What is the best way to move my iTunes library

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  1. quid

    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    So I got the iMac and its now my main computer. For now my mac mini will serve as a media center for when I am on my cycle trainer it may later be replaced by an appleTV. The actual data is stored on an external drive plugged into the iMac now, but I haven't used iTunes yet. My apple ID is the same on both computers.

    What I want to do have all the library data: track ratings, album art, number of plays, playlists etc from the mini moved to the iMac and be able to sync my ipod to the iMac. Then I want to share the library with the Mini.

    I don't want any other data anywhere synced or otherwise changed.

    SOLUTION

    Just did this.

    The goal: Leave files in tact on external drive but move library information (ratings, play count, etc.) to my new imac from my mini. Both computers running Snow Leopard and iTunes 9.

    Move from Mac Mini to iMac


    Step 1: Network the computers

    Make sure iTunes is closed on both computers

    Step 2: Copy iTunes folder (UserHomeFolder/Music/iTunes/) from Mini to the same location on the iMac

    Step 3: Open iTunes on the iMac to ensure proper move of library info

    Step 4: On the iMac iTunes>Preferences>Sharing, check "Share my library on my local network"

    Step 5: Delete iTunes folder on Mini (You don't have to do this, I'd just rather use the Mini strictly as a drone to the iMac)

    Step 6: Open iTunes on Mini, the iMac library is fully listed and usable.

    Obviously you would need a few extra steps if you were moving the actual files.
     
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  2. Wolf68k

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    The computer you've been using and that you have used with iTunes; go to the Music folder and just copy everything form in there to the Music folder of the new system
    You might have to copy the user version of the iTunes plist files as well.
    ~/Library/Preferences - I forget where it's at after that.

    I've done that and didn't have to when I resynced my iPod.
     
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    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    the actual data won't move, its staying on the same external drive.

    any advice on sharing the library with the mini?
     
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    would love to know this as well...wouldn't mind having my music/photos/videos on an external to share throughout the house.
     
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    I have been thinking of doing something like this myself
     
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    easiest way to share it on the same network is to just use home sharing, it lets you drag and drop anything from one itunes to another computers library, it's part of itunes 9.
     
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    it works; edited the first post

    and credit to Wolf96k for the idea
     
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    But that requires said computers to be on...no thanks.
     
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    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    otherwise you would need a NAS which i dont have.... yet
     
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    That or a media center, but I still haven't found a way to keep the libraries consistent between machines, which I was hoping for. Oh well, no biggie.
     
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    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    word. there could also be a better solution but this will work for me atm.

    maybe a server edition of itunes will be out soon.
     

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