Upgrading from PC to Mac - Any way to save iTunes library?

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  1. danetello macrumors 6502

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    My birthday is coming up next week, so I have decided to buy myself a 27" iMac as a birthday present :D:D
    I have currently got some Logitech surround sound speakers that I use for my PC, could I just plug these into my mac and go? Or would I need to buy a specific adaptor?
    I have also got many songs in my iTunes library. Is there any way to keep all my song details? (eg. date added, number of plays, last played etc.)
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Apple store genius bar can transfer itunes library for you. Just make appointment.
     
  3. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure you can just plug your Logitech speakers into your new Mac -- they should have the standard 3 1/2 mm stereo plug.

    If your PC is not a laptop, I'm not sure how feasible it is to bring it in to an Apple store.

    However, you should definitely be able to keep your iTunes library -- you just need to be able to copy it onto the Mac's hard drive. If it fits on, and you have, a USB thumb drive, that may be the easiest way to transfer it. Or, if you have an external hard drive, that would work. Alternatively, if your PC and new Mac can be placed on the same local network (e.g., plugged into the same router or switch), then you can share a Windows drive/folder to the network, and thereby copy the iTunes library to your Mac. There are other ways as well, over a network. Do any of these sound feasible?
     
  4. danetello thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My speakers are surround sound, so have got 3 plugs (orange, black and green) instead of just one. Would I need some kind of adapter or something for it?

    And also copying my files to the mac should not be a problem. The main thing is that I wanted to keep all my details like number of plays, date added, last played date etc. Is there any way to do this? Or will everything have to go back to 0?
     
  5. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't done it in quite a while (5 years) but yes, you can transfer the entire library including your metadata such as play count. It was not a complex process.

    If I have time I'll try to dig up steps on how to do it.
     
  6. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Pull the HD out of your PC and take it with you when you go to get your iMac. Give it to the folks at the Genius Bar and see it they really are...:) (make an appointment).

    Dale
     
  7. Bladerunner99 macrumors member

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    They wouldn't let me do that, said I had to bring in my desktop to transfer the files over
     
  8. Wiggo macrumors newbie

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  9. Macwiz1003 macrumors newbie

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    Transfer Music

    buy very cheap external hard drive for PC off apple.com. Put all music in the external hard drive. Plug in external hard drive to Mac And Drag all music off of external hard drive in to itunes music folder.

    Recommended External Hard Drive:
    G-Technology 500GB G-DRIVE mobile USB Portable Hard Drive
    $89.99.
     
  10. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    on windows your iTunes library is stored in the Music folder inside the User directory.
    (windows XP has it in the My documents >Music folder)
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    Just copy the contents of this folder to the Music folder on OSX. It will copy everything, your library, phone (if iPhone) backups apps etc.

    I don't know if it will copy your playists or your last played info, but at least it is a place to start.
     
  11. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    Due to finances I won't be getting my iMac til the fall so could i Use icloud at that time to transfer iTunes from PC to Mac?
     
  12. danetello thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The main issue for me is keeping the data like play count, ratings, date added etc. Does anyone know how I can get this info from my PC to my Mac? :confused:
     
  13. horizonflyer macrumors newbie

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    I just bought an iMAC from my local Apple store, I purchased the One-To-One service ($99 for a year) http://www.apple.com/retail/onetoone/.

    Part of that $99 included Apple transferring over as much (or as little) from my HP PC to the iMAC, I chose from them to only transfer over my iTunes library (20K songs). Worked perfectly, every single song, playlists, counts, date added, even the artwork transferred over - worth it for me.
     
  14. Wiggo macrumors newbie

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    I can understand being too lazy to Google, but being too lazy to click on a link? I already posted a link to step-by-step instructions of how to do exactly that: http://www.macworld.com/article/1469...ndows_mac.html
     

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