Transferring Music to Banshee

Transferring Songs from iTunes to Banshee

Tutorial Level: Beginner

With the growing popularity of the iPod and iPhone, a large majority of Windows users use Apple’s iTunes as their dedicated media player. One of the hard parts of switching from Windows to OpenSUSE is the transfer of data. To solve this problem with music and videos, Gnome’s Banshee player has adopted a very functional and useful tool to import music. While many media players can only import a single song at a time, Banshee allows you to transfer folders or even your entire music collection with just a few simple clicks. So now that we know about the feature to transfer songs, let’s put it to good use.

Transferring your Music Library

Because iTunes organizes it’s library into a single folder, we are able to transfer this entire folder (what we will refer to as the Library) into Banshee with a single import. Most of the time, the iTunes Library can be found in My Music in your Windows Documents, or it may be the My Music folder itself that contains the songs. If you are unsure of where your music for iTunes in located, open iTunes, and go to the Edit tab, and then Preferences. Select the Advanced tab on the top of the new window, and the General section will be selected by default. The first item on this window will be the iTunes Music folder location: this will show you where the current library for your music is located.

Now that we know the location of the folder, we have to import the library. Boot back into OpenSUSE if you are currently in Windows and open your Banshee Media player. Click the Media tab on the top-left of the Banshee player and select Import Media… (or press Ctrl+I). When the prompt appears, click the dropdown menu and select Local Folder. Next, press the Import Media Source button. This will open a window for you to select the location of your media source: in our case, the iTunes Library.

First, we need to get into the Windows folder. To do this, click the File System link in the left column of the locator. Once in the file system, scroll down to the bottom and select: windows. Once in this folder, double-click on the C directory. Now we are in the Windows directory. If you know the specific location of your iTunes Library, navigate to this location; if your iTunes Library is the My Music folder, use the following navigation to get to the folder (replacing Your name with your Windows username)…

Documents and Settings -> Your name -> My Documents

In this folder, you will find the My Music folder. Click this folder, but do not double-click, or it will explore the folder. Once you have clicked the folder once (same goes for those who have their library in a separate location: click the folder once), press the Open button on the bottom-right of the locator window. Now the music files will begin to upload. You can see the progress in the bottom-left of Banshee. Cover art will also be downloaded to match the albums in your library. If some of the cover artwork does not automatically download, press the Tools tab, then mouseover the Cover Art option and then select Download Cover Art.

Now that you have your music imported to Banshee, there’s only one thing left to do: listen to it! I hope this helps make the process of switching from Windows to OpenSUSE much easier, and much more fun. Note that some of the music formats may be restricted, and may require a special package to be installed to be able to listen to these restricted formats, for more help on that, refer to the Listening to Restricted Formats tutorial. Feel free to post any comments, concerns or suggestions below, and most importantly: enjoy!

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~ by unseenghost on 21 Jul 2008.

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