If you have spent a lifetime rating all of your songs and videos or make use of the ‘most played’ playlist that i Tunes automates for you, you’ll be unhappy to see all of that information disappear. This will create an XML file that holds the playlist and rating info on each of your songs, videos, etc. Select the file ending in (in my case, “i Tunes Music Library.xml”) and click Open. Now that your Computer A’s library is successfully saved on the EHD, you’ll need to import it in Computer B’s i Tunes. Connect the external hard drive (EHD) to Computer B. However, if you are among those who choose to pay for benefit of combining your i Tunes libraries, you do have another method you could use.Luckily there is a method of merging your i Tunes library without losing metadata. Select both Keep i Tunes Media folder organized and Copy files to i Tunes Media folder when adding to the library. You will also need to organize your libraries, which will make sure that each of your movies, songs, etc. Choose both Consolidate Files and Reorganize files in the folder ‘i Tunes Music’. Make sure all of the file types you’d like to export are checked off, such as Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, i Tunes U, etc. **So as not to be so confusing, I’ll be referring to the computer or user you are moving the library from to “Computer A” and the computer that you are merging the two libraries on as “Computer B”.** , you’ll be able to save yourself a step that can be fairly time consuming (transferring one entire library twice). All of the media files (music, videos, etc.) and its important data will move over to Computer B. Connect the external hard drive (EHD) to Computer A. In i Tunes on Computer B go to File-Add to Library. There are a number of programs that can do the job for you.You are strongly advised to backup your entire library, or at the very least the i Tunes file, before use.Test the behaviour of your chosen script on a small group of files first to make sure it does what you want before applying it to large numbers of files.It is possible itunes did not pick this up or there might be an issue with the previous library.This will move all your i Tunes media files, from wherever they are stored on your computer, to the i Tunes folder.I did have i Tunes set to copy all files to its media directory.After a FFR (Win XP) due to crash, I've copied the i Tunes folder into the new i Tunes folder, but the library was missing several playlists and album covers. Playlists are stored in the itunes iirc, and the album art is meta data in the folders themselves.
Many of the scripts can optionally display a progress bar while running.
Thus, after you consolidated your i Tunes library, all your i Tunes contents will be stored in a single place.
Simply use Copy Trans Tune Swift, if you want to transfer i Tunes to an external drive or another folder on your computer.
There are a number of reasons why one might run into this problem; There could be separate libraries for different members of the family, you could have more than one computer (say, an i Mac and a Mac Book), you could have separate files for work and play, or you could have an i Tunes library stored on an external hard drive to free up your computer from your 1 billion song playlist.
Whatever the reason, I’m going to show you how to fix the problem so your technology can do what it was built to do: make your life easier.