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NatD Avatar
9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
Morning Everyone, and Happy New Year.

I am currently using a Works Lap top, but ordered my own Desk Top last week that will arrive sometime this week.

I need to transfer my iTunes Library off my works computer and onto the Desk Top.

What will be the easiest way / best way to do this please...?

Thanks in advance.
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Via a network if you have one, or via parallel cables and Laplink, or via DVD/CD, or via Flash memory (USB, CFII, SD etc) if you have a card reader.

Poss some other ways too, but it depends on what you have available...
#2
I would suggest using a wired network as wireless can be a little unstable, if you have a router at the moment just plug in the laptop to it and away you go. If you don't have a router you can use a crossover network cable and just connect the 2 computers together :)
#3
You can consolidate ALL music into a folder via iTunes, and then copy the Library XML Files from the My Documents\My Music Folder over the Network. Hopefully drives and usernames will remain the same...
#4
Thanks - I have some cables at home, so when I get the new Desk Top, will give it a whirl!
#5
Maybe i missed something, but if you've not already done it couldn't you use your ipod?
#6
I was thinking the same RickyBobby. I moved my Itunes library before and it's not straight forward.

First, you need to enable disk use in the Ipod options in Itunes when the Ipod is plugged into your works computer. Then plug the Ipod into your new computer.

On your new computer, make sure you can view hidden files and folders by going into 'my computer', click on tools, folder options, 'view tab' and click 'show hidden files and folders'

All of the music is stored on the Ipod in a folder called Ipod control in the music folder. Move this folder into your My document folder on your new computer. When you view the files in Windows explorer they will mostly have 4 letter codes for the file names - don't worry about this as it will be corrected when you import the music back into your library.

When you install Itunes on your new computer you can then add your 'my doucments' folder to your music collection and your music will be there!

Make sure you copy the Music into the my documents folder or you won't be prompted if you want to delete the music from your disk when clearing up your Itunes library.


You can consolidate ALL music into a folder via iTunes, and then copy the Library XML Files from the My Documents\My Music Folder over the Network. Hopefully drives and usernames will remain the same...


I think the XML files are just the playlists you have created and not the music itself... You may want to copy these over as well.

Good luck - any questions just ask...
#7
Yeah - that is why if you consolidate the library, all the music will be in one central folder that can be easily copied to the new system. THe XML files will be updated accordingly, and all EQ Settings, play counts, ratings etc will all be carried to the new system!
#8
NatD
Thanks - I have some cables at home, so when I get the new Desk Top, will give it a whirl!


From memory a crossover cable is different from any other cable that comes with standard packages, maybe someone could confirm that.
#9
Clear your ipod so it is empty, copy your entire song collection you have onto the ipod as it were a hard drive (don't use itunes) if you're using windows you will want to do this via "My Computer"

Also copy your itunes settings folder from your documents folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\**Username**\My Documents\My Music\iTunes
[INDENT][/INDENT]**Username** being your log in ID etc John, Admin etc


Install itunes on your new computer then place your music in a place you want to store it (another hard drive/folder etc)

Add music to your itunes libary then close down itunes.

Copy the entire itunes settings folder into the exact directory you copied it from (username can be different, only exception)


Note that an ipod can only be synced with one computer's itunes libary at any one time, you will not be able to update the itunes libary of you computer AND laptop for example. Every time you change computers, itunes will erase the ipod and recopy the songs on again.

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