ITunes For Mac :: Move Location Of Library Music Files From Time Machine

Jun 23, 2014

I want to move the location of my iTunes library music files. At present they are all on my time machine . I want to move them all to my imac. Can I do that and keep all my playlists and play counts?

its 1000s of songs . Originally I used the time machine as a networked drive but it can cause the songs to pause so I'm thinking it would be better to have the songs on the internal imac drive

how can I move the songs so I can re-open iTunes and the playlists (with plays in the 100s) find the song in the new place?

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