Moving from Windows to Linux, iTunes to…?

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Here’s a question I get hit up on Aardvark with earlier today:

I have a very very big collection of music in iTunes. I want to move to Linux but I don’t know if the players can handle 200,000+ files as efficiently as iTunes. Help?

The answer, is rather simple.  Songbird is probably the closest thing you`ll have on Linux to iTunes (and, IMHO, MUCH better than iTunes); you can even try it on Windows first to see if you`ll like it.  The only downside is your tracks MUST be DRM free to move them away from iTunes.

Usually you can remove the DRM from iTunes music by burning it to a CD, and then ripping it back off the CD into a freed file format.

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