Consolidating itunes libraries mac
There are a few third-party software programs that will make the process of merging i Tunes libraries easier.
Among the key features of these programs are that they will retain all of the metadata--star ratings, playcounts, comments, etc.--that are lost using other transfer methods.
Plug the hard drive into the computer that will store the new i Tunes library.
Find the i Tunes folder on the external hard drive, and the i Tunes Music folder inside it.
As that happens, you'll need to know how to consolidate i Tunes libraries from multiple machines into a single, large i Tunes library on the new computer.
Due to the large size of most i Tunes libraries, consolidating them isn't as simple as burning a CD and loading it on the new computer.
Unlike the external hard drive method above, these programs let you retain star ratings, play counts, playlists, etc. (If you don't, I'd recommend starting before a hard drive failure makes you sorry you didn't.
Check out the top 3 backup services for a starting point.) If you use an online backup service, merging i Tunes libraries can be as simple as downloading the latest backup from one computer to another (if your library is very big, you may want to use DVDs with your data on them that some services offer).
There are dozens of these i Pod copying programs--some are free, most cost US ---and all do essentially the same thing: copying all the music, movies, playlists, star ratings, play counts, etc.
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The drawback is that it probably won't work for everything (most people have music from CDs and other stores), but it can reduce the transferring you need to do in other ways.
This contains all music, movies, podcasts, and TV shows.
Select the folders that you want to move from the i Tunes Music folder (this is usually the entire folder, unless you want to select only certain artists/albums) and drag them to the "Library" section of i Tunes.