Migrate Your iTunes Library from PC to MAC

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Making the switch from PC to Mac and want to bring your iTunes library with you? There’s more than one way to skin this cat, but here’s a relatively painless method we used recently.

This article was written with iTunes 7 in mind. However, the principle should hold for moving comparable versions (ie iTunes 6 Win to iTunes 6 mac) or for moving upstream (iTunes 6 Win to iTunes 7 Mac). Also, the principles describe below also apply to simply moving your iTunes library from one computer to another, Mac-to-Mac, PC-to-PC, or any combination of the two. You can even use this method to clone an iTunes library from one computer to many others.

Mandatory condition!!!!!

  • Your music files, be them mp3, aac or other, are all stored on your main (C:) drive, not an external hard drive.
  • iTunes manages all your music files (ie all you music files are stored in the iTunes Music folder).
  • -or-You are willing to have all your music files moved into your iTunes Music folder on your new Mac.

Here’s a quick method for migrating your iTunes library.

1. Setting the stage

2. If you have an iPod, make it cross-platform

3. Transfer purchased music to iTunes

4. Copying the rest of your music

5. Importing your library onto your Mac
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