iTunes woes getting you down?

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had the fun task last week of getting our Control A computer here at SmithLee upgraded from OS 10.4 to 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and installing Pro Tools 9.  The machine had to be formatted and everything installed from scratch.  What I didn’t realize was one of my biggest problem areas would be (out of all things) iTunes.

You would think that moving your music library from computer to computer is an easy task, and usually it is.  But I had one big hitch……my entire library consists of WAV files, not mp3 or AAC.  The reason that this is a problem is because WAV files don’t retain artist/album/track information.  So even though my files were THERE, iTunes can’t find any information about the songs, making for a big random list of files.

My heart sank as I tried to import the library file from the other computer and it didn’t work.  I had spend DAYS importing this music and I wasn’t about to do it again.  So a little bit of scrounging around on the interwebs and I finally found a solution.  It’s actually much easier than you might think.


So, without further ado….the easiest way to move your iTunes libary from computer to computer: (on a Mac)


1. Copy your whole iTunes folder to a new drive.  This should include not only your music files themselves but also the library file, XML file, basically everything associated with your library.

2. On your NEW computer, delete the iTunes folder.

3. Replace that WHOLE folder with YOUR copied iTunes folder.

Now, here comes the important part —-

4. Hold down the Alt/Option key while opening iTunes for the first time.

5. iTunes will ask you where the libary file is.  Point it to your newly copied iTunes directory.

6. All done!  iTunes will rebuild your library and you’re good to go!


Now wasn’t that easy?


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