Transfering iTunes between two macs?

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  1. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    My plan is to purchase a firewire 800 cable to connect my two macs together and then use target disk mode to transfer all of my iTunes songs and such. I have no idea how to get into TDM and I am also unsure which file I need to drag onto my mac and more importantly where to place the file in the mac that is receiving the library. I have also heard that using a ethernet cable is even faster, if so could I just use my ethernet cable from my router to do the job.
     
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Target Disk Mode

    Copy the whole iTunes folder. The default itunes folder location is User/Music/iTunes. Simple as that.
     
  3. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks that helped alot, now could I use my ethernet cable instead of a firewire
     
  4. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    just a note that personally when I do something like this I always have an extra back up incase of any corruptions. Yes it's probably overkill but if like me you have thousands of pounds/dollars worth of media it might be worth the extra money to get a simple extra back up
     
  5. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    I believe TDM only works with firewire. I'm not familiar with using ethernet for anyhing other than an internet connection. Maybe someone else could help with that.
     
  6. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    just turn on personal file sharing and drop your itunes music folder to the other's drop box.

    do another drop into the directory and you're good to go. done it a million times (with my own computers, not steeeeelingz!1)
     
  7. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would you mind giving me directions on how to do that? I would really love some screenshots that would be golden thanks again
     
  8. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes that should (will) work, I have copied approx 50gb externals like that over my N network. If you're wired its easy and quick
     
  9. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    If you've got a spare Mac (or even Windows box) and you plan on using the two you describe here, you can make an iTunes server. I'm using a 733 MHz DA G4 as an iTunes server and it works great.
     
  10. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    Basically its system prefs and then Sharing (see attach)

    then your computers should just appear on finder, navigate and drop (check in finder prefs (command , ) that you have them showing
     

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  11. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so much everybody would someone else please post a screenshot of the folder I select to transfer, I would like all the album artwork etc thanks again
     
  12. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Copy the whole iTunes folder with everything in it.
     

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  13. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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  14. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will complete the process then upload the time it took and such so others can learn from this post
     

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