Upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MykullMyerz, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. MykullMyerz macrumors 6502


    Dec 6, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    Hey guys, I'm getting ready to upgrade from Tiger to Snow Leopard and since I'm doing a clean install, I wanted to know if there's anyway I can preserve my Itunes Library so that after I do the install, all of my playlists, ratings, play history, etc. will still be there. My entire library is already on an external harddrive, but once I upgrade my software, and import my library back into iTunes, will I have to re-create my playlists and everything?
  2. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    There are two folders you have to preserve - iTunes and iTunes Music. It sounds like your iTunes Music folder is already on an external drive (right?), so that should be fine. The iTunes folder should be under your Music folder in your home directory. You want to copy that somewhere and restore it later. You can also control-click on the iTunes folder and choose "Create Archive" (under Tiger) from the pop-up menu. That will save the folder contents into a single file. Save the file, restore it later, then double click on it.
  3. applebobber macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2010
    San Francisco
    Follow up on Tiger to SL: Preserving itunes library...

    Hey MykullMyerz - curious if all went well with the advice there as I have been scratching my head a bit on the process myself. Here's what I plan to do:

    160gb to 500gb harddrive upgrade on macbook pro with a Tiger to SL upgrade.

    Have had previous versions of itunes, but am up to date now with 9.1.1...recently did the library organize / consolidate feature, unsure if that could be an issue when reinstalling? The hierarchy of my itunes folder is currently...

    home(user)/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Music (subfolder)

    Hoping to:
    Backup my current 110gb+ library of itunes on external, then reinstall on same machine once harddrive and Snow Leopard is installed / upgraded...while retaining all the artwork, ratings, playcount, etc.

    Any follow up on your success with the itunes reinstall? Are the steps Eric S. covered all good?

    Thanks in advance for any help on this... ; )
  4. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    If you already keep all of your music organized by iTunes (ie. Its in the folder you mentioned above) then just take the iTunes folder (located in ~/Music) and copy it to an external hard drive. When you install SL just copy that folder back to the same location and you'll be golden.

    That's the easiest way, I've done it tons of times
  5. kepner macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    It doesn't even have to be in the same location. Just hold down the Option key when you open iTunes, and it'll let you choose any existing Library, in any location.

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