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Moving Your Music

If you keep your music library as a collection of MP3 files, this is an easy process, because iTunes happily plays MP3 files—no file translation necessary. Here’s how to move them over.

On the PC:

1.
Select the folder that contains your MP3 files—typically My Music inside the My Documents folder—and then select Edit > Copy.

2.
Open the Music folder of the Switch CD folder set, and transfer your music by choosing Edit > Paste.

If you have any other folders that contain music, use the same process to transfer those files.

On the Mac:

1.
Put the Switch CD in your Mac’s optical drive, and when it mounts on the Desktop, open the music folder on it.

2.
Open iTunes by clicking its icon in the Dock or by navigating to Applications > iTunes and double-clicking its icon.

Select all of the files in the CD’s music folder, and drag them to the iTunes main window.

When you release the mouse button, iTunes adds every song to your music library. If you have more than one CD’s worth of MP3 files, repeat this process until all of your files are moved to your Mac.

Note

This works only if you have been storing your music in MP3 format, which won’t be the case if you’ve been using Windows Media Player to pull music off your music discs. My recommendation is to convert your WMA Windows media files to MP3 files before moving them over to the Mac. The newest Microsoft Plus Pack for Windows XP includes a transcoder that can do bulk conversions of WMA files to MP3 files. It sells for $19.99.


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