Consolidating all music into itunes


27-Jan-2017 15:23

While you might be able to get away with moving a consolidated library between OS's (since everything's a relative path), moving anything with absolute paths isn't going to work.To get the "correct" new full path, re-import one song from the "new" location, find it in the i Tunes Library xml file, copy that working path, and use that to construct your find/replace for all the others. Bonus question: Anyone know what this will do when I try to sync my i Phone to the same library on the new Mac?I recently got a new Mac Mini, and I'd like to move my i Tunes from my (still in use) Windows 7 machine to the Mac.The problem I am coming across with all the instructions I am finding is that they include somewhere in their first few steps "Consolidate your library".If you mess up, just move the original back overtop the one you edited. EDIT: Unless you mean move the library files, let i Tunes "mess them up" by adding "file://localhost" in front of everything and then editing that out of the XML?I'll try this when I get home, but I'm a little confused on why this is necessary at all. On Windows, all my music is located in "\homeserver\music", and on the Mac, all my music will still be located in "\homeserver\music". Despite the fact that the SMB path isn't different, I'm fairly certain the underlying representation of that path that is stored in the library isn't the same across platforms. To get the "correct" new full path, re-import one song from the "new" location, find it in the i Tunes Library xml file, copy that working path, and use that to construct your find/replace for all the others. If this is indeed the issue, the benefit of this method is the playlists and playcounts/ratings remain intact.

It seems like I should be able to just move my library directory/files from Windows machine to the Mac and have it continue to find my music on the network (the Mac can see the Music share on the WHS just fine), but when I tried this, i Tunes on the Mac reported everything as missing.I've "moved" my library locally several times by simply backing up the i Tunes file, opening it in a text editor, and doing a find/replace for the correct new path.If you mess up, just move the original back overtop the one you edited.Uncheck the 'Copy Files to i Tunes Library" and 'ITunes Manages music" checkboxes5. File Add to Library, select the drive and wait :\Now this doesn't port over playlists and stuff which sucks, and the .

XML idea is probably much better now that I think of it, but this will allow you to keep the files where they're physically located.- CG I've "moved" my library locally several times by simply backing up the i Tunes file, opening it in a text editor, and doing a find/replace for the correct new path. F8660_fbz_button[type="button"]:active, .ezoic-wrapper . F8660_fbz_button[disabled=disabled], .ezoic-wrapper . F8660_fbz_button[type="button"]:disabled, .ezoic-wrapper . F8660_fbz_button[type="button"]:disabled:focus, .ezoic-wrapper . F8660_fbz_button[disabled]:disabled, .ezoic-wrapper . I've done something like this to move my i Tunes library from a PC where I had my Music folder in a non-standard location, but I wasn't doing the second step that you want -- I just copied the music files into the default location on my Mac, and then copied over the i Tunes library file from the PC, and it was able to find all the same files even though they were now in "/Users/.../i Tunes Music" instead of "S:\Music."So it might work to set up i Tunes on both computers to store your library on the network share, then just copy the i Tunes library file.