Transferring an iTunes Library to a new Mac

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  1. dvir971 macrumors regular

    dvir971

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    Hey,
    I have a PC laptop and I’m intending to buy a MacBook (don’t know if the type of computers matters in this issue)
    But is there any way I can transfer my iTunes library from the PC to the new Mac so the songs will have all the details with them in the new Mac, like star rating, play count, ‘notes’, ‘love’ marks, top played playlist, etc. ? I assume just copying the song files to the Mac won’t cut it... any sort of transfer I can do or ‘iTunes media’ file to copy?

    I know there’s the new iTunes iCloud library, but that doesn’t even update play count and ratings between my iPhone, iPad and PC so I don’t think it’s a good solution.

    Thanks!
     
  2. DJLC macrumors 6502a

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    You'll want to grab the entire iTunes folder on your PC and move it to your new Mac. On the Mac, you'll double-click the iTunes Library file located in that folder. Should do the trick, preserving metadata and playlists.

    By default, this is located at C:\Users\[username]\Music\iTunes\ on the PC and /Users/[username]/Music/iTunes on Mac.
     
  3. dvir971 thread starter macrumors regular

    dvir971

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    And if the actual albums are located in a different folder than the iTunes folder, on what order should I move? Will it ‘find’ the files in their new location on the Mac?
     
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    You're best off consolidating your library before moving.
    It's in the prefs somewhere.
     
  5. dvir971 thread starter macrumors regular

    dvir971

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    What
    What does that mean?
     
  6. Nigel Goodman macrumors member

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    Consolidate library means moving all the disparate songs/albums from their current location on the computer into the iTunes library. Doing this means you can move everything all at once.

    The command is in the File>Library sub-menu on a Mac. I should image it is the same place on a Windows machine.
     

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