How To Move Your iTunes Library to a New Mac

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ehomestead

My problem is this... I have an old PowerBook G4 with iTunes (9.2.1) and a brand new MacBook Pro with iTunes (10.7). Migration Assistant from the G4 to the Pro are incompatible due to the age between software versions. I used target disc to move over my documents and pictures, but all of my iTunes files (music, movies, etc) are on an external hard drive that is always connected to the old G4. How can I move everything onto the new Pro and still keep almost ten years of metadata? Sadly, the Apple Store and their Genius' were no help, and told me to click and drag and start anew... But there has to be a way to add the media to the new Pro.... Anyone? Anyone?

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Rita003

What if you don't want to use iTunes? Is there a quick way to achieve this?

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jknowlton

read above! I posted my reply as a new comment, my mistake. Read my comment in the first comment reply section.

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asg

I just bought my first MacBook Pro and will need to transfer my entire iTunes library over from my PC...I'm assuming the best way to do this is via my external hard drive?

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Fion

There are USB cables that connect your Mac & PC for computer-to-computer transfers. Targus sells one, but it's USB 2.0, so depending on your music library you might want to find a different solution. If you have a NAS drive or some other sort of external hard drive that's Network connected, that's also a speedier solution than the alternative.

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asg

Good to know....Thanks

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jknowlton

I had the same question a few months ago when I got my Macbook Pro. I went to the Apple Store with the genius bar and found that they were a little awkward with the question, but leaned more towards doing the USB transfer. I found an easier solution.

What I feared, was losing a playlists of just my fav songs (4GB) rather than my whole library which is over 60GB. They couldnt really provide a solution for me as they were "unfamiliar with windows file structure for itunes." I ended up configuring it myself and saved my self a lot of time. .

In iTunes (on old windows PC), export your playlist(s), they are text files and very small. Copy the itunes media folder under my documents to an external hard drive, and on your new macbook pro, paste the media folder. Then open iTunes, import your playlists and then done. This was easy, and took a lot less time and effort.

So now, I constantly back up my playlists to an external drive when I update it, but also have multiple copies of my library on external drive.

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