Overtime, our music libraries can become pretty messy. Even the simple task of adding a few songs every so often can cause it to become messier than we’d like it to be. One of the first things that we do when we notice how messy our iTunes library has gotten is to create another playlist. That’s completely fine to do although soon enough, that will become messy too. So with that in mind, today we are going to be looking into how you can easily merge iTunes library on Mac or Windows and some of the different methods which are available to do so.
Part 1. Using iTunes to Merge iTunes Library
The first method that we’re going to take a look at is a method which is open to anyone. With this method, we are going to be using iTunes.
Step #1 – If you don’t already have iTunes installed on your computer then go ahead and download and install it now. Once installed, launch the program.
Step #2 – On iTunes, click on the “File” tab, then the “Library” option, and lastly click on the “Organize Library” option.
Step #3 – The notification box which appears will allow you to select from two options. Click on the “Consolidate Files” option, and click “OK”.
Step #4 – Now, take the “Library.xml” file which is the second iTunes library and have it in an accessible location.
Step #5 – On iTunes, click on the “File” tab, followed by the “Library” option, and finally click on the “Import Playlist” option. Locate where you have the second “Library.xml” file saved and select that as the playlist.
Step #6 – All of the songs which were in your second library will now be in a playlist, thus being a part of your iTunes library.
Although this method isn’t the best one available, the fact that anyone is able to use it is what makes it great. If this method isn’t for you, don’t worry, there are still two more methods which you can look into.
Part 2. Using iMusic to Merge iTunes Library Effortlessly
The next method that we’re going to look at allows you to easily merge iTunes library without too much hassle on your Mac or Windows. This is the best method available and on top of that,
iMusic – Music Manager & Download is a program which has a lot more to offer than just this feature.
Step #1 – Start off by downloading the iMusic program and installing it accordingly. Now that it is installed, go ahead and launch it.
Step #2 – Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable and allow a few moments for iMusic – Music Manager & Download to detect the connection.
Step #3 – Once launched, click on the “TOOLBOX” option which is located on the top panel.
Step #4 – From here you will be shown a variety of different tools. Click on the “Transfer iTunes to Device” option.
Step #5 – The next window that appears will allow you to select each of the playlists which you’d like to have merged onto your device. Simply select the playlists that you’d like to have merged, and click on the “Next” button.
Step #6 – The merge process should only take a few moments although once complete, you will have successfully been able to merge iTunes library.
As you can see, there isn’t a lot to this method and after doing it once you will be able to do it quicker the next time as you’ll understand what to do. We will take a look at some of the other features offered by iMusic – Music Manager & Download later on.
Part 3. Using an Alternate Hard Drive to Merge Two iTunes Library
The last method that we’re going to look at allows you to merge an iTunes library when your second library is stored on either an external hard drive or another storage device.
- Step #1 – First off, open up iTunes (if you don’t already have it installed then do so now.
- Step #2 – Next, open up the file explorer on the storage device where your second iTunes library is stored and find the folder where your media is kept.
- Step #3 – Once you’ve found that folder, select all of the data which is shown and drag it directly into the “Library” section of iTunes which is shown on the left panel.
- Step #4 – Once you see the section highlighted in blue, the transfer process will have begun.
- Step #5 – After the highlighted overlay disappears, the transfer will have successfully completed and you will have successfully merged the iTunes library.
Although this method is a little more complicated than the others, it gets the job done. My suggestion would be only to use this method if neither of the others works.
Part 4. Other Features of iMusic for Mac or Windows
Although today our focus was on how you are able to easily merge multiple iTunes library into one, in order to have an effective filing system without files scattered everywhere, the iMusic – Music Manager & Download program is one which has so much more to offer. Some of the other features which it provides its users with are:
- Download Music.
Looking to fill up your iTunes library but aren’t happy with purchasing all of the music? Don’t worry about it. iMusic – Music Manager & Download has a built-in music downloader which allows you to download music from online platforms including YouTube and SoundCloud. Simply copy the URL of the song which you want to be downloaded into the box provided, and it will be added to your library.
- Sort Your Library.
iTunes is notorious for not providing their media with the correct information. Simple things such as wrong album covers and the wrong song description can really mess up your library. With iMusic, you are able to have these errors sorted automatically or edit them yourself.
- Backup and Restore.
That’s right. If you aren’t happy with the backup and restore system which is offered by the standard iTunes, then iMusic – Music Manager & Download has a built-in data backup system which provides you with all of the tools that you require to create a perfect data management system. Whether you’re looking to back up your whole library or selectively back up your music, no matter what it is iMusic – Music Manager & Download can help you out.
- Music Burning.
Rather than go through the hassle of setting up a Bluetooth connection in your car, with iMusic you are able to easily burn music to a CD which can then be used in your car.
As you can see, iMusic is a program which offers so much more than just the ability to merge iTunes library. With the features above as well as the many others which it has to offer, iMusic is a program which everyone should have their hands on.
Rather than having multiple iTunes library which is disorganized and scattered across multiple computers, take a few minutes out of your day and merge iTunes library into one.
Not only that but if you have more than just two iTunes libraries then you are able to merge them too! Simply merge them one at a time and all into the same place. No matter what method it is that you decide to use, you’ll get the same result from each of them.