will my itunes library on external HD play on the newer Mac music app?

more specifically, if I get the macbook air M2, will my itunes library on external HD be playable right off or will I have to do some time-consuming uploading of all my audio files into some new configuration? thanks for any thoughts!


iTunes library?

iTunes is an organizing/playing program. It owns nothing like a library does.

Jobs put one over on you.

I understand that itunes doesn't 'own' the library. when I connect my HD to my older itunes-containing mac, it shows up in the finder as 'itunes library'. my question is whether the newer macs, which no longer have itunes, will 'see' the library and I'll be able to play my files without having to do some major reconfiguring project.

II’ve seen no iOS programs that havn’t been backwards compatible. But I ain’t looking either.

Therefore the answer is probably.

Apple claims to be so simple that you just might figure it out.





Open up the Music app, go to Preferences, then select Files. Add your external drive as a Music Media Folder location - link.

thanks @yage. that's encouraging, but... I'm not looking to import files onto the new computer's HD, just want it to play the files on my external HD the same way itunes does on my existing mac.

oops. the link's about importing files (not what I want to do), but your "Open up the Music app, go to Preferences, then select Files. Add your external drive as a Music Media Folder location" is probably the answer to my question. thanks again.

Sorry about that link - must've copy / pasted the wrong URL.


Anyway, if you use a Time Machine backup or Migration Assistant to move your data from the old Mac to the new one, you might not have to mess with any settings at all.

I have moved my music files from one mac to another from OSX 10.1 to 12.1 i just copy them onver on a jump drive then load them on and import to MUSIC/ITunes

@grinnell: I don't want to import anything to the (hypothetical) newer mac - I just want my 'itunes library' (which is on a HDD) to show up in the 'music' app when I connect the HDD to the (hypothetical) new mac. I'm kind of hoping someone here's gone from a mac that has the 'itunes' app to one with the 'music' app, and, like me, has all their music on a HDD.

I suspect @yage is right that it won't be an issue, but it'd be nice to know in advance.

I asked on the apple user forum. apparently the answer is that the 'music' app should work fine with my 'iTunes Library.itl' file - but that if not, there are fixes. I'd still like to hear from people who've done it though.