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Transferring iTunes library

by tttchen / February 16, 2008 5:47 AM PST

I'm pretty naive at this and tried to read other postings, but am still confused on how to transfer my spouse's iTunes library from the old PC (running XP) to a new one (running Vista).

On the new PC, she downloaded iTunes from their website and purchased new music (but had not transferred the old library over). She doesn't want to lose what she's already purchased.

So far, I've copied the old library onto an external hard drive. She would like all the music on the PC (not the external drive). The external drive has a folder called "iTunes", underneath this are 3 other folders (Album Artwork, iTunes Music, and Previous iTunes Libraries) and 3 other files (iTunes Library, iTunes Music Library, and Temp File).

Some threads I've read say to copy things over, but does that mean all 3 folders and the 3 other files? If so, what if they have the same names as files on the target PC?

Another thread said to change the "iTunes Music folder location" to the external drive and then Consolidate, but it seems that then the external hard drive keeps all the music.

I appreciate it if you could help me walk through the necessary steps. I apologize as I'm sure this info exists elsewhere, but I'm not computer literate enough to understand. Thanks.

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from my experiance
by mementh / February 16, 2008 6:16 AM PST

I moved things over.. and i found some thigns out. (i am assuming your using guides to know which files to move)

If the login/username/home directory (sorry not at home so i can't see the directory but it should be like C:\my documents\~username here~\)
if thats the same, just copy everything to the same location on the new computer and everything will be ok (you will need to authorize the new computer and de-authorize the old one)

If its not, then your in trouble. You will need to "back up" your library files in Itunes.
This will back up all your playlists and location of all your files.
Because I moved to a diffrent user directory (see above) I used a text editor to go in and change all the files (takes a minute but is not hard)

and then load itunes and then "import" and your done and good to go.


hope that helps.(and that you can understand my rambleings)

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Thanks, but I need more help
by tttchen / February 16, 2008 6:22 AM PST
In reply to: from my experiance

Thanks. Unfortunately, the directory names are different (XP and Vista have different default names).

I don't know what you mean by "back up" library files in iTunes. Am I backing up the old PC file? new PC files? the external drive?

I'm not sure what to use a text editor on. But as she's got over 8G of files, I'm concerned this would take a long time.

Sorry, as I said, I'm not well versed on these basics.

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by mementh / February 16, 2008 2:24 PM PST
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