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How to copy an iTunes library to a new computer

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You can transfer iTunes manually in copying your files to something external to your old computer, and then connect that something to your new one, or you run both old and new computers at the same time and somehow connect them together.

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How to copy an iTunes library to a new computer

  1. 1. iPhone/iPod/iPad/Mac Transfer, DVD Ripper, Video Converter, DVD Creator for Mac How to Copy an iTunes Library to a New ComputerBasically, you have three choices. You can transfer iTunes manually in copying yourfiles to something external to your old computer, and then connect that something toyour new one, or you run both old and new computers at the same time and somehowconnect them together. You can also use the iTunes built in solution and back upeverything to DVDs, or you use a software, which will transfer the iTunes librarycontents automatically.Step 1:Consolidate all your music on the old computer so that it is located in one folder: File> Library > Organize Library > Consolidate FilesStep 2:Find the folder in your old computer called iTunes. Probably it will be in a foldercalled My Music. What you need to transfer is all of the contents of the folder iTunes.Step 3:Lets look first at how you could copy this folder to something else which you willlater connect to your new computer.Step 4:The easiest gadget to use is a USB memory stick. Buy or borrow one, plug it in toyour old machine. It will look like a new drive (G: or J: or whatever). Copy yourfolder over to it. If your library is too big to fit on the stick, you will either have to geta bigger stick, or transfer just a part of the folder and go back for the rest bit by bit.Step 5:You can do the same thing with an external hard disk, if you have or can borrow one -this will hold far more data than a stick. Alternatively you could burn a CDROM.Step 6:Plug the USB stick, hard disk, or CD ROM into your new machine, where it willagain look like a new drive. Now, under "Edit" then click "Advanced." This will tellyou where iTunes has set up the storage file on the new computer for all iTunes media(probably under "My Music". You should copy the contents of your old computeriTunes media into this file (so iTunes will know where to find it.) Next, go to "File"and import Library from this new location. It should find all of the files, import them,
  2. 2. iPhone/iPod/iPad/Mac Transfer, DVD Ripper, Video Converter, DVD Creator for Macand use them as your new library.Step 7:If you can connect your old computer to a network, you will be able to see othermachines on the network. You may be able to copy your files on to another machine,then connect your new computer to the same network and download the files into it.Maybe you can connect both old and new machines to the same network, e.g. a router.This is the manual way:Step 8:If you have playlists and folders you want to retain, then follow these extra steps: Onyour old computer with the original library open iTunes, and click on file, library, thenexport the library to somewhere you can remember. Email this file to yourself (itshould be something like "library.xml"). On your new computer (with the musicuploaded using one of the previous methods) open iTunes, click on file, library, and"import playlist". Import the "library.xml" or similarly named file, and iTunes oughtto restore all of the original playlists and settings you had originally. There may be amessage stating that one or more music tracks werent transfered because they werenot found-this is highly likely because of the unreliable method of manually movingall of your music from one computer to the other.Step 9:Transfer iTunes using DVDs: Open iTunes and click on file, library, Back Up to Disc.Insert a disc and start the backup. Youll need several DVDs, depending on the size ofyour iTunes library.Step 10:Transfer iTunes using Software: TuneSwift is a 3rd party app, allowing you to transferiTunes from your PC to another computer (PC or Mac). All you need is theapplication - http://www.copytrans.net/copytranstuneswift.php - and an external harddrive to store the iTunes transfer file. Just follow the on-screen instructions and youreall set.Tips:Dont be tempted to upload your files onto a website. This would work OK, exceptthat internet upload speeds are usually far slower than downloads, and will take a verylong time if your library is of any decent size.If youre using a mac the library is most likely stored in /Users/*Your ShortName*/Music/iTunes/
  3. 3. iPhone/iPod/iPad/Mac Transfer, DVD Ripper, Video Converter, DVD Creator for MacRelated Tutorials:How to transfer or backup iPhone contents to PCHow to transfer contents from iPhone to MaciPad/iPhone/iPod to Computer Transfer

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