Using iTunes Match to merge various iTunes libraries?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by jent, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    I have a bunch of old external hard drives with about three or four old iTunes libraries. If I recall correctly, none of them have overlapping songs, but since I tend to "start fresh" every few years and simply get a new hard drive, do a fresh installation of Mac OS X, and pull up necessary documents from the old hard drives, I've inadvertently dug myself into a mess where I have multiple iTunes libraries.

    Instead of reimporting into my current library, which I can't do since I don't have much free hard drive space, could I take turns starting up my Mac from each hard drive and enabling iTunes Match? At the end, wouldn't Apple's cloud be agnostic as to how many hard drives I'm doing this from? I'd love to have all my music accessible from the cloud without needing to attempt to actually merge the contents of any of my hard drives and iTunes libraries. Thanks!
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    As far as I know, iTunes Match can add songs from multiple iTunes libraries no problem. Those songs, once matched, should then show up in all the other libraries with download icons. You can probably set up a Smart Playlist to indicate all the ones that aren't currently in your library, then download them all at once or in batches depending on the number of songs.


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