New Laptop: Is iTUNES MATCH the only option for music?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GuyInTheBack, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. GuyInTheBack macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2008

    Is this the best way to transfer my music to the new laptop? (which is not currently stored on iCloud or my iTunes account in any way.)

    I can use a manual drive for my other files, but that's the one I would like to... elegantly sync or what have you.

    Are there any free alternatives? (I'm only transferring it to one device--the new laptop--not any iPhones/iPods, etc.) $24/year is a recurring cost I'd rather avoid.
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Grab your iTunes folder and move it from the old machine to the new one.

    Is the old machine a Mac? Just use Migration Assistant when you're doing the first setup.
  3. GuyInTheBack thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2008
    Thanks for the reply, and pardon the unsurmountable noob, but wouldn't you then have to play every song?

    P.S. The new mac is refurbished. It's empty and only has microsoft installed in it, but it's not a fresh off the Apple store computer.
  4. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    No, just copy the iTunes Media folder from your old computer to your new one, or just copy everything to the Automatically Import to iTunes folder and it should be automatically placed. Oh, and, I suggest you do a clean install of the OS on your Mac, always a good idea.
  5. GuyInTheBack thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2008
    Thanks. The guy who sold it to me did the clean install for me. he just installed the latest microsoft for me free of charge after.

    So, if I can do this, what is the point of "iTunes Match" then? :-/

    P.P.S. I assume that this does not include podcasts, etc? iTunes is not the best for streaming & then Synching to my Windows Phone but that's my burden, ha.
  6. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009

    iTunes match allows:

    1) commercial free music on iTunes radio
    2) you no longer need to sync music from iTunes to your other devices, whatever you want to play is either streamed or downloaded to the phone
    3) you can store 25000 songs on apple's servers.
    4) any music that was purchased from apple can be traded for DRM FREE iTunes plus files
    5) any music you legally obtained or otherwise uhh downloaded (heh) can be traded for 256 bit AAC iTunes Store copies.
    6) whatever music that is not matched is uploaded to icloud as is

    if you cancel iTunes match, the music you traded in is yours to keep

    trade in? take your low quality mp3s, iTunes match, matches them with the copies they sell in the stores, you then delete the mp3s you have kept around since napster, and download the same copies iTunes sells to people for 1.29 each

    so for 25 a year you can get up to $32,250 worth of iTunes music

    google does the same thing for free, but i couldnt tell you which songs are matched and which ones were uploaded. i don't know how.

    theres been talk about updating iTunes match to 100,000 songs but i don't think thats allowed yet

    if you don't mind syncing and don't really care for AAC DRM free music and the cloud, you can continue to just store music in iTunes for free and sync to your phone.
  7. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    once the DRM has been removed from all the music, computers ( especially iTunes clients ) do not need to be logged onto apple at all. and that saves your precious activations
  8. GuyInTheBack thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2008
    That's a lot of really useful information. So theoretically, I could "buy" iTunes match for a one-time usage; use it to synch up my music to the new laptop.... and then cancel it immediately so it's not renewed every year?

    - Is the music downloaded unto a new device (in this case the new laptop) or is it just accessed remotely?
    - What is the deal with podcasts? (I try to only keep the latest episode of the 40+ I listen to regularly so I wouldn't try to transpose those.)

    (Thanks for all your helps!)
  9. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    i would just copy the music library from one computer to the new one. after copying, don't forget to de authorize your computer if you no longer need it

    if you have music you want to store on their cloud then you should pay for iTunes match

    it doesn't cost you anything at all to manually copy music from one computer to the other and to sync

    with iTunes match you no longer sync your device with itunes , all music is downloaded from the internet

    if you wanted to , you could buy iTunes match for 1 year for $25
    upload your music library
    and delete all the lower quality songs that were matched
    download matched copies

    and then tell it not to resubscirbe and let it expire in 12 months

    whatever music you matched or traded in is yours to keep

    i would strongly advise you not to use iTunes match to simply move a library from one computer to another.
    its so you can always have your music with you, without having the music stored on your phone
    a lot of people complain that 16 gigs on their iPhones is not enough , and usable space is only 11 gigs
    and iTunes match allows you to have 25000 songs, like 160 gigs of music accessible on your 16 gig iPhone

    the other thing to watch out for is apple music. when you stop paying for apple music you lose your music , it expires

    i don't know anything about podcasts. i only subscribe to a few podcasts. i don't think iTunes match keeps podcasts on the cloud
  10. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    another thing you can do is just leave the music on your old computer, and turn it onto an iTunes server. that way you can use your new computer to play music over your network

    click on iTunes, go to preferences
    you should see a sharing tab
    click on share my library on my local network
    share entire library

    this will allow you to play all your music on your new computer... this is for computers only. if music has no DRM the client iTunes machine does not need to be signed onto apple

    this is not the sharing method you use if you have an apple tv or iPhones / ipads/ iPods
    that is clicking on file
    click on home sharing
    click on turn on home sharing

    a lot of people think ' share my library on my local network ' is obsolete. and only used for legacy iTunes, but
    it kicks butt, because clients don't need to be signed on. but it sucks because it doesn't work on iOS devices

    i believe with iPhone home sharing, you can transfer the music from iTunes librarys via ethernet/wifi
  11. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Why would you have to play every song?

    If you move the whole library folder, iTunes will just keep on keeping on as if it was on your old machine.
  12. GuyInTheBack thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2008
    Thanks, everyone. I think I'm about to make the leap and give iTunes Match a whirl.

    Just two last questions...

    1- You can download the songs that are iCloud stored, right? You can't only access them via streaming. (I like my music accessible wi-fi-lessly.)

    The general goal is "Laptop A's music ---> Apple Watch Cloud ---> synched into Laptop B & downloaded permanently unto laptop B"

    2- Are there ANY options for accessing this 'iTunes match library from a Windows Phone? Or will I just have to keep synching it manually from the new laptop)?
  13. GuyInTheBack thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2008
    There's no way around the matched email address, is there? I apparently won't be able to copy MP3s into a folder once songs are matched as they'll be tagged with my email address? I won't be able to make zip folder playlists for say my girlfriend anymore, will I?

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