, information and ratings etc.

    However, i've only done this from PC to PC, not PC to Mac...

  4. synagence macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Type "convert pc itunes library to mac" (without quotes) into google ... HUNDREDS of articles.

    i followed one on lifehacker i think when i got my mac and it worked a charm
  5. rayward macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2007
    Houston, TX
    If you can play it in iTunes on your PC, you can play it in iTunes on your Mac. As others have said, just copy the whole iTunes folder from your PC onto your Mac - anywhere will do - and then have iTunes (on the Mac) consolidate your music. It'll pull all the songs into your iTunes folder.

    Or you could have an Apple store genius do it for you (if you have access to an Apple store). I believe they do it for free, and they will copy over all your data, not just music.
  6. MacbookAlum1536 macrumors regular


    Nov 21, 2008
    Its the option key

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