iTunes Library

1. iTunes Tips
  1. 1.1 best itunes alternatives
  2. 1.2 copy itunes playlist
  3. 1.3 itunes playlist disappeared
  4. 1.4 sync playlist to iphone
  5. 1.5 share itunes playlist
  6. 1.6 itunes playlist
  7. 1.7 itunes tag
  8. 1.8 itunes radio to mp3
  9. 1.9 ios 9 and itunes
  10. 1.10 itunes to ipod
  11. 1.11 music recognition application
2. iTunes Library
  1. 2.1 analyze itunes library
  2. 2.2 itunes library disappeared
  3. 2.3 multiple itunes libraries
  4. 2.4 itunes library location
  5. 2.5 itunes library
  6. 2.6 sync with central itunes library
  7. 2.7 complete solution itunes library
  8. 2.8 reduce itunes library size
  9. 2.9 tag multiple songs in itunes
  10. 2.10 delete itunes library
  11. 2.11 clean up itunes music library
  12. 2.12 share itunes Music library
3. Backup & Recover
  1. 3.1 backup itunes music
  2. 3.2 backup itunes library
  3. 3.3 backup itunes to icloud
  4. 3.4 backup itunes playlist
  5. 3.5 delete itunes backup
  6. 3.6 backup itunes lbirary to external drive
  7. 3.7 backup ebooks windows
  8. 3.8 itunes backup alternative
  9. 3.9 backup ipod music
  10. 3.10 backup ipod to itunes
  11. 3.11 recover itunes library
  12. 3.12 recover lost music from itunes
4. Manage iTunes Library
  1. 4.1 sync itunes library
  2. 4.2 reset itunes library
  3. 4.3 refresh itunes library
  4. 4.4 rebuild itunes library
  5. 4.5 share itunes library
  6. 4.6 remove duplicate itunes library
  7. 4.7 edit itunes library
  8. 4.8 itunes library manager
  9. 4.9 clean up itunes
  10. 4.10 merge itunes libraries
  11. 4.11 remove duplicates from itunes
  12. 4.12 edit itunes music
  13. 4.13 rescan fix library
5. Restore iTunes
  1. 5.1 restore itunes library from iphone
  2. 5.2 restore itunes library
6. To iTunes
  1. 6.1 download itunes radio
  2. 6.2 download podcasts
  3. 6.3 free music songs
  4. 6.4 watch itunes video on tv
  5. 6.5 record online music to itunes
  6. 6.6 play bbc radio in itunes
7. iTunes Transfer
  1. 7.1 transfer itunes to computer
  2. 7.2 itunes radio on android
  3. 7.3 transfer grooveshark to itunes
  4. 7.4 record pandora to itunes
  5. 7.5 download youtube to itunes
  6. 7.6 convert vimeo to itunes
  7. 7.7 convert rhapsody to itunes
  8. 7.8 convert napster to itunes
  9. 7.9 transfer music from flash drive to itunes
  10. 7.10 transfer music from external hard drive to itunes

Music can be stored along with other media on iTunes. It will maintain various files which will contain information about the content in your library. Every household does not require more than a single computer that can run iTunes. But, there are cases when it is required to stream videos and music to devices that may be connected all over the house. If a house has more than one personal computer to manage, you can then consolidate the libraries of iTunes from multiple devices into one single library on a selected computer.

Part 1. Merging iTunes Libraries

On account of the large size of many iTunes libraries, it is not easy to consolidate them. It is not as simple as burning a compact disc and then loading it on to a new computer. There are certain techniques, however, we can make the process of merging libraries easier.

iTunes Library.itl is always the primary file. Library.xml file can be used to import libraries from other computers. iTunes will write those files in a format that is easily readable so that all other applications can also get a compiled list of the content of the library.

merge itunes libraries-Library.itl

If you have two libraries, Library 1 and Library 2, and you would like to add Library 2’s contents to Library 1, you will have to go to the Media folder on iTunes that has your content. You can select File and go to Library and on to Organize Library. You will have to then check for "Consolidate Files" and select OK. When you have many files which are not in iTunes Media’s folder, it may take several minutes. Create a fresh playlist and give it a temporary label. You will have to drag folder of iTunes Media into iTunes after switching to that particular playlist.

merge itunes libraries-Consolidate Files

You will have to select File and go to Library and on to Import Playlist and opt for iTunes Library.xml file that was copied from the Second Library. It will help in not only adding all contents that were dragged to iTunes but the playlists from that particular library will also be added.

You will have to keep in mind that you will not be able to retain ratings and play counts. There may also be a chance that you may have some music that is duplicated on to Library 1 in your media files. It can get difficult if your library happens to be a huge one.

Now you’ll have a library that is derived from playlists taken from two separate libraries. However, there is a possibility that there may be some duplicates of the media files. iTunes shows you the duplication. When in the music library, you can select the Option (ALT) key and go for "Show Exact Duplicate Items". When this process is over, you would have successfully merged two libraries. The temporary playlist, which was created earlier, may then be deleted.

Part 2. Merging iTunes Libraries with iMusic

Aimersoft’s iMusic is ideal for merging and transferring musical content from a single or even multiple iOS devices to new personal computers or Mac units. It is perhaps one of the best tools available in the market for overhauling your iTunes libraries from data that has already been synced to various multiple devices. It is now laying more emphasis on helping to recover music libraries from iDevices and merging music from multiple gadgets to one iTunes library. It is also useful in importing the content from an old computer or Mac to a new unit.

iMusic is one of the best media managing music for the iPhone, iPod and the iPad.

  • Download music from more than 300 music sites by copying and pasting the URL.
  • Record unlimited music from any website for playback in your computer with just one click.
  • Built-in music library let you browse and preview the lattest and hottest music.
  • Automatically save downloaded/recorded music to library for management and easy transfer.
  • Identify and tag music with artist, title, album, genre, and more with the latest technology.

iMusic is easy to use. All you have to do is to install this application on your personal computer or Mac and connect your iPhone, iPod or iPad gadgets, and select a playlist that you want to transfer. The playlists and the selected content will be transferred and merged to the iTunes Library within your computer. It will go a step further than other library managers. When you merge the music content on to a new library, you can maintain your song ratings, the skip counts and the play counts intact. iMusic will also be able to copy the videos or any other data from a selected iDevice back to your computer and manage the libraries. It is the perfect companion tool for all users of iTunes as it allows them to do what iTunes cannot.

merge itunes libraries-iMusic

Part 3. Merging iTunes Library from an External Hard Drive or Other Computers

When you record the iTunes library on to an external hard drive, it is easy to consolidate and merge libraries. The major hurdle is that iTunes does not offer any direct method to merge two separate iTunes libraries. Users may have to manually import all the music and media files into one database for their library.

You need to plug the hard drive into your computer in order to merge and create a new iTunes library for yourself. You will then have to locate the iTunes folder on the external hard drive and the itunes music folder within it which contains the music, podcasts or movies. Choose the folders you want to be moved from the itunes music folder on the hard drive and drag them to your Library section of iTunes on your PC. When the section starts turning blue, the data is being transferred to your new library. You will have to remember that you will lose the play counts and the star ratings when the music is moved to the new library.

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