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Copy MacMini OSX Mavericks iTunes 11.1.3(8) Music Library to PC Windows 7 iTunes 11.1.3.8 Library

Having edited/cleaned up my OSX Mavericks iTunes 11.1.3(8) Music Library, I want to copy this Music Library to PC Windows 7 iTunes 11.1.3.8 Library. I want this copy to replace the current PC Windows 7 iTunes 11.1.3.8 Library and keep the original OSX Mavericks iTunes 11.1.3(8) Music Library as is. End result should be duplicate and seperate Music Libraries on MacMini and PC. Sharing/Home Group is not an option I want to use. MacMini/PC on same WiFi network. There is also a server folder (MacMini Files) available on both computers.

I have seen any number of articles about move/transfer but none clear about the above process. Considering computers are only 3ft apart, should be easy eh? :-;

How do I do it?
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Eoin OSullivan earned 2000 total points
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The iTunes index of all the music is stored in an XML file which stores all the information on the  individual music files.  As this contains the absolute path to each file .. and OSX and Windows file/folder systems are substantially different .. it is not possible to copy the music and xml file from OSX to Windows and simply replace the Windows file.  iTunes on Windows cannot use the OSX generated library file.


The simplest option is to copy the entire Music folder from OSX to Windows with all the music and media files and the XML files. Make sure iTunes is not running when you do this.
Then hold down the Shift key and from the Start menu, choose All Programs > iTunes > iTunes.
You should see a screen which gives you an option to open an existing library or CREATE A NEW LIBRARY
Choose to create a new one, then select the iTunes Music folder where all the media files resides and iTunes will scan and index the entire music folder and build a library.

Unfortunately you cannot get playlists and play-counts etc as part of this process.
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Thanks for your clear and helpful response. As my goal is to create separate independently editable playlists for my iPhone 5s (MacMini) and iPod Touch 5g (windows), your suggestions will help.
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