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Very Best Way to Move Itunes library from one computer to another using a flashdrive?

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When checking the Apple website, it says the best way to move the itunes library from one computer to another is to use  the internal ackup option to burn it to cds or dvds. I have a very large library, and want to move it via a flashdrive. I can't seem to find a streamlined way to do that.

Best, least complicated method?

Thanks, Erin C-H
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Hello erinch,

I believe you should be able to find the actual files on your hardrive most likely under you my documents under music...or wherever you have pointed ITUNES to store music...You can find that directory by going to ITUNES --> Edit Menu --> Preferences --ADvanced Tab --> General Tab --> ITUNES Music Folder Location...that should be where all your music is.  Also make sure that you had a check box next to "Copy files to ITUNES Music folder when adding to library".  If not you may have files elsewhere.  If you only have stuff purchased from ITUNES then you are fine but if you had a prior MP3 or other music file collection they may be wherever they were normally stored before you used ITUNES.

Copy all the files onto the new PC, Point ITunes to that location on the new PC....then authorize that PC via ITUNES and test....if all is working de-authorize on the old one and you are all set....Or leave them authorized if you are using ITUNES on both PCs and they belong to you.  I was assuming you were selling or disposing of the initial PC and hence might want to deauthorize the computer

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dis1931
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Wow, thanks for the speedy reply!

the situation is that my iTunes library is too large for my laptop, so I need to move my iTunes to my desktop, which necessitates moving my daughters iTunes library on the desktop to the legacy desktop I offloaded on her.

I do have iTunes organized on both computers so all music is in the itunes folder.

I had heard that simply moving the itunes library creates issues with the library correctly pointing on the destination computer, but I will certainly give this a try, and report back.
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Any specific concerns you are thinking of?  I'd be happy to try to address.
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i'll let you know as soon as I try it!
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Well, the move to my daughter's computer, which did not previously have an itunes library went find.

on my desktop, I copied over the itunes folder from the laptop and renamed the folder which had had her music. Even when moved out of my documents completely, itunes still found the old itunes folder.

so i deleted all traced of her itunes library; have gone into preferences to set the location to the folder I've placed in "my music" and itunes opens up blank.

here.s the value for the filepath to the itunes music folder, which is correct:

C:\Documents and Settings\Erin Cox-Holmes\My Documents\My Music\iTunes

what now?
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I think you will need to goto File menu--> Add Folder to Library and then point it to the same folder and it should add all of it to library.  I assume you have the music safely on USB or other media in case you have issues.
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yes; it's all backed up, and I haven't taken the music from the itunes on the laptop.

okay, adding the folder to the library associated all of the music. It tells me I have 1700 podcasts (which I do) but none of them are listed individually, and it wants to force me to subscribe again to all my podcasts.
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mmmmmm...I am not sure I might have to look into that.  I don't do much with podcasts usually one or two and i delete them regularly....I have really only done it with music.
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i posted a plea for help in the itunes lounge. i will keep you apprised. I have the original file intact on the laptop if we need to go at this another way.
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what finally worked was to completely remove from the computer any and all copies of itunes library files which had previiously been pointed to. renaming the file did not do it. I then had to delete the files I'd copied over and do a fresh copy. that worked. thank you for your help!
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