iTunes: Cons of moving to another computer

If you rename your iTunes albums (i.e. foreign language) be prepared for problems. I recently moved my iTunes from one computer to another. Many of the albums reverted back to Japanese. Here’s a list of problems I experienced:

  1. Text changed back to Japanese
  2. Split up albums
  3. Missing songs
  4. Missing artwork
  5. Replaced artwork
  6. No more playlists
  7. No more ratings
  8. Missing comments
  9. No more number of plays

I moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.  I’m not sure if that was the cause.  I used iTunes “import” feature to move files from one computer to another.  Maybe I would have been better off transferring my iTunes folder instead.

Solution

Believe it or not,  the “get info” function reverted many of the albums back to English (restored my changes).  Sometimes it wasn’t even necessary to click “ok.”   I fixed the albums iTunes split up by checking for changes in the title or artist.  I was baffled why one album was split so I deleted it then downloaded it again from the cloud which fixed the problem.  I had to import each of my playlists individually from the old computer.  You can get ratings back by importing rating based playlists then doing a select-all to rate all of them.  The only thing I couldn’t get back was the number of plays.