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Q: Transferring iTunes music library to new PC

Hi all I'm hoping someone can help me out with this one Got a new PC and I'm having some trouble with iTunes finding my music library Both machines were are running Windows XP well the old machine was running home edition new one is running Pro not that it probably matters and the latest version of iTunes I followed the steps on the Apple website for transferring the music and library http support apple com kb HT viewlocale en US the only difference being I used a portable HDD rather than my iPod I've gone to library music iTunes new Transferring PC through this process before a couple of times when I've had Transferring iTunes music library to new PC to format my hard drive for whatever reason and I've never had an issue until now I copied the iTunes folder over the the My Music folder like normal so the library files should all be correct Install iTunes and sure enough my library shows up just like normal Only problem is iTunes can't seem to locate the mp files themselves properly anymore Here's what I think is happening On my old PC the iTunes library files were stored in My Documents My Music like normal however due to lack of hard drive space I stored the actual mp files on a different hard drive in the machine in this case d mp This worked fine when I formatted that machine because iTunes was still pointed to the same hard drive for the music files as nothing changed on that hard drive when I formatted the primary drive with Windows on it In this case I've moved all the mp s to the default iTunes directory My Documents My Music iTunes iTunes Music since I don't have the hard drive space restraints I was dealing with before I confirmed that iTunes is pointing to the proper directory under Edit Preferences Advanced settings however every time I click on a song it's telling me it can't find the mp file and is asking me to locate it manually As far as I can see there's no way to do this easily without selecting one song at a time and locating the file for it I don't have the time or patience to go through my entire library and manually find all the files so is there an easier way to do this I was thinking if I delete my old library it may even be easier to re-add all the songs to a new one because at least that way I could select entire folders rather than one song at a time Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated Thanks

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A: Transferring iTunes music library to new PC

Delete your iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml from the computer with the problem and then re-add the music. They are normally stored in the My Music\iTunes folder but I don't know where they would be stored on your machine. It sounds like you copied the library files over from the computer with all your music on the C drive so the new computer will look for the files on the C drive. The only way to stop this is to delete the library and have it re-find the songs.
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A:Solved: iTunes Library Help (iTunes library can't find some songs)
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A:Solved: Windows media music library vs music folders

Mp3 music files have tags that are kept inside the files themselves. The most common ones are Artist, Album, Track Title, Track Number, Release Year and Genre. When you put a file into the WMP library, the tags are read and stored, along with the file location.

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Please help me!

iTunes version: x64

A:My iTunes is not adding all my albums to my iTunes library

1) Are all the affected files .mp3s
2) Have you tried moving any of these files into a different folder and re-adding
3) Do the files open up ok manually with iTunes??
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A:Downgrading iTunes without losing iTunes Library.itl???

I'm not sure exactly how you use I-tunes.

I use an 8 or 10 year old version (4.9). It works fine on Win 7 SP 1 64-bit. No crashes.

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A:No album art in music library or Xbox Music!

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A:transferring music

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A:Transferring Music To External Hd...

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A:Solved: Transferring music

No, the computer doesn't limit you on how much music you can transfer.

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A:Transferring Music/pictures To A New Pc

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A:Transferring Music from one comp. to another

You don't want an audio CD for transfers, just a data CD. So either choose data CD in options if you can, or use an ordinary burning app to burn the files. They should look the same on the CD as they do on your machine for the transfer and not be divided into tracks.

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A:iTunes library on a NAS box?

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A:iTunes Library

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A:Transferring music from Zune player to pc

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A:transferring music files to new computer

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A:PC crashes when transferring songs to ipod or using itunes..

Hello and welcome to techspot.

I personally can't read those error code but i think basically it's the iTunes corruption error.

Have you try turning off ALL iTunes related services and processes and insert iPod? If problem persists, well maybe somehow you need to completely uninstall all iTunes - quicktime - macintosh related software.

(usually after installing iTunes ipod services is automatically turned on.)
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A:iPod: Transferring songs back to iTunes


Originally Posted by tdb

I have another question. I replace a bad HDD so all of my 360 song on a 4 gig Nano went up in flames . Is there any way to tranfer those songs from my iPod Nano back to the iTunes 8.1? Is there some legal third party software that can do this? I haven't dowload iTunes as of yet. As always thanks big time guys & gals.


Yes, there is and it's call iDump and it's free:
Go over to youtube and they're several video's with step by step instructions how to use. Very simple.
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A:Transfering itunes library

It should be easiest to simply move your entire Music collection to the My Music folder in Windows 8 then install iTunes and it will usually pick up your music collection straight away and add it to it's own Library.

I've done this before and never had any problems with DRM.
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A:Itunes library problem


You would first need to add the music - you have changed the music location but you have not added them back into your library. There are a few ways this can be done:

1.) If you have access to your old machine - where your music is stored there will be a file named iTunes Music Library.xml and another file called iTunes Library (if you are unsure of where these files might be I would suggest searching your machine, however, they will be within the iTunes folder which can usually be located under My Music). Copy both of these over to the new machine (again, where the files are located on the new machine) ensuring iTunes is shut before overwriting the existing files and upon opening iTunes the music should be there.

2.) Open the file menu and click Add to Library, point it to where your music is (you stated F drive) and it should then add the files back into your iTunes library.

Once you have completed either step your will need to "Authorize this Computer" which can be located under the store menu. This will allow you to play songs previously purchased in iTunes and also purchase new songs.

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A:Itunes Library Dissappeared!

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A:Who can help me repair my iTunes library?

Quote: Originally Posted by KnowledgeWorker

Hi there,

I managed it to damage my iTunes library. Especially my Podcast details are gone, although everything is still in place. Also the re-import failed, the only thing that it did was duplicate the existing titles without merging them with the "old" titles, which do include ratings etc., but have a broken path somehow.

Config: I do use an iPod Classic and no iPhone. I use Windows 7 x64, the *.mp3 and *.m4a files are on my network share (NAS) and I have no full library backup. Yet I'm sure all the details are still in the database files - it is just that I defaulted it.

I'd be really happy if someone would be willing to help me, much appreciated!
I'd send you the last "backup" (I made after seeing the first problems occuring) or the current library files, so you could have a deep look into it! The most important thing for me is to get back my podcast details (listened to / unlistened, i.e. marked as (un)read). If there would be a way to merge that into a new database I'd be happy as well, although I'd love to preserve my music ratings as well!

Side note: I want to keep the music files on my network share (NAS) to stream it to the other PCs and remotely. Yet one can't rate via the streaming access, is there a way to replace this by the new "Home Sharing" or in another way?...

Thanks for your help in advance!

Kind regards

Gutentag meine freund aus Deutchland! Hey not bad for a AMI!
We are not sure what you mean when you say you damaged your library?
ITunes keeps your library on your hard drive?
If so, how did the damage occur?
Also, if you have all your podcasts on your IPod all you would need to do is a sync operation.
All your music, videos etc. reside on your hard drive.
Let us know what you discover,
Vielen Danke.
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A:Can't seem to restore my iTunes Library - HELP!

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A:Moving my itunes library.

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A:itunes shared library

legally, no.

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A:Itunes Library Move

Copy the playlist in the itunes folder ( My Documents ---> My Music ---> Itunes) to your harddrive, then load the playlist once on your Desktop, and bam there you, simply plug into your desktop and your set.
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A:Moving My iTunes Library

iTunes for Windows: Moving your iTunes Music folder

If you lost your music and still have it on the can load the Ipod and get the music back

If you made an error ...sorry to say ...but many times the music is gone

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A:How to export an iTunes library

File > export or File > Export library. You can also right click the playlist you want and select "export song list".

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Provided you still have access to the itunes you want to export from...

as for the deautorizing bit, some googling leads me to find that you can't deauthorize a itunes you no longer have access to, but you can deauthorize all your pcs then simply start again.. although according to some sites it will allow the "all deauthorization" to work a once a year thing.. read up yourself..

google: deauthorizing itunes account
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A:iTunes Library Error

hard way to learn; NEVER cancel a MOVE operation
(cancelling a COPY is ok as the original is still in place which leads to a better paradigm;
use COPY then DELETE whenever you have sufficient HD space )

the 'iTunes Library.itl' is a binary file and located (normally) at
My Documents\My Music\iTunes ​which contains
Album Artwork\
iTunes Library Extras.itdb
itunes Genius.itdb
iTunes Library.itl
iTunes Music Library.xml
​I would use SEARCH to find these files and copy them back to their proper location
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A:Importing iTunes library

2 options I see here.

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A:Itunes library lost

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A:ITunes Library Rebuild

if you goto
advanced tab

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and then add the folder
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A:Solved: itunes library

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A:Itunes Library Locked?

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