How do I Transfer Windows Media Player Library to iTunes Library

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Big1, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Big1

    Big1 Guest

    I have Windows Media Player version 11. All of my music is in the Windows
    Media Player Library - not the Music folder (i.e. not "C:\Users\My
    Name\Music"). I would now like to have my iTunes library (just purchased an
    iPod) to have access to the Windows Media Player Library. Can you tell me
    how to do that or, alternatively, tell me where the Windows Media Player
    Library file is located?

    Thank you.
    Big1, Mar 5, 2009
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  2. It depends on what format your existing WMP music library is using.

    If all your music (in WMP) is currently in MP3, or AAC, or Apple Lossless
    format, this will be fairly easy and possible. If however your music in WMP
    is in a different format, e.g. WMA, WMV, FLAC, etc. then it is not possible
    to share the same file with iTunes. With WMA it is possible to import these
    in to iTunes but they would have to be converted to either MP3, AAC, Apple
    Lossless, or AIFF resulting in you having two copies.

    The way I do things to share single files between iTunes and WMP is to make
    iTunes the 'master'. I use iTunes to rip all my CDs (in Apple Lossless
    format), and then add the iTunes folder to WMP.

    Note: WMP can be set to monitor the iTunes folders for new tracks and
    automatically add them, but if you do it the other way you have to manually
    tell iTunes to add WMP folders.

    I use a directshow filter for WMP to let it play both AAC and Apple
    Lossless, and a plugin to let it read MPEG4 meta-tags (as used by both AAC
    and Apple Lossless). I have my entire iTunes library shared this way and it
    works perfectly in WMP.

    Note: Apple Lossless is the only lossless format that fully works in both
    iTunes and WMP. Other lossless formats like FLAC, AIFF, WAV, WMA Lossless
    all have issues either in iTunes or WMP or both.

    For more information on how to get WMP to play AAC and Apple Lossless format
    files see
    John Lockwood, Mar 10, 2009
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  3. Big1

    Big1 Guest

    Thank you, Neil. That was very helpful.

    Big1, Mar 12, 2009
  4. Big1

    Big1 Guest

    Thank you. That was very helpful.

    Big1, Mar 12, 2009
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