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    Consolidating iTunes libraries?
    So I have two separate iTunes libraries, one on my iMac and one on my PowerBook each about 9.5GB respectively. However there's a chance I may be selling the PowerBook soon so I was curious if there's a way to consolidate both libraries without duplicating songs. As in, copying the library off my PowerBook to my iMac and uploading it to the iMac's iTunes but only the songs that the iMac doesn't have are added to the library. Make any sense? Is there a way to do that or is basically 'what you see is what you get'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sexy Patrol View Post
    So I have two separate iTunes libraries, one on my iMac and one on my PowerBook each about 9.5GB respectively. However there's a chance I may be selling the PowerBook soon so I was curious if there's a way to consolidate both libraries without duplicating songs. As in, copying the library off my PowerBook to my iMac and uploading it to the iMac's iTunes but only the songs that the iMac doesn't have are added to the library. Make any sense? Is there a way to do that or is basically 'what you see is what you get'?

    Thanks!
    If I understand correctly, you just want to move the music from PB to your iMac and add the music from your PB to the iMacs library? This can be done easily with an external hdd, just drag the iTunes folder from the PB onto the external, disconnect it, plug it into the iMac and add that folder to you library. Without and external, you could use a firewire cable, attach the two computers with that. Hold T while booting the PB and a blue screen will come up and the PB will be recognized by the iMac as an external drive. Then from there, navigate to your music folder and add it to iTunes. Either would work, but if you have duplicate songs on either computer they will be added twice (unless the ID3 tags are exactly the same). At that point you could use "view" "show duplicates" and go through and manually delete the duplicate songs...

    hth, ste

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste6168 View Post
    If I understand correctly, you just want to move the music from PB to your iMac and add the music from your PB to the iMacs library? This can be done easily with an external hdd, just drag the iTunes folder from the PB onto the external, disconnect it, plug it into the iMac and add that folder to you library. Without and external, you could use a firewire cable, attach the two computers with that. Hold T while booting the PB and a blue screen will come up and the PB will be recognized by the iMac as an external drive. Then from there, navigate to your music folder and add it to iTunes. Either would work, but if you have duplicate songs on either computer they will be added twice (unless the ID3 tags are exactly the same). At that point you could use "view" "show duplicates" and go through and manually delete the duplicate songs...

    hth, ste
    Huh, that's a pretty sweet solution. Thanks man!

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    no problem, let us know if you have any problems...

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