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Copying Itunes Library To Another Computer


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 09:11 AM

I have iTunes on my laptop. If I want it on my desktop as well, can I just copy my "My Music" folder from the external harddrive to which I back up my laptop to the "My Music" folder on the desktop?

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 10:50 AM

I also posted on the Apple support board. Folks there think this will work. If not, I'll let you know. Thanks!

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 08:35 PM

Well, it did not work. I deleted the "iTunes Library" and "iTunes Music Library" files from "My Music" on the desktop. Then I copied those same files from my external harddrive to the desktop. The result was that all of my song titles appeared in the desktop, but when I tried to play several of them, each one said file not found. What could have gone wrong? Thanks.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 02:37 AM

The reason why it doesn't work is because your iTunes on your laptop finds the files differently than your desktop. Sadly, its not automatic.

What you have to do is get all of your music files onto your external, move them all to one central file (i.e. "My Music") then install iTunes regularly onto your computer.

Then in iTunes you go to: Edit > Preferences > Advanced tab >

And in the "iTunes Music folder location", you select the "My Music" folder for example, where all of your files were just moved. Then in the same window under the Advanced tab, check the box that says "Keep my iTunes folder organized."

Once you click "OK", iTunes should start to organize your music files.

Edited by Matt B, 24 December 2007 - 02:38 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2007 - 07:43 PM

Thank you, Matt B.

So "iTunes Library" and "iTunes Music Library" both in "My Music" store things differently? That is confusing? Can I just follow the steps and point iTunes on the desktop to the "My Music" folder? Thanks, again.




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