Consolidating two itunes folders
But with one-terabyte external hard drives retailing for less than on Amazon, there are no excuses not to spring for external storage to move that humongous i Tunes library of yours on.This post takes you step-by-step through the process of consolidating your i Tunes library and moving it to an external drive in a way that will preserve your playlists, ratings and other interactions, so you won’t miss a beat.Many people may suggest just copying and pasting the i Tunes media files, which is fine if you just want the plain song, video, or pod cast but you should be warned that you will lose all of your metadata (read: playlists, ratings, play count) if you choose to go this way. In i Tunes on Computer B go to File-i Tunes folder on Computer A’s hard drive.If you have spent a lifetime rating all of your songs and videos or make use of the ‘most played’ playlist that i Tunes automates for you, you’ll be unhappy to see all of that information disappear. This will create an XML file that holds the playlist and rating info on each of your songs, videos, etc. Select the file ending in (in my case, “i Tunes Music Library.xml”) and click Open. Now that your Computer A’s library is successfully saved on the EHD, you’ll need to import it in Computer B’s i Tunes. Connect the external hard drive (EHD) to Computer B. However, if you are among those who choose to pay for benefit of combining your i Tunes libraries, you do have another method you could use.
Home Sharing does not transfer star ratings or playcounts for music.
There’s nothing more frustrating than having to switch computers or log in and out of multiple Apple i Tunes accounts just to access the music, videos, and apps you have downloaded as a different user or on a new device.
There are a number of reasons why one might run into this problem; There could be separate libraries for different members of the family, you could have more than one computer (say, an i Mac and a Mac Book), you could have separate files for work and play, or you could have an i Tunes library stored on an external hard drive to free up your computer from your 1 billion song playlist.
This is i Tunes way of managing your music automatically.
This is done automatically unless you unchecked the "Let i Tunes manage my music" option when installing the program.