Sunday, February 28, 2010

How can I sync iTunes to my Nokia n900?


I am on a Mac, and I can connect the phone in Mass Storage mode, meaning that it shows up like a USB drive. What's the easiest way to get my iTunes music and podcasts onto the phone?

I'm also open to suggestions of other good media players that sync easily with USB drives.


That depends on 'how' you want to sync it. Do you want to sync your entire iTunes Music folder to your phone ? This would only feasible with a small iTunes Music folder, or a very large Mass Storage medium installed in your phone.

Some of the solutions provided below ( like edwardclint's suggestion to use Sailing ) appear excellent. However, if you want direct, customizable ( even scriptable ) control of what you sync to your phone, you could always use Rsync to synchronize your desired content.

Rsync is a free UNIX utility included within the BSD core of your operating system. If you would like to try this method, simply follow these steps:

1) Open the Terminal application within your Utilities folder.

2) Use the following command structure, as displayed below, to synchronize the folders between your Mac and phone:

rsync -alE --delete --ignore-errors --update --progress /< path to your iTunes Music folder >/ /< path to your phone's music folder >

Example: rsync -alE --delete --ignore-errors --update --progress /Users/yourusername/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Music/ /CompletePathToYourPhonesMusicFolder

Then press the 'return' key. Depending on the size of your music library and speed of the connection to your computer, it may take some time to complete, but it will give you continual status of the copying process within the terminal window. If you encounter permissions errors during the process, try again, only this time pre-pend 'sudo ' to the front of your rsync command. Be careful though, as entering typo's while using 'sudo' can prove disastrous. It's not that the command itself is dangerous -- it's just the fact that your computer will do exactly what you tell it to do with superuser privileges and no warnings when you use sudo. If you accidentally tell it to erase something critical ( because of a typo or otherwise ), your computer will dutifully do that and you will likely be re-installing your software and/or personal data to fix your typo. Just saying...

Once the rsync has completed, any future rsync's will go much faster, as it will only transfer the data ( or songs ) that have been added since your last sync. It will also automatically delete any songs on your phone that are not present within your iTunes Music folder so that both folders should remain perfectly sync'ed.

In addition, you can synchronize any folder you like with the rsync command. It could be a subfolder within your music folder, any number of subfolders, or just a single song if you so choose. You can also use it to synchronize notes, pictures or other files with your phone. All that's needed is to follow the command structure listed above and include the full paths to each folder you desire to sync between your phone and your computer. You can also bundle the individual rsync commands into a script that can be easily launched by an alias on your desktop, automatically triggered by a system event ( like mounting your phone's mass storage drive ), or whatever you specify. That's the beauty of making use of the UNIX layer within your operating system -- it affords you an unusually high degree of flexibility in how you go about your desired tasks.

By the way,If you are using Windows system on your computer,there is another way to sync iTunes music to your Nokia n900,that is to use some removal tool to unprotect iTunes music or movie and then you could play the converted files after conversion .here is a detailed tutorial about how to Sync itunes music into a Motorola Droid from my iphone free of charge for your reference!

Cheers ! :-)


Thursday, February 25, 2010

How to Play iTunes m4b on Blackberry free?



I have a number of audiobooks that were downloaded off iTunes but i don’t have the logistics of the account that downloaded them so my iTunes does not copy the audio books over to my blackberry iPhone .is there any way to play iTunes m4b on Blackberry free?


The audiobook you download from iTunes is drm protected. In order to play it on non-apple mp3/mp4 players or your Blackberry phone, you need to remove the drm and convert the protected music to drm free mp3 format. The easiest way is to burn an audio cd in iTunes and rip it back as mp3 format. Or you can get some removal software to help you. Such as wondershare music converter


Most of the files purchased from iTunes Store are DRM protected i.e. you can play them only on specific devices and computers. You cannot use the DRM protected files on any random computer or portable media player. And the audio books from iTunes store are usually either in M4B format. This means all the M4B files you download from the iTunes store will only work on your iPod. If you want to download M4B on your blackberry phone, you cannot do it unless you transfer the files to MP3 format. The first thing is to remove drm from M4B iTunes audiobook.

How to remove DRM from iTunes m4b audio book?
You may need specific iTunes DRM Removal Software to strip this DRM copy protection from these M4B audiobooks.This article presents you a easy way: using software, such as Wondershare Music Converter to convert your protected M4B audiobook to DRM-free ones. This software is especially useful for alleviating compatibility issues.

Here is the step by step tutorial for the program:
1 Free download Wondershare music Converter install and run it.

2 when come to the main interface, you can directly drag-drop target music file to the conversion window, or click the ‘Add’ button to import the target files.

3 Choose the format you'd like to get. There is a list of output formats. If you want to play iTunes m4b on Blackberry, I recommend you to select MP3.
4 And then click the start button, and the DRM removing process is beginning. After a while, the files are DRM-ripped. You can view your converted files by press the browse button.
5 After conversion, now we can put the converted m4b file onto your blackberry. Just connect your Blackberry phone to your computer via USB cable and then your computer will detect it. Drag & drop the music onto your phone. all is done now !

Thanks for viewing this guide of Play iTunes m4b on Blackberry. Now, you could start enjoying your favorite audio book in your leisure time

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How to download itunes music into a Motorola Droid from my iphone free of charge

Question :

How to send music to a Motorola Droid from my iphone?

Hello,I would like to know is it possible to send music to another phone .or Motorola Droid


hello,yes,as we known,the iphone has managed his music with iTunes but there is another way to send the music from iphone to another mobile.there are three logical possiblities:

1 If the music in your iphone is from your own computer and you can find the music files in the hard disk of your computer.and you have to make sure whether the music is DRM -protection or not .because most music purchased from iTunes is under DRM protection .if the music is's very simple to transfer the music to your Motorola Droid,just connect your Motorola Droid phone to your computer via USB cable and then your computer will detect it. drag & drop the music onto your Motorola's ok now .

2 If the music is under DRM protection,you can't play them in anyother portable player except iPod and if you want to enjoy the music in your Motorola Droid ,you have to use some removal software to remove drm from iTunes music and then transfer the converted music files onto your Motorola Droid phone.

3 If the music in your iphone is not from your computer you have to find some tool to import the music files onto your computer and then transfer them onto your Motorola Droid.if you find you can't play the music onto your Motorola Droid ,it means that all the music is DRM need to crack DRM .there are many way to remove drm in a legally way .I will recommend you theck out this full tutorial:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Apple finally getting a taste of the Zune Experience?

Apple finally getting a taste of the Zune Experience?

For a long time now we have been speculating whether Microsoft will release the Software, and with it the potential of the Zune to Apple Mac's. Time and time again they have never really let Apple have a taste, and rightly so. But it leaves you to think, if you want to beat the competitor, don't you have to join them first?


I feel releasing an Apple Zune Software would potentially grab Ipod users a lot easier, as they can try the service out for themselves, without having to play around with stupid VirtualBox programs which let you run a Windows OS within the MAC OS. It could spread the Zune into Apple land and grasp some of their users. Now that would be a good idea.

You also have to think about the Potential of the Zune Pass. This is now becoming DRM free, which allows the music to be put onto any device, including the Ipod's. This could create a huge problem with the people at Itunes, where I feel $15 a month is a lot better than $1 a song, and we could start seeing Ipod owners using A Zune Pass. Not the full monty, but Microsoft is on the right track.

I also see a good point to this, and to the past. Why release something that isnt good, and give it to everyone? I mean, it would leave a bad taste for the rest of that devices life, correct? I feel Microsoft are finally proud of the Zune, and can now release it to the wild, seeing as a International release might come early next year, also.

I don't know about you, but I feel this is a good way to slowly win over more users, and eventually RULE THE WORLD *ahem* ,back the Zune franchise.

Again, this is not set in stone, but Microsoft are thinking about it. But first they have to sort the Zune on the Xbox, Zune on Windows Mobile, and THEN, they can decide whether or not fanboys deserve such a great experience.

Monday, February 8, 2010

How to move your iTunes library to a new hard drive?

How to move your iTunes library to a new hard drive?

For most users, iTunes does a great job of handling all of the details of managing your media library for you, allowing you to manage your content through iTunes itself and not having to worry too much about the underlying files and folders that make up your iTunes library.

Unfortunately, this user-friendly approach has one serious limitation: When it comes time to move your iTunes library, it can often be a bit of a challenge to figure out exactly what pieces you need to move and how to go about doing this. Many iTunes users start out with a basic iTunes library and use the default settings to store all of their media content on their primary internal hard drive. However, as you add new content over time, particularly with the additional video content now supported by iTunes, you may soon find that your library threatens to take over your computer.

Another common scenario many users find themselves in is what to do when they upgrade to a new computer. Your iTunes library has been working just fine on your old computer, but you're left with the question of how to get it over to the new machine so that everything works the way it's supposed to.

Neither of these situations are at all uncommon, and fortunately it's really not all that difficult to relocate your iTunes library to another hard drive or move it to a whole new computer once you understand the basics of how iTunes manages your media content and the options available to you.

This tutorial is intended for both the average and slightly advanced iTunes user and will provide the necessary information that you need to know about transferring your iTunes library onto an external hard drive, a secondary internal hard drive, or a whole new computer.

Standby to Prepare to Move: Checking your Preferences

Now that you're armed with a basic understanding of how iTunes stores its media content, and knowing that you cannot simply move files around and expect your iTunes library to be able to find these files, it's important to look at how your library is currently setup in order to understand what your options are.

The first step to this process is to review your storage settings under your iTunes Advanced preferences, which can be found by selecting Preferences from the Edit menu (Windows) or iTunes menu (Mac), and then selecting the Advanced tab:

The first option, "iTunes Media folder location" indicates where your iTunes media content is stored by default. Remember that this only includes the media content and not the library database itself. Whether all of your content is located in this folder is going to depend upon the next two settings found on this screen:

Keep iTunes Media folder organized determines whether tracks in your iTunes Media folder are automatically organized based on the track information found within each file. With this option enabled, iTunes will move and rename files within the iTunes Media folder as necessary into sub-folders by media type, with music organized in an ARTISTALBUM subfolder structure and each file named by its track name from the iTunes library. If this option is disabled, then files within the iTunes Media folder will be left with whatever name and sub-folder they were in when you first imported them, regardless of changes to the tag information within iTunes itself.

Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library determines whether files that you add to your library are automatically copied into the music folder, or left in their original location. When you import new content with this option disabled, iTunes simply "references" the file from wherever you're importing it, rather than making a copy of it in your iTunes Media folder.

Tracks copied into the iTunes Media Folder become "Managed" files in that iTunes will manage the location and naming of these files, whereas files that are not copied into the iTunes Media folder are "Referenced" files-iTunes stores a full path to the file, but does not actually take any further action with those files in terms of organizing, renaming, moving, or deleting those tracks.

Note that content purchased from the iTunes Store or ripped from CD is always stored in the iTunes Media folder-iTunes is actually creating new files in this case so it has to have somewhere to put them by default. Therefore, this setting only affects existing files from your computer that are added to the iTunes library using the File, Add to Library option or by dragging-and-dropping them into iTunes from another folder.

So why is all of this important? How you have configured these options is going to determine how much flexibility you have when moving your iTunes media content elsewhere. In a default configuration where all of your media files live within the iTunes Media folder location ("Managed" files), and have been organized by iTunes, the process of moving your library may be considerably smoother than for a user who has a bunch of "referenced" tracks living in various locations and possibly even on different drives.

While iTunes can move your files to a new location in either scenario, the only way to move a library that consists of referenced files is to actually convert them to an entirely managed library in the process. Users who have built their own file-system organization for their media content and want to preserve that layout will find the process of moving their content to be much more challenging without creating a whole new iTunes library and reimporting it.

iTunes 9 and Media Organization

iTunes 9 makes some changes to how media files are actually organized within iTunes. When iTunes was first released several years ago, music content was pretty much all it supported, and iTunes was designed with this in mind when it came to organizing your content. The top-level set of folders in your iTunes Music folder represented artist names from your music collection, with albums listed beneath each artist. This was fine back when it was only about the music, but over time new media types gradually appeared in iTunes, including audiobooks, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and now even iPod and iPhone applications. Despite this, iTunes stubbornly held on to its old style of organization, pigeonholing things like Movies and TV Shows into their own separate folders alongside the artist names for your music. Further, items such as iPhone applications and click-wheel iPod Games were left out of this folder entirely, being stored instead within the main iTunes folder, rather than the iTunes Music folder. With iTunes 9, non-music content is no longer treated as a second-class citizen in your iTunes library, and media content is now organized in a more balanced fashion. The old terminology of "iTunes Music folder" has been more appropriately replaced with "iTunes Media folder" and when you start a new library iTunes 9 will organize your media content into appropriate top-level folders by media type. Further, the Mobile Applications folder for iPhone and iPod touch applications and iPod Games folder for iPod click-wheel games now form part of the iTunes Media folder as well, instead of being stored separately with the iTunes library database.

If you're starting a brand new library with iTunes 9, this will simply be the folder layout that iTunes uses from the start. However, if you're coming from a previous version of iTunes, the old music folder style of organization will be left in place. This is done primarily to preserve backward compatibility, since you may have third-party applications that read your iTunes Music folder and expect to find your tracks organized in a certain way. We discuss changing an existing library to the new iTunes 9 Media organization a bit further on.

Fortunately, you can easily update to the new iTunes 9 Media Folder layout right from within iTunes itself. To do this, simply select File, Library, Organize Library from the iTunes menu, and you'll be presented with a dialog box with the option to either Consolidate your files or upgrade to the new iTunes Media organization.

We'll be discussing the "Consolidate Files" option later, but for now you can just upgrade to the media folder organization by simply checking the second option and clicking OK. iTunes will quickly go through your library and move all of your existing files around into the new layout. Note that only managed files that were originally stored in the iTunes Music folder will be moved-anything referenced from outside of the iTunes Music folder will be left where it is. If your "iTunes Music" folder was in the default location under your main iTunes folder, then it will also be renamed to "iTunes Media" in the process. On the other hand, if you had previously set your "iTunes Music" folder to another location the name will remain the same as it was before.

Note: After you upgrade to the new organizational structure, you may find that you still have Artist folders located at the top folder level. These are most likely files that were in your iTunes music folder but not actually listed in your iTunes database, often as a result of deleting tracks from iTunes but not deleting the underlying file itself. iTunes can only reorganize the files that it knows about, so any stray files left lying around will be left exactly where they originally were. It's obviously a good idea to double-check these files with your iTunes library, but once you've confirmed that they are in fact orphans, it's perfectly safe to delete these folders.

We definitely recommend upgrading to the new iTunes Media folder organization unless you have a very specific reason not to. The new layout will be much easier to work with, and most importantly your Mobile Applications and iPod Games will also be stored in the Media folder, making it even simpler to move and backup these items along with the rest of your iTunes media.

Moving your Content to a New Computer

If you're simply looking to move your iTunes library to an entirely new computer, the process is actually quite a bit simpler than relocating the content, provided certain conditions are met:

  1. You are moving your iTunes library between two computers using the same operating system and iTunes version; and

  2. You plan to store the iTunes library database and content in the same relative locations on the new computer

If this is the case, then transferring your iTunes library to a new computer is quite simple: Just copy the entire iTunes folder and all sub-folders from your "Music" (Mac) or "My Music" (Windows) folder on your old computer to the corresponding folder on the new computer.

If you have changed your iTunes Media Folder location from the default, simply make sure you copy that to the corresponding location on the new computer as well. In other words, if you have your iTunes Media folder set to D:Music then you must copy it to D:Music on the new computer-remember that iTunes stores the full path to each music file in your library, so your music files must be in the same place on the new computer in order for iTunes to find them.

You've probably read about issues with synchronizing your iPod to more than one computer, however it's important to note that iTunes associates your iPod with a library database and not a physical machine. This means that once you've copied your iTunes library database over to your new computer, you can continue syncing your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV to it in the same way as you did previously.

To actually copy the files between computers you can use any file transfer method you normally would for any other type of data, including an external hard drive or USB memory key, a home network between the two computers, or burning your iTunes data to CDs or DVDs.

Note: If you have previously run iTunes on the new computer at all, even if you haven't done anything with it, chances are that there will already be an "iTunes" folder present. Unless you've already started using iTunes on the new computer and adding content to it, you can safely overwrite this folder as it simply represents the empty database that iTunes initially creates.

Generally, minor differences in operating system versions will not be an impediment to moving your iTunes library directly over to a new computer, nor will moving to a later version of the same operating system (ie, Windows 2000 to XP, or XP to Vista). Likewise, you can transfer your library to a computer with a newer version of iTunes than the one on your original computer without any problems-iTunes will simply upgrade the database when you start it up on the new computer.

Note that your iTunes preferences are machine-specific, and you will need to go through and re-configure these the first time you run iTunes after copying your library over to the new computer. You can locate the preference file itself on the original computer and copy this over, however this is not recommended as there are frequently machine-specific settings in these preference files that may not translate properly onto the new computer.

If you have any content purchased from the iTunes Store, you will need to re-authorize the new computer for your iTunes Store account. Computer authorization is machine-specific. You should also make sure you DE-authorize your old computer if you no longer plan to use it with iTunes.

If you plan on putting your iTunes Media folder in a different location on the new computer you will want to read on for the process of relocating the iTunes Media folder itself. Whether you choose to do this before transferring your library to your new computer or afterwards largely depends on your specific situation. For example, if your media folder has been stored on a drive on your original computer that does not exist on the new computer, you will need to consolidate your library before moving it to the new computer.

Moving your iTunes library to a different operating system is also possible, and we will discuss this later on this article.

Moving Your Content to a New Hard Drive: The Wrong Way

A very common mistake made by many users is to simply try and move their entire iTunes Media folder to a new location and update the iTunes Media folder path in iTunes' preferences. In some cases this may work, but in reality you will risk iTunes losing track of some or all of your media files in the process.

The reason for this is that iTunes stores the entire full path to each music file in its library database. If you move that file somewhere else, then iTunes won't be able to find it, and the result will be a broken link to that file, shown as an exclamation mark in iTunes immediately to the left of the track listing:

If you try to select a track with a broken link, iTunes will notify you that it cannot find the file, and provide an opportunity to locate it yourself:

Selecting "Yes" will allow you to browse for the file, and iTunes will link the current entry to that specific file. This can be a viable solution for a few broken links, but you can imagine that this could become very tedious if you had hundreds or even thousands of files in this state.

Should you find yourself in this situation, the simplest solution is generally just to move your iTunes Media folder back to its original location. iTunes still has the complete path to each file in its database, so if you put the actual files back, it should have no problem finding them again.

Note that users who have a completely "Managed" library configuration may be able to get away with using this method to move their library, however it is still not the recommended solution. The reason this method will work in this case is because iTunes will actually look for any missing tracks in their default location under the iTunes Media folder path before deciding that the links are broken. So, if your tracks are organized in the way that iTunes expects to see them, then it will be able to locate them in the new location. However, this solution is rarely completely reliable simply because it is not uncommon for users with large libraries to have a few referenced files due to changes to iTunes preference settings or even inconsistent behavior with older versions of iTunes.

Note: Mac OS X users can get away with moving their media files around on the same drive and iTunes will still be able to find them. This is not iTunes-specific but is actually due to the fact that the Mac OS X operating system itself keeps track of files when they're moved to new locations on the same drive, regardless of file type. This will not work, however, when moving files to a different drive, partition, or computer.

Consolidate: The Right Way

So, knowing that these pitfalls exist, what's the best way? Remember that iTunes' philosophy of managing your media is actually to insulate you from having to worry about the underlying file system. On the basis of this approach, it makes sense that it should provide the necessary tools itself to facilitate moving your library to a new location.

So in other words, rather than messing around copying/moving files through Finder or Windows Explorer, why not let iTunes deal with this for you? This is handled in iTunes through the Consolidate files option, access from the File, Library, Organize Library menu in iTunes.

What the Consolidate files option actually does it to gather all of the files listed in your iTunes library into the iTunes Media folder. It does this by copying any referenced files into the iTunes Media folder, renaming them with the proper track name, and organizing them into its standard file and folder structure. This option is at least partly intended to allow you to bring "referenced" files into the iTunes Media folder from various other locations in the event that you may have added them to your library with the "Copy Files" option disabled.

However, the only real distinction between a file that is "managed" and a file that is "referenced" is the actual iTunes Media folder path. Files in this folder are considered managed by iTunes, and anything outside is a "referenced" file. So, if you change the location of the iTunes Media folder to a new path and then use the "Consolidate Library" option, iTunes will happily copy all of these files into your new location, updating all of the file location information in the iTunes database in the process.

Performing the Move

To actually perform the move, start by going into your iTunes Advanced preferences, and changing the iTunes Media folder path to whatever new location you want your iTunes media files to be stored in. This will usually be an external hard drive, but it can be any valid path, including a secondary hard drive or even a network share:

Once you have updated the iTunes Media folder location, simply select File, Library, Organize Library… (in iTunes 8, this option was "Consolidate Library" and in iTunes 7 and prior, it was located on the "Advanced" menu):

You will be presented with a dialog box with the option to Consolidate files or upgrade to the new iTunes 9 media organization. Simply select Consolidate files and click OK.

iTunes will advise you that it is about to copy all of your content into the iTunes Media folder, and warn you that this cannot be undone.

Simply click "Continue" and iTunes will begin the process of copying the files into their proper locations and updating these locations in the iTunes library database.

Note that this process copies the tracks to the new location rather than moving them. Although the original tracks still exist, the iTunes library database is updated with the new location for each track, which makes the process difficult to undo unless you have kept a backup of your iTunes library database from prior to the consolidation. Making such a backup is certainly an option, although not normally required.

The other important note is that this will reorganize your entire library file system into iTunes' default way of laying it out (ie, ARTISTALBUMTRACK.MP3 in the case of music files). This may not be a desirable option for those who have their media file system laid out in their own organizational structure, or who use other third-party applications that expect media files to be organized a certain way. Unfortunately, if you're in this situation, there really is no easy way to move your iTunes media content without creating a whole new iTunes library and reimporting all of your tracks into the new library from their new locations.

Note: If you've upgraded to the new iTunes 9 Media layout, your Mobile Applications and iPod Games folders will be copied into the iTunes Media folder as part of this process as well.

Confirming and Cleaning Up

Once this process has completed, you should be able to confirm that the files have been copied to the new location and that iTunes is referencing them properly from there simply by selecting a track and choosing File, Get Info. The "Summary" tab for the file properties will indicate the physical location of that track, which should reflect the new iTunes Media folder path.

Since iTunes copies the media content rather than moving it, you will probably also want to delete your iTunes media files from their original locations.

Note: Keep in mind that iTunes only moves content that is actually listed in the iTunes library database, which means any stray files that were lying around the iTunes Media folder won't be copied to the new location. This should not be a concern unless you're storing non-iTunes media content in your iTunes Media folder.

Remember that this process only moves the iTunes content however. Your iTunes library database will still be located in its original location, likely on your primary hard drive in your "Music" or "My Music" folder, as described above, so while you can clean out the "iTunes Media" sub-folder from here once you've consolidated your library to another location, you should not touch any of the other files or folders in your main iTunes folder.

Moving the Library Database

If you're simply interested in moving your files to a larger disk, there's seldom any reason to worry about moving the library database, as it doesn't normally take up a lot of storage space, and there are advantages to leaving this file on your local hard drive and simply storing the content on an external drive.

That having been said, if you do want to move the library database to another location, this is certainly possible as well as long as you're using iTunes 7 or later. This must be done separately from the process of moving the content described above, and you're best to run the "Consolidate" operation and move the content first, and then relocate the library database once you've confirmed that everything is still working properly.

To do this, shut down iTunes, and copy your "iTunes" folder (under your "Music" or "My Music" folder) to the new location. Keep in mind that by default, you may still have media content located in an "iTunes Media" sub-folder, and you probably don't want to waste time copying this content over if you've already Consolidated it to another location, so you may want to exclude that one sub-folder.

Once you have copied the "iTunes" folder, including the "iTunes Library.itl" and any related support files and folders, simply restart iTunes while holding down the SHIFT key (Windows) or OPT key (Mac) and it will prompt you to either create a new library or choose a location for an existing library:

Simply click "Choose Library" and browse for the location that you copied the iTunes folder to. iTunes should start, and will be using that particular library database instead of the one from the original location. Once you have set this location, iTunes will continue to use it unless you change it again using the same method.

Moving the iTunes library database onto an external hard drive can be useful if you plan to move the external hard drive between multiple computers. It can also be useful to store it in a common area on a local computer for access by multiple user profiles, or even on a network share.

One word of caution, however: The iTunes database is not designed for multi-user access. If you decide to place it on a network share or in a common directory on a standalone workstation, always make sure that you do not have more than one copy of iTunes running against it at a time, otherwise you will risk corrupting the iTunes database.

Moving Between Operating Systems

Although the iTunes database format is the same for both the Windows and Mac OS X versions of iTunes, moving your iTunes library from Windows to Mac OS X or vice-versa is complicated by one other issue: The file systems between these two operating systems are completely different, so even though iTunes will be able to read the library database itself from the other operating system, it will not be able to make much sense of the paths stored in its library database. For example, where Windows uses drive letters, Mac OS X uses drive names, so there's no way for Mac OS X to figure out what to do with a path like "D:Music."

Fortunately, however, since iTunes will default to looking for any missing files in its normal iTunes Media folder, you can leverage this behavior when migrating your library to a different operating system.

To make this work, you must first ensure that iTunes has organized all of the files according to its default naming standard. This way, when you move the files onto the new operating system platform, iTunes will be able to find them in their default locations.

To do this, first visit your iTunes Advanced preferences.

If the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" option is enabled, deselect it and click OK. Then, go back into your Advanced preferences and RE-select this option and again click OK.

This will tell iTunes to go through your iTunes Media folder and ensure that all music files are named according to its defaults. You will be shown a progress indicator while this is happening.

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How to convert iTunes music/movie/TV shows and burn DVD?

How to convert iTunes music/movie/TV shows and burn DVD?


"I have discovered some old movies to download ( and purchased some music from iTunes. I download them in.flv, mp4 or m4v, m4p formats to view on my computer. I would like to convert them into a format that I can burn onto a DVD to play on TV via a DVD player. I guess, just generally, what format(s) will a DVD player accept to play on TV - besides Video_TS folders? Many thanks. "


Everyone Knows That iTunes downloaded video files have DRM protection which prevent users from converting it to other formats, In order to play them on DVD player ,you need special DRM Remover to remove iTunes DRM Protection first and then you could easily burn non-protected iTunes movie and TV shows to DVD. For the supported format, All DVD players play MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video and AC-3 or PCM (eg, WAV) audio. If you would know more please kindly click here

Any iTunes movies or TV show episodes purchased from the iTunes store will fail to burn to DVD. This isn't a flaw in your Nero DVD burning software, it's a limitation of the video downloads. Apple's copy protection on each of the files prevents making DVDs that would be usable in a set top DVD player.

There are two ways to work around this limitation if you want to easily watch your iTunes movies on your television. Both involve spending some money. If you have an iPod, the easiest option is to buy a cable that connects your iPod to your TV. If you don't have an iPod, or if you want to be able to watch your movies in more places, you'll need to download wondershare media converter + DVD Flick
So, how to convert iTunes movie to DVD, backup iTunes movie rentals on DVD?

You may follow the two steps below:

Part 1 How to convert iTunes protected movie to non-protected video MPEG-2 FLV?

What you need is just iTunes and this DRM Removal Program - Wondershare Media Converter. You can download here for iTunes and Wondershare media Converter.
Here is the step by step tutorial for the program:

1 Free download Wondershare media Converter install and run it.

2 when come to the main interface, you can directly drag-drop target music file to the conversion window, or click the ‘Add’ button to import the target files.

3 Choose the format you'd like to get. There is a list of output formats.

4 And then click the start button, and the DRM removing process is beginning. After a while, the files are DRM-ripped. You can view your converted files by press the browse button.

5 After conversion, now we can put the converted songs to your computer. The non-DRM music can be transferred to another MP3 player easily.

Part 2 How to burn the converted iTunes rentals movie and TV shows to DVD?

Download DVD Flick (totally free), add the converted videos. Then, edit video settings and DVD project settings. Finally, insert your DVD to Create DVD.

Note: As free software, it only supports FLV Flash video with simple edit and slow speed.

If you want to find a professional tool to convert FLV to DVD and SWF to DVD in high speed and good quality, you can refer to this professional tutorial.

Thanks for viewing this guide of Convert iTunes music/movie/TV shows and burn DVD. Now, let's enjoy our clear music & videos in your DVD player or other portable player freely and have a wonderful life.
Tips: This method works also for music video movie downloaded from other online stores like Windows Media Center, Zune Marketplace, Napster, Rhapsody, Nokia Music Store, Spiralfrog, Bearshare, eMusic, Puretracks, MusicGiants, CinemaNow Movielink, Amazon Unbox etc, as well as your home-made movie shot with camcorder or something else.