I've pretty much uploaded everything to iTunes Match now, but my collection is across two computers and so it has merged everything together... Which is fine. However, I was planning on moving some of my items from one computer to another (i.e. from my smaller iTunes Library on the MacBook to the main iTunes Library on my PM G5).

Since it is all nicely synced now, I've discovered that if I use Home Sharing, then transferring the files manually seems to duplicate them on iTunes Match. So instead of doing this, I'm downloading them from the cloud on my PM and then deleting them on the MacBook once they're done... All good so far. However, a bunch of my music is in ALAC and so I don't want to do it this way because I'll end up downloading the files at 256kbps AAC instead.

So I just wanted to know, is there a good way of getting already-synced ALAC files from one machine to the other without having to get iTunes Match to re-sync them all over again?

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  1. Turn off iTunes Match on the PowerMac.
  2. Use Home Sharing to move the ALAC files to the PowerMac.
  3. Re-enable iTunes Match on the PowerMac. It should re-scan the library and match the ALAC songs.
  4. Don't ever delete the ALAC songs from the PowerMac, otherwise your only choice will be to download a 256Kbps file from the cloud.
  • I don't remember (but think you can't) do step 2. Home Sharing is "read only". I.e.: you can access the files, to read them, but you can't copy them. Jan 27, 2012 at 21:55
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    It's only read-only if you have Home Sharing switched off and are just sharing your library on the network. It's worth mentioning that you can't "push" files from one iTunes to another, you have to "pull" them (i.e. copy them using the machine on which you wish to receive the items).
    – Jowie
    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:08
  • That sounds like a sound solution by the way - I will try it in a bit and let you know thanks!
    – Jowie
    Jan 28, 2012 at 10:08
  • Well it does appear to have worked... So many thanks :)
    – Jowie
    Jan 29, 2012 at 15:43

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