Copying Music from your old PC to new Mac

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Note: iTunes for Mac will not open .wma files. If you do manage to convert them they will sound poor anyway so its probably best to re-copy them onto your computer from the source

If you are copying the files from PC to PC see Copying Music from your old Windows PC to new Windows PC

There are a couple of different ways to copy your Music, in from iTunes on your old PC to your new Mac, the first is by far the simplest.

If you have an iPod that Stores all your Music

In iTunes on your PC

1. Copy all your Music and Playlists to your iPod from your PC

2. Eject your iPod and connect it to your Mac

Note: If you don't want to use this computer to play your iTunes Music Store Purchases anymore go to the Advanced Menu and choose the Deauthorise Computer option.

On your New Mac

3. If iTunes doesn't load automatically load iTunes.

4. Press no to not link your iPod with your new Mac, or erase it's contents, if these options appear you don't want to do that.

5. Follow the instructions on Recovering Songs from an iPod

If not and your old PC and new Mac are not networked but you have a CD-Burner, iPod, DVD-Burner or portable hard drive.

Follow steps 1 to 8 in the section below, then

9. Burn/Copy all the files to your new Mac in some way.

10. Once on your new Mac create a new folder on your Desktop and re-assemble your files in this folder as they were stored on your PC.

Follow steps 19 to 24 in the section below, noting that you may want to move rather than copy the files from your Desktop.

If not and your old PC and new Mac are networked

In iTunes on your PC

1. Load up Preferences (go to Edit==> Preferences to do this)

2.Click on the Advanced tab

3.Note the Path marked in the iTunes Music Location Box.

4.Check that Keep Music Organised is ticked, then close the preferences window.

5.Go to Advanced Menu==>Consolidate Library, this will copy all of your music to your Library folder.

6. Go to File Menu==>Export Library and save the Library File in your Library Folder as you noted above.

Note: If you don't want to use this computer to play your iTunes Music Store Purchases anymore go to the Advanced Menu and choose the Deauthorise Computer option.


In My Computer

7. Load My Computer if you haven't already.

8. Navigate to your iTunes Music Folder, as you previously noted.

Now there are several ways of copying your Music to your new Computer.

9. Right click anywhere in the folder you are in (not on another file)

10. Choose Properties from the context menu.

11. Tick the Boxes to share the folder you are in and allow write access.

12. Choose the Sharing Tab, choose a name to share your computer as, I recommend calling it 'iTunes Library' (without quotations).


On your new Mac

13.Open Finder, and choose Network in the Sidebar.

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14. Go to the folder marked 'MSHome' or 'Workgroup' or whatever your Windows Domain is called, if your on a home network there will only be one such folder (unlike on my screenshot), just click on it.

15.Double click on the icon named for your PC and enter the login details for your PC when they come up.

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If no such icon or folder in the previous 2 steps is present you need to enable File and Printer Sharing on your Windows PC. If that doesn't work you could also try switching off your firewall, please disconnect from the Internet first before doing so.

16. Select your share 'iTunes Library' from the drop down list.

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17. This should then mount on your Mac, select it in the sidebar.

18. Find the Library.xml file in this folder and copy it to your Desktop.

19. Copy the other contents of the this folder.

20. Find out where the iTunes Library Folder is on your New Mac (iTunes==>iTunes Menu==>Preferences==>Advanced)

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21. Navigate to that folder in Finder.

22. Paste the contents from the network drive into this folder.

23. Once this has finished drag the Library.xml file on your desktop over the iTunes Library

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After waiting for iTunes to process this your Music will have been copied to your Mac complete with playlists and ratings.