Tech Tip: Sync Your iTunes Library and Groove Music in 5 Easy Steps
Windows 10 released just over a year ago and Microsoft refresh their music client. Groove Music quickly erased the clunky Xbox Music and has been updated at a frenetic pace. However, most PC users have probably been using iTunes for all their music purchases and CD Ripping needs. What are you to do: go all-new with Groove Music or keep your iTunes Library?
Well, this how-to will help you to keep both and let you mix and match without any problems.
First things first, why would you even consider Groove Music when iTunes has served you so well in the past? Microsoft know that they are playing a catch-up game here and have to pull out the stops to attract users, so here are some reasons why to consider it as your music client:
It's Fast: Scrolling through your tracks and starting a new song or adding it to a playlist is quick and easy.
It's Universal and universal: Big 'U' and small 'u' intended. Universal because the same client will be available for Windows 10 PC, Tablet and Phone and Xbox One with all the same features. It's universal because Groove Music is also available for iOS and Android tablets and phones.
OneDrive Integration: Microsoft have opened up OneDrive support in Groove Music which mean that your music stored in OneDrive can be accessed and streamed within Groove Music on any device without the need for a Music Pass Subscription. Starting at 15GB space for free, OneDrive allows for a lot of music to be stored - more space can be added for a fee and increased to unlimited storage thanks to this handy Office 365 tip.
But, I like iTunes…
iTunes is a perfectly functional music client on Windows and is where a lot of people grew up with digital music. Some may be comfortable here and reluctant to move on.
In fact, the benefit of keeping iTunes and Groove Music at the same time is that it allows you to shop around for your digital music purchases - a track that is €1.29 in iTunes might be 99c in Groove, or a 99c track in Groove may be 79c in iTunes. As a wise man once said, Every Little Helps.
Enough chit-chat, tell me how it's done.
I know you are eager to go, but one final note before we get down to it: This method uses the OneDrive integration feature of Groove Music. If you have less than 15GB of music in your library this can be completed without incurring any expense. For those with more than 15GB music, you could purchase more OneDrive storage or for better value an Office365 subscription gives you more storage. Even better value could be a cheap Windows tablet or Lumia 640 which comes with Office 365 included.
Let's get Grooving
In File Explorer move your iTunes music folder into the OneDrive Music Folder.
When the copy is complete, delete the iTunes folder from your user Profile - usually c:\Users\<your_username>\Music\iTunes.
Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator (Windows Key + X, Command Prompt (Admin)).
Change to your original Music folder, c:\Users\<your_username>\Music. cd %userprofile%\Music
Then create a junction called iTunes between this location and your OneDrive folder. mklink /j iTunes %userprofile%\OneDrive\Music\iTunes
iTunes will see this Junction as if the original iTunes folder was still in this location and will continue to use all the files and folder contained therein to manage the iTunes library as before.
OneDrive will sync all the music files that it finds in this location to the cloud.
As one of the default search folders in Groove Music your music will automatically add any new music you purchase from iTunes or Groove Music to your library. Your full library will be available and always up-to-date on every one of your devices - Windows PC, Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Tablet or Xbox One.