Actually my S who needs to do this is oh so smart, but oh so not "practical figuring out thinks" smart!
<p>He's perfect for "becoming one" with iTunes, then. Software written by 14 year olds doesn't lend itself to figuring it out.</p>
<p>If you want to dive into this:</p>
<p>iTunes needs the actual song files on your computer. If you are smart, you let iTunes organize the song files in separate folders by artist, by album, stored in your iTunes library folder. If you are really smart, you figure out how to only have one copy of each song, instead of two on your hard drive.</p>
<p>iTunes than maintains at least two separate database files (the actual itunes library files) that must properly link to the song files. Some data is stored in the song files. Some data is stored in these two library files. When all else fails, you can delete the libarary files and tell iTunes to build new ones, looking in the folder that contains all of your music. If you son has NOT used the special features (like ratings and so fortth), then moving the music and having iTunes rebuild the library would probably be a smart way to do. That's how my daughter did it when she moved her library to an external harddrive. I can't do that, because I have every song rated (4 stars, 5 stars, etc.) and that is stored in library files, so if I delete the library files, I'm screwed. When my iTunes crashes, I have to manually relink the library entries to the song files, which is a major pain in the butt (I'm not 14, iTunes doesn't think I'm hip enough....).</p>
<p>There are whole websites devoted to these issues. If you wanna get involved or if you want to send you son, I suggest starting with a Google. </p>
What will his Itunes on the new computer do when he plugs his Ipod in it - will it recognize it and say that this now uses up another one of his 5 allowed computers????
<p>If you are lucky, iTunes will recognize an iPod, but it will not be authorized and will not synch to the iPod until you authorize the computer. That will require knowing the iTunes store login and password and so forth.</p>