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13th August 2009, 10:06 PM
Hi All,

I'm having a few problems transferring my itunes library to my new mac.
I have got everything else transferred and operating perfectly except my itunes library. I would like to copy across the following:

- Playlists
- Iphone Apps Etc.
- Entire music library

However I would like to re-locate the library to a different destination on my new system. Whats the best way to do this? Can migration assistant do this without trying to copy over everything else in my user account?


13th August 2009, 10:15 PM
Easiest and most sure-fired is to drag the iTunes folder from inside the former computer's Music folder, straight into the the Music folder of the new machine, thus replacing its iTunes folder.

Apple Mac HD -> Users folder -> yourhomefolder -> Music folder -> iTunes folder.

Drag 'n drop from one Mac to the other.

13th August 2009, 10:31 PM
Yeah, I tried that.

Still opens up with nothing in iTunes ...

13th August 2009, 10:42 PM
However I would like to re-locate the library to a different destination on my new system.

Yet is this what you're doing?

Reason asked because if the original iTunes folder is not placed into the Music folder, but placed elsewhere, iTune 8.2.x won't be able to find it.

13th August 2009, 10:54 PM
Yep, I've done that, but no dice.

I don't mind dragging in all my music again, I just want to be sure to keep my iPhone stuff and playlists. Is there a way I can manually do this?

13th August 2009, 10:59 PM
If you drag and copy the original iTunes folder into the new machine's Music folder, and then activate iTunes and you still see nothing, in the iTunes app, click on menu item: File and scroll down to: Add to Library...

In the next window, navigate back to your Music folder, click once on: iTunes folder and then click once on the Choose button.

13th August 2009, 11:27 PM
Ok, so I've not got all my playlists and library.
However nothing plays because it can't locate the files.. as they are linking to my old folder. How do I go about telling itunes to look in the same folder and preserve my playlists?

Thanks for all your help by the way, greatly appreciated!

14th August 2009, 07:58 AM
I'm... really uncertain what you're doing there... as the former iTunes folder should just take the place of the new one and... become it.

Thus when iTunes is activated, it goes straight back to its source folder, and if its source folder is the one you dragged in from your other Apple Mac, it'll read and play everything fine.

One cannot have an iTunes folder not directly in the Music folder.... to the best of my knowledge.

14th August 2009, 09:25 AM
By image - if I copy my "old" iTunes folder to, let's say, the new Desktop, to make the new iTunes see it:

1. Open the Macintosh HD:


2. Open the Users folder:


3.Open yourhome folder - looks like a little cottage home:


4. Open the Music folder:


5. And now inside the Music folder, we see an iTunes folder that the new computer put in there, and here I'm dragging the former iTunes folder from the Desktop straight into the Music folder, as shown by the path of the red arrow:


6. And the action of doing this brings up this alert, where it is asking me if I really want to replace the new iTunes folder with an older one, to which I click once on the Replace button:


7. And the old iTunes folder does indeed take the place of the new one.
At this point, all windows can be closed.


8. And when the iTunes Application is activated again, all the play lists are working and back to the way they were on the former Apple Mac:


Yet the iTunes folder MUST be in:

Macintosh HD -> Users -> yourhome -> Music

If it is placed in any other folder or sub-folder, iTunes will not respond to it properly.

Make sense?

14th August 2009, 10:08 AM

My previous itunes folder wasn't located in

Macintosh HD -> Users -> yourhome -> Music

It was located on a second HD
HD -> Music
And it was looking for it there. But I deleted it all, started again, followed instructions and it work! Woo!

Thanks very much for your help and patience!

14th August 2009, 10:10 AM
Or, you could use that Mashduo App mentioned a couple of weeks ago. May do the job.

14th August 2009, 03:12 PM
And the same thing applies to iPhoto with photographs.

So... if you had an iPhoto library on your former Apple Mac and you wanted that same iPhoto library on the new Apple Mac, you'd need to copy the iPhoto Library folder from the former Pictures folder, to the new machine's Picture folder in a similar path:

Macintosh HD -> Users -> youhomefolder -> Pictures

and it is only in the Pictures folder that iPhoto can see it and bring it up in iPhoto as a library of photos.

In other words - a place for everything and everything in its place.

and yes... there are third party applications and little "hacky" methods to make these Applications see files in different places, yet to begin with, it's worth understanding where, by default, they naturally exist in Mac OS X.