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Transfer iTtunes Playlists And Song Ratings

| March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

This post is part of our multi-post wizard on how to Transfer Your iTunes Music Library. If you have already moved your actual iTunes music files to your new computer, either by reading the post Move Your iTunes Music to a New Computer with Home Sharing, or by other means, then you are ready to start transferring your iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings. Otherwise, check out our Transfer iTunes Wizardto determine what solution works best for you.

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Like many things in life, there is more than one way to do this. This post tells you about the free – albiet somewhat complicated – way that requires a little bit of hacking with an XML file. If you are a Windows user and would rather spend a few bucks on some handy software to save yourself some time and frustration – then we suggest you read Using Software to Transfer iTunes Music and Playlists instead.

  • Export the Library.xml file from your old computer. File > Library > Export Library… Now, get this file over to your new computer somehow. It should be small enough that you can e-mail it to yourself.
  • Export the Library.xml file on your new computer (after you’ve transferred over all of your songs).
  • Open both Library.xml files and examine them. Use a basic text-editing program like TextEdit (Mac) or Notepad (Windows). Don’t use Microsoft Word because it will mess things up. You should see a file path to an actual song file in each of them. Find the file path that leads up to the filename on the Library.xml file from your new computer. So, if it’s C:\Users\[username]\My%20Music\iTunes\iTunes%20Media\Bob%20DylanBringing%20It%20All%20Back%20Home\01%20Subterranean%20Homesick%20Blues.mp3 then the important part is C:\Users\[username]\My%20Music\iTunes\iTunes%20Media.
  • Do a Find/Replace on the file paths in your old computer’s Library.xml file. The Replace command is in Notepad at Edit > Replace… and in TextEdit at Edit > Find > Find…. You’re going to want to “find” the file paths that are in your old computer’s Library.xml, and “replace” them with the file paths from your new computer’s Library.xml file. For example, if you’re transferring from a Windows XP computer, to a Windows 7 computer, you are probably going to “find”C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My%20Documents\My%20Music\iTunes\iTunes%20Media\, and “replace” it with C:\Users\[username]\My%20Music\iTunes\iTunes%20Media.

A little explanation on what is happening here: the Library.xml file on your old computer holds all of that important info you’re interested in, such as Song Rating, Playcount, and Playlists. It keeps these records, along with the location of the file. By doing this find/replace, we are keeping all of that information, but changing the information that locates the actual file – so iTunes will know where it is. So, now:

  • Select all of your music files
  • Press your “Delete” or “Backspace” key. You’ll get a warning dialog box saying something like “Are you sure you want to remove the selected items from your iTunes library?”
    • Click on “Remove.” We know this is scary to do, but – provided you follow the next instructions – it’s only deleting iTunes’ records of the files, not the files themselves.
    • Click on “Keep Files.” This way you’re only deleting iTunes’ records of the files, not the files themselves. We’ll restore iTunes’ records for these files in the next step.
  • Import your modified Library.xml file into your new computer’s iTunes Library. File < Library < Import Playlist…. Locate your modified Library.xml file and click “Choose.” iTunes will now import all of that data you had about your music files (Ratings and Playlists), and will also have to correct file paths for those files. It will probably take several minutes for iTunes to import everything.

You should now have all of your Playlists, Song Ratings, and Play Counts transferred over to your New Computer. It’s that…easy? Keep in mind that there is also a software solution for Windows users for this process, which we explain in detail in our post, Using Software to Transfer iTunes Music and Playlists.

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Move Your iTunes Music To A New Computer With Home Sharing

| March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

This post is part our multi-post guide on how to Transfer Your iTunes Music Library to a New Computer. This post will help you use the Home Sharing feature in iTunes 9 to transfer your actual music files to your new computer. Once you’re done here, you can read about how to transfer the Playlists and Song Ratings by hacking XML, or using software.

This video describes the process, but details are below:

There are a couple of things to remember before you use iTunes Home Sharing to copy your music files to your new computer:

  • both computers need to have iTunes 9 or higher, and
  • both computers have to be on the same network (such as your home’s WiFi network).

First, make sure both computers are upgraded to iTunes 9 or higher. On a Mac, you can find out what version you are using under iTunes > About iTunes – on a Windows computer, this is under Help > About iTunes. If you need to upgrade, you can download the latest version of iTunes here.

Download HeyHowTo, the complete iTunes to PC guide. Please click here to download the PDF eBook.

Get Your iTunes Music Organized

Before you moving on – and this is especially important if you’re later going to be transferring Playlists, Song Ratings, etc. -make sure iTunes is keeping your Library organized. If you aren’t going to be transferring Playlists and Song Ratings, you can skip this step.

Check your iTunes library organization preferences. On your old computer, under the “Advanced” section of your Preferences (iTunes < Preferences… on Mac, Edit < Preferences… on Windows), make sure “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library” are both checked.” If they are not, check them, press “OK.”

Organize your files. Under File < Library < Organize Library…. Choose “Consolidate files”, and “Upgrade to iTunes Media Organization” (if this option is available) and click “OK” again. Also, make sure “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” is checked in your Advanced iTunes Preferences on your new computer as well.

Is this last part totally necessary? It may not be. But, just in case you have music files strewn all around your hard drive, these steps will help make things go much more smoothly when you are transferring other library data such as Song Ratings and Playlists. You may find that the hard drive on your old computer doesn’t have enough room to do this because some copies of files may have to be made, in which case – make room.

Download HeyHowTo, the complete iTunes to PC guide. Please click here to download the PDF eBook.

Turn on iTunes Home Sharing

Now that you have your iTunes library nice and neat, you need to get your new computer recognizing the iTunes library on your old computer. We’ll do this with iTunes Home Sharing.

  • Turn on Home Sharing on both computers under Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing. You will need to enter in your login information for your iTunes Account on both computers and click “Create Home Share.”

Now you should be able to navigate through the music on your old computer from your new computer. You should see your old computer’s library on the left-hand side of your new computer’s iTunes window under “Shared.” The catch is that you can only view your music in one big list. You can’t categorize (though you can sort) by Genre, Artist, or Album.

Copy Your Songs to Your New Computer

Now that you can see the songs from your old computer’s library you can easily copy over individual songs, or groups of songs, by selecting them and dragging them up to your new computer’s library, which is at the top of the left-hand navigation. If just transferring a few Playlists is important to you, you can drag individual playlists from your old computer’s library up to your new computer’s library. However, if you’re thinking of first transferring your songs, then transferring the individual playlists, think again. You’ll end up with a bunch of duplicates. So, we recommend that you:

Drag all of your songs from your old computer’s library to your new computer’s library.

This will probably take awhile if you have a large library, but don’t run away. Unless you’re super organized, you’re likely to get at least couple of messages that say “There was a problem downloading ‘[song name].’ The URL “” could not be found on the server.” Take note of this song if it’s important to you because this message means that iTunes couldn’t find the file associated with it. It could very well be somewhere on your hard drive and iTunes just doesn’t know where it is. When your transfer is done, find it on your old computer, make sure iTunes knows where it is (drag it onto iTunes) and transfer it this same way.

Migrate Your Playlists and Song Ratings

Now you’re done transferring your songs, movies, podcasts, etc. from your old computer to your new computer. But, none of your playlists, song ratings, or play counts have transferred. This probably isn’t acceptable to you (it certainly isn’t for us), so you’ll need to learn how to transfer all of that stuff.

Like many things in life, there’s more than one way to transfer your Playlists and Song Ratings. If you’re decently tech-savvy, there’s a free method involving a little XML hacking that we cover in our post, Transfer iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings.

If you don’t feel like messing with XML files, are a Windows user, and don’t mind paying a few bucks for software to save some time and frustration, you can buy iTunes Transfer software, and read Using Software to Transfer iTunes Playlists.

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Download HeyHowTo, the complete iTunes to PC guide. Please click here to download the PDF eBook.

Transfer iTunes Library

| March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

So, for whatever reason, you need to move that iTunes library that you’ve spent so much time and money on to a new location. Follow the questions in this wizard to find the solution that works best for you.

What are you trying to do?

  • Transfer my iTunes music library from one computer to another

I’m trying to transfer my iTunes music library from one computer to another

It’s very common for someone to need to transfer their music library from one computer to another, and there are a variety of solutions for this problem. To determine what solution works best for you, please answer the following question:

How much of your iTunes music library do you need to transfer?

If I could just transfer my songs from my iTunes library, that would be enough for me

If you only want to move your music files from your iTunes library, and aren’t concerned about Playlists, Play Counts, or Song Ratings, then transferring your iTunes library will be pretty simple.

I want to transfer my songs and my Playlists

If you’re comfortable with editing an XML file (not as complicated as it sounds), you can transfer not only your songs and Playlists, but also Song Ratings, Play Counts, and more with our article, Transfer iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings.

But, if you’d rather have some software help you out, check out our article Using Software to Transfer iTunes Music and Playlists. It will show you how to transfer your songs and Playlists using some simple software.

Even if it takes a little tech-savvy, I need to transfer my songs, Playlists, Song Ratings, Play Counts – everything.

If you’re comfortable with editing an XML file (not as complicated as it sounds), you can transfer your songs, Playlists, Song Ratings, Play Counts, and more with our article, Transfer iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings.

  • If both computers are on the same network, you can use Home Sharing to transfer your music.
  • If you have an external hard drive, or some other means to get your music files to the new computer, you can add those songs to iTunes by choosing File > Add to Library… and selecting your music files.

I’m trying to copy songs off of my iPod onto my computer

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s pretty easy to get songs onto your iPod, but getting them off is another story. To copy songs from your iPod, you need to buy iPod to Computer Software. These software programs are simple to use and pay for themselves in not having to re-purchase music.

I’m trying to move my iTunes library to a different location, whether on the same hard drive, or to a separate hard drive on the same computer

If you’re looking to move your iTunes library to a different location on the same computer, or to a separate hard drive, here’s a good articleon how to do that.

Download HeyHowTo, the complete iTunes to PC guide. Please click here to download the PDF eBook.

Using Software To Transfer iTunes Music And Playlists

| March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

This post is part of our multi-post wizard on how to Transfer Your iTunes Music Library. If you have already moved your actual iTunes music files to your new computer, either by reading the post Move Your iTunes Music to a New Computer with Home Sharing, or by other means, then you are ready to start transferring your iTunes Playlists.

Like many things in life, there is more than one way to do this. This post tells you about how to transfer your Playlists using some simple Windows software (which isn’t free) and a few mouse clicks. If you’re tech-savvy enough to edit an XML file, we also have a how-to on a free method for doing this, covered in our post, Transfer iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings.

  • Get the software: To begin transferring your iTunes music playlists and song ratings using software, purchase and install Transfer iTunes Software.
  1. Click on “Backup,” which is the second button from the top left-hand corner of the window. This will bring up a dialog box requesting you to…
  2. Name the backup and enter your name. Especially if you’ve already moved your iTunes music to your new computer using Home Sharing, you don’t need to back up the actual files, so…
  3. Choose “DB only” and 4) press “OK.”

iTunes Transfer will now automatically open up your iTunes, find your music library, and make a backup of your database of your music and playlists. Be patient if you have a large library, because this may take several minutes.

Download HeyHowTo, the complete iTunes to PC guide. Please click here to download the PDF eBook.

Transfer Your Music and Your Backed-up Database File

Now you need the database file that iTunes Transfer has created for you. To find this, go to My Documents > iTunesBackup > [The name you gave your database]. In that folder will be a file called “iTunes.” This will be a small enough file you could e-mail it to yourself if you wanted to. If you did happen to have selected “DB and files,” then you will also see all of the folders of your music along with this database file. You need to get the contents of this whole folder over to your new computer.

Now you need to get the database file that iTunes Transfer has created over to your new computer. You should find an “iTunes.mdb” file in “My Documents/iTunesBackup/NameYouGaveBackup” This file should be small enough that you could simply email it to yourself.

Once you have your MDB file on your new computer, you need to place it in your iTunes music folder. From iTunes, select a song, Right+click, and select “Show in Windows Explorer.” Navigate back a few directories until you’re in a directory that shows folders for all of your musical artists. Drag your MDB file to this folder.

Now, open your MDB file with the iTunes Transfer Software. From the iTunes Transfer Software, click the “Import” button, and navigate to the folder that holds your MDB file (and all of your artist folders). In Windows XP, this will likely be C:\Home\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music Once you’ve found this folder you will probably not be able to see your MDB file, but click “OK” anyway. You should now see your backup file from your old computer in your list. Select this file and click the “Restore” icon. You’ll get a message that says “Restore iTunes backup will clear all tracks and playlists in the iTunes now, would you like to continue?” Click “Yes.” iTunes Transfer will now restore all of your Song Ratings and Playlists and associate them with the appropriate music files.

Once you have your music files and the Database file that the iTunes Transfer Software created for you over on your new computer, you’re ready to import it all into iTunes. Make sure all of your music artist folders are together in the same folder as the Database file. Install both iTunes and the iTunes Transfer Software on your new computer, and open iTunes Transfer. 1) Select the database that you have backed up and transferred.2) Select “Import,” which is the first button on the top-right hand side of the window, and locate the folder in which you have placed all of your music and the Database file, and press “OK.” You should now see your iTunes library listed in the iTunes Transfer window. Now, simply 3) press “Restore” (the fourth icon from the left), and iTunes Transfer will automatically export your files, song ratings, and playlist to the iTunes Library on your new computer. It’s that easy!

Download HeyHowTo, the complete iTunes to PC guide. Please click here to download the PDF eBook.