Moving iTunes to new mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Samppaa, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Samppaa macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2010
    So I am probably getting a macbook air sometime soon and giving the old macbook pro to my father so I need to transfer my iTunes library to my new computer. How should I proceed?
  2. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    if it's all on your iPod, THIS will help you. I just transferred my iPod library and data to my MacBook (So I don't have to use my old PC) and it worked perfectly--- all data and settings remained the same on my iPod. Just follow the directions posted exactly and it'll work fine!

    Oh yea, and I used the app senuti mentioned in that link
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Assuming you will still have the old computer long enough to transfer the data, don't mess with trying to transfer via the iPod (that's a fallback, not a first choice). Use Migration Assistant when you first get the new computer to transfer via FireWire, Ethernet, or Wifi.

  4. safetyobc macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2007
    I am in the same boat here. Moving from a 2007 MBP to a new iMac.

    I don't want to transfer all my apps, etc. I want to start new. But I do want to transfer my media (music, movies, books, iOS apps, etc.)

    I have an external HDD, and this is what I was thinking I could do. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    I was going to copy my iTunes Music folder onto the HDD and then copy it onto the new computer. Is that going to work? My iTunes Music folder has Audiobooks, Books, Mobile Applications, Movies, Music, Podcasts, Ringtones, Tones and Voice Memos. Do these folders actually contain all my iTunes files? And if copied to new Mac, will they play properly.


  5. toiday macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2011
    If you have an external drive, that would be ideal. Just follow the instruction here:

    You should backup your iTune library often in case your hard drive crashes.

    One thing to consider moving from MBP to MBA. Your iTune library can get pretty big. Mines have to sync with iPhone and iPad. Unless you spend extra money to buy a MBA with lot of storage, it may fill up your MBA pretty quickly.
  6. safetyobc macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2007
    Thanks for the info! I am moving from MBP to an iMac. Also, been backing up with Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner on separate drives.

    Thanks again!

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