I'm trying to set up a PC as a music server using iTunes software. My music is currently on an external, USB HDD. My current iTunes library file is on my MacBook Pro. I want to move the library file from the Mac to the PC.
There are issues with this:
1. The Mac and the PC use different file structures. The PC wants a drive letter rather than a path name
2. If I just plug in the external HDD on the PC and ask the PC version of iTunes to recognize the tracks, it will do so, but all the album cover art and additional information that I've manually entered into the Mac iTunes copy will be gone. I want to preserve this information.
3. Although I can export the iTunes library file from the Mac (Library.xml), there is no option on the PC version of iTunes to import that library.
4. I've already taken this problem to the local Apple store's "Genius Bar." The "genius" was completely stumped, as were the rest of the store personnel.
I've spent about 8 hours online so far trying to find a solution to this problem without success. All the online solutions assume that your actual music is either on your internal HDD or on an iPod. The few that assume an external HDD don't address cross-OS migration. None of the online solutions provide ALL of the elements that I need (Mac to PC conversion - not vice versa, latest iTunes software versions, external HDD music media location, and transfer of existing library database file information with no loss of data).
Intelligent suggestions appreciated. Thanks anyway, but I can do without suggestions like "you should have stuck with all Mac / all PC," or "Dude - just copy the folder." These are not effective solutions for this specific problem. I own the hardware that I own; this IS a transfer that is doable.
I'm profoundly frustrated by what should be a simple job (yes, I know that the Mac & PC worlds aren't willing to play nicely, but I'm willing & able to apply "brute force and awkwardness" solutions if needed, including editing and modifying the xml programming. Just for info, the Mac is running OS-X 10.6 Snow Leopard with iTunes 9. The PC is running Windows XP with iTunes 9.
Thanks - Boomzilla