Keeping the RATINGS when moving iTunes stuff to a new Mac
May 24, 2010 3:27 AM Subscribe
Helping my father re-create iTunes on his new iMac—AND keep all of his song ratings.
posted by blueberry to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My father just got a new 27" iMac and he loves it.
He's has all of the files from his old iMac backed up on an external drive.
On Friday he went to an Apple One-on-One appointment and the guy there told him he could just drag his iTunes folder over from the backup to the new Mac and that would transfer everything. That didn't quite work.
Instead, now iTunes will only launch when he has this backup drive plugged in and mounted. Basically (even though he copied all of the MP3s and the iTunes library to the new iMac), I think the "master file-location list" kept by the copied library file is still pointing to the MP3s on the backup drive. (which does makes sense)
Anyway, while it would be nice if there were some "Hey iTunes, forget where you think the files are... and please scan the following folder to find the actual files..." option, I'm guessing there isn't.*
The problem is that my dad has several hundred songs that he's rated and he uses these ratings to drive "Smart playlists" he has set up
(things like "Jazz music, 3 stars or higher").
So, here's what I'm thinking of doing, but I wanted to run it by AskMe first so I can be sure it will work.
My idea breaks down into two basic steps.
1. Take a look at the "Smart" playlists he has set up and take a note of their specific criteria (ex:
Genre=Jazz, Rating=3 or more stars) so that I can re-create them later
1. Create five different non-Smart playlists—one for each possible star-rating (
"1star", "2star", "3star", "4star", "5star")
2. Display all of the songs in his library
3. Sort all of the songs by rating
4. Highlight all of the 5-star songs and then drag them to the
"5star" playlist. (Then do the same thing for the 1, 2, 3, and 4-star songs, respectively.)
5. One by one, export these five "star-rating playlists" to text files
6. Quit iTunes
7. Rename the
"iTunes" folder on the iMac to
"iTunesBackup" and drag it to the Desktop
8. Unmount the external (backup) hard drive
9. Launch iTunes on his iMac while holding down the
(this will pop up a dialog asking me to choose an iTunes library file or create a new one)
10. Open the
"iTunesBackup" folder that is on the Desktop and drag the
"iTunes Music" folder that is within onto the iTunes window (thus copying all of the MP3s to this new, empty iTunes library)
11. Once all of the songs have been imported into iTunes, do the following:
File > Library > Import Playlist... and, one by one, import those five different star-rating playlists
12. Select a playlist (ex
"5star") and then select all of the songs within it and do a batch change of their rating to 5 stars
(and do the same routine for the other star-ratings)
13. Re-create the "Smart playlists" from the notes I took back at the beginning (I think he only has about ten Smart playlists so this would only take a couple of minutes)
14. Delete the
"iTunesBackup" folder that is on the Desktop
See any flaws in my thinking/planning?
Thank you in advance for any comments/suggestions/corrections (and for your reading this far!).
Note: I'm not worried about time spent on (or extra space used by) the files copying from one place to the other—I just want a pretty iron-clad "it's gonna work" solution. Also, I'm not worried about losing the Play Count, Last Played, or Date Added information—I just want the ratings.
*Note to Steve Jobs: Please put some sort of
Export Song Ratings option into the next version of iTunes.