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Old 30-03-2013, 12:49
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I am currently doing the most boring job in history - i.e. copying all my CD's to iTunes.

Now the puzzle. I have iTunes on my iMac and on a Windows Laptop. I am using the Laptop to copy the CD's. However, when I have finished I want the music files to reside on the Mac where all my music currently resides and no music on the Laptop. How do I move the imported music from the Laptop to the Mac where it will reside permantly?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 30-03-2013, 14:15
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Either copy and paste over your wifi network, or use a USB drive as an intermediary.

If you use an external hard drive it would have to be formatted to something like FAT32 that both Windows and Mac could use.
Just a USB stick should work fine, depending on the amount of data concerned.
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Old 30-03-2013, 14:43
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Either copy and paste over your wifi network, or use a USB drive as an intermediary.

If you use an external hard drive it would have to be formatted to something like FAT32 that both Windows and Mac could use.
Just a USB stick should work fine, depending on the amount of data concerned.
Cheers for that. Will I have to import them from the media to the Mac or just paste them? I'm just wondering if I simply paste them whether or not iTunes will be able to locate them if there is no pathway?
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Old 30-03-2013, 14:47
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Put them in the folder on the Mac where iTunes music is stored. In Windows it's 'My Music > iTunes' but I don't know where it's stored on a Mac. That's all you should have to do for iTunes to pick them up.
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Old 30-03-2013, 14:53
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I moved mine by copying the folder then I started iTunes while holding down control so it prompts for the location of the iTunes library, selected it then. All done
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Old 30-03-2013, 15:04
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I moved mine by copying the folder then I started iTunes while holding down control so it prompts for the location of the iTunes library, selected it then. All done
Copied the entire folder or the contents within it?
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Old 30-03-2013, 15:14
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Copied the entire folder or the contents within it?
I copied the entire iTunes folder. The top folder should contain a .itl(?) file and it's that file it looks for when you restart iTunes.
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Old 30-03-2013, 15:39
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I copied the entire iTunes folder. The top folder should contain a .itl(?) file and it's that file it looks for when you restart iTunes.
That's what I thought you meant. Will there then not be two itunes media folders doing it that way i.e. the original on the Mac and the one you have copied over? I'm simply trying to keep things tidy so was thinking of just having the one folder at the finish.
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Old 30-03-2013, 23:43
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It's far easier to use Home Sharing to transfer the library.
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Old 31-03-2013, 00:08
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It's far easier to use Home Sharing to transfer the library.
Totally agree.
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Old 31-03-2013, 09:10
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In the end I copied to USB, then selected add to library, point iTunes to the USB and remember to tick preferences advanced to place a copy on HD. Click OK and sit back. It all worked a treat, 24 gigs later, phew! what a job, still you only do this once.
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Old 31-03-2013, 11:23
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I'm wondering now about giving iTunes Plus a try, anyone tried it, if so what do you think?
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Old 31-03-2013, 14:03
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I'm wondering now about giving iTunes Plus a try, anyone tried it, if so what do you think?
Ooops! Think that should have said iTunes Match.
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Old 31-03-2013, 15:15
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That's what I thought you meant. Will there then not be two itunes media folders doing it that way i.e. the original on the Mac and the one you have copied over? I'm simply trying to keep things tidy so was thinking of just having the one folder at the finish.
Depends where you copy it to :P I have partioned my drive so if I have to reinstall I won't lose anything
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Old 31-03-2013, 15:34
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Having now digitised all my music I'm toying with the idea of the A7 from Butler & Wilkins.
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Old 31-03-2013, 17:05
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Having now digitised all my music I'm toying with the idea of the A7 from Butler & Wilkins.
Bowers
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Old 31-03-2013, 17:21
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You're dead right of course. I've been getting things mixed up all day today. I think I need to be looking at homes for the bewildered not new wireless streaming devices.
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