if you are just interested in getting your music running then just install itunes and put the music in the music folder and sync. If you want to keep playcounts,lists etc, you will need to do something like i outlined above.Hi. Sorry to ask this question which has surely been covered already, but I couldn't find anything that answers it 100%.
I have my iTunes library on a laptop running XP (Service Pack 3 I think) as my desktop at that time only had XP SP1 and iTunes wouldn't install.
I now have a new desktop with 7 and would like to transfer my library to it. I already have a back-up (31gb) of the laptop contents on the new PC. What else is needed to make the iPod accept the new desktop as its "master" instead of the laptop? I don't have any playlists, just albums. What will I lose? Playcounts? All my cover art is custom-made or scanned, and is also backed-up (just in case).
If you do the first way, it will erase and sync your ipod the first time you do it, so it will take awhile (depending on the size of your library) while it re-copies the songs back to the ipod from the new location in the new itunes library. from then on out, it will sync with the new library.