How to copy (not transfer) iTunes library from Mac1 to Mac2?

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All articles  have seen refer to 'Transfer' iTunes library from Mac 1 to Mac2 - I want to copy so Mac 2 iTunes begins life as new base for music which can be updated independently of Mac1.

Quite by accident, I discovered that an iTunes library could be used on another Mac as long as source Mac was still on local network. This is not what I want.

Again, how do I copy (leaving source library available independently) from Mac1 to Mac2. I would expect both instances of iTunes library to be independently updated.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
I have not tried to do this.  However, in the article below (as a guide to this subject), Use COPY instead of MOVE (all relevant steps) and leave the old library on the old computer.

https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204318

I do not know (if not on a network) whether the old iTunes will keep working.
Share the Music folder on the source Mac.  From the 2nd Mac connect to the Source Mac's shared Music Folder.  Open the Music folder on the local Mac.  Drag the iTunes folder from the source Mac to the Music Folder.  This will initiate a copy, because it is comping from a remotely mounted computer.

If you get interrupted, you will need to start over.  I usually use command line tools, rather than drag and drop, since they're more powerful.

Once you've shared the folder and connected to it, you can use the rsync command to copy the files.  If the copy is interrupted you can run it again and it won't copy anything that's already been done, thereby shortening the copying time.
rsync -a /Volumes/Share_Name/iTunes ~/Music/
Qian BaoTechnical Specialist
Commented:
Sounds like something that can be done by transferring the music folder at /Users/username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music to the other Mac through local network share or simply an USB drive. Your entire music library will show up in the new Mac but their ratings and play count will reset.
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@Qian Bao,
That's because you're only copying the music files in the folder underneath.  If you want to  keep the metadata, you must copy all the metadata files within the iTunes folder.
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Thanks to all who contributed - lots of good info!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help you.

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