Transferring my Winamp library into iTunes?
November 11, 2012 2:16 AM Subscribe
Winamp, I love you but you're bringing me down. I'm finally ready to make the switch to iTunes, but I'd like to preserve my ratings, play counts, and last play data. How to best migrate my media library?
posted by muckster to computers & internet (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know -- iTunes is the devil etc etc. But after years of standing up for Winamp, I just can't take it anymore. There's always some other thing that's not working. Right now, it's barely starting up at all, and I just want something that works, no matter how corporate or bloated.
So, how to best migrate? I have a ~600 GB music library with over ten years worth of ratings, playcounts and lastplay info. I'd like to keep as much of that as possible so I can set up equivalent smart playlists in iTunes. But there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this...
* Winamp lets you export an iTunes-format xml library, but I haven't found a way to import this into iTunes.
* Winamp now also offers a way to write ratings to the mp3 files themselves. I have this turned off because I think it messes with lastplay info, or at least filetimes. But if this was a workable way to get the ratings transferred, I'd would sacrifice lastplay/filetimes to keep the ratings.
* I sync my iPod through Winamp with ml_ipod, so maybe there's a way to sync those ratings back with iTunes? No idea if this could work.
I've asked these questions on the Winamp forums, but there's an annoying attitude of "we don't even let iTunes NEAR our computers so we wouldn't know" there. I'd appreciate any help. Ratings transfer is especially important to me; without it I won't make the switch. Lastplay info and playcounts would be nice, but I guess I could sacrifice them. Thanks all.