If you use an iPod, iTouch, or iPhone and plan on getting a new computer, you will want to read this article! OR, if you use any of these devices and want to make sure your library stays safe, you will want to read this article! Yesterday, I helped a customer setup a new Windows 7 computer and transfer email, favorites, and other data from his old Windows XP computer. Turns out that he also needed to move his iTunes library of more than 8, songs and almost playlists! In the past, I have had to open an iTunes XML file in a word processor and then use find and replace to enter the path to the storage location on the new computer. It was extremely difficult and tedious. I am happy to report that I successfully transferred the entire 36 gigabyte library and playlists using the following technique:. I could kiss you. This morning, I was head down on my desk, despairing over countless foreseen hours of manually rebuilding playlists for my new computer. Thank you so much for the step-by-step, accurate intructions!
Part 1: How to Copy iTunes Library to a New Computer via iTunes Backup?
Part 2: Transfer iTunes Library to a New PC with Home Sharing
When you get a new computer or hard drive, you can move your iTunes library, enabling you to run iTunes on a new machine, and keep the links to these music files active. Make a new backup of your iTunes library, or update your existing backup before you move it. Even if you already have a backup of your iTunes library, this step makes sure you capture any changes and makes the process easier. This will keep anything you added to your new computer separate from your old library. Before you begin, de-select the option to keep your iTunes media folder organised:. NOTE: If you move your media to an external hard drive, you must connect that drive to your computer to access your files. Remember to back up the media you have in iTunes. Next, move your iTunes folder, and any associated media to a new drive location. To copy all of your media files, including the library file that holds all your playlists and other settings, to your new computer:.
Consolidate your iTunes library
Written By Axel Nash May 22, Too many times, while moving from one system to another, we end up losing our iTunes media. In this post, I will cover 4 smart solutions that can help you move iTunes library to a new computer or an iPhone like a pro.
This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. This article has been viewed 1,, times. Learn more This wikiHow teaches you how to move your iTunes music library from one computer to a new computer. You'll need to use a USB drive or an external hard drive to do this. Eject the hard drive, then plug it into your new computer. To learn some keyboard shortcuts you can use to make transferring your library easier, keep reading! Did this summary help you?