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    Porting iTunes windows information to Mac

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    Porting iTunes windows information to Mac
    My windows laptop has finally bit the dust and I'm contemplating jumping on the mac train!

    With that said, I have years of iTunes information (playcounts, ratings, date of add) associated within iTunes that I'd like to preserve and take with me to a new computer.

    So the question is, is this at all entirely possible? I'm comfortable writing code myself to perform the lookups and alterations between two different files. However,I haven't found anything in my searches thus far that let's me know what I can actually edit (if anything).

    Any ideas?

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    Porting iTunes windows information to Mac
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    It's been a little while, but if I recall, Windows writes the iTunes folder to My Music. If you copy that folder in its entirety to the Mac and place it in the Music folder, replacing the iTunes folder that's there, you should be able to launch iTunes, have it rebuild the database and keep on trucking.

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    agreed.... though I think it's the contents of the iTunes Music folder on Windows you need.
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    Porting iTunes windows information to Mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvenStranger View Post
    It's been a little while, but if I recall, Windows writes the iTunes folder to My Music. If you copy that folder in its entirety to the Mac and place it in the Music folder, replacing the iTunes folder that's there, you should be able to launch iTunes, have it rebuild the database and keep on trucking.
    Thanks Even, I've used that method before when I would reformat my computer. As long as the files were in the same path, it works like a charm.

    If/When I move to the Mac, I know for sure it won't be able to find any of the files since well, different file structures! Now I know if it was reaaaalllly patient, I could probably click on every file and point it towards the right directory, but that would take an excessively long time. This is the scenario I'm trying to account for.

    Just an FYI -- I do have the library files backed up on an external even though my main machine is dead

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