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    Migrating iTunes from iMac to new iMac

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    Migrating iTunes from iMac to new iMac
    All my music on my current iMac was either burned from CD, downloaded from Amazon.com, or mp3 tracks manually entered (mp3s from friends or my own compositions.) The only stuff downloaded from iTunes is free podcasts.

    I want to migrate my iTunes collection to my new iMac and then move it to iCloud.

    That being said...
    1. I've created a new Apple ID for my new iMac. Is migrating possible?
    2. I want my iTunes collection to stay intact. Is that possible?
    3. What are the steps to take to accomplish this?

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    Migrating iTunes from iMac to new iMac
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    Since the music is all mp3 and not purchased through the iTunes store the presence of two Apple IDs isn't a problem. Just out of curiosity, any reason for creating the second Apple ID? Having one Apple ID makes things easier when downloading apps.

    It is possible to keep the collection intact. Here are Apple's suggestions. Look at either the sections on Home Sharing or External hard drive. These directions seem to be a bit better.

    When preparing to move your library I believe you can preserve the playlists you've created by going into your existing iTunes folder, copying the iTunes Library.xml file and moving it to the new computer.
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    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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    Migrating iTunes from iMac to new iMac

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    Thanks Slydude. It was remarkably easy when following those instructions. I created a new Apple ID because I never used the old one.

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    Migrating iTunes from iMac to new iMac
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardrains View Post
    Thanks Slydude. It was remarkably easy when following those instructions. I created a new Apple ID because I never used the old one.
    Glad that helped. Given my propensity for creating convoluted solutions to simple problems I am rarely accused of providing remarkably easy instructions.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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