How to move your iTunes library to a new computer

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These are the steps in order to move your Itunes library from one computer to another.


How to Create A Different iTunes Library

Step One: Backup your Itunes Library
The first thing you must do is backup Itunes library. This can be done in a number of ways such as on your computer, using a cloud device or using a external hard drive. This makes sure that if something happens during this process your iTunes library is not completely lost.

Step Two: The Transfer
The second thing to is to move iTunes library to a new computer. This can be done using a Mac and a PC and each of these steps are a little different, So they will be listed as part of two different lists.

How to move library to a new PC
If you are getting a new PC you may want to use a program such as Windows Easy Transfer. This a slower process than others, but it is more organized than using something like an external hard drive.

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How to move library to a new Mac

  • Go to the Finder menu
  • Choose Preferences
  • Check the boxes next to “External Disks” and “Hard disks”

Step Three: Install Itunes
One the new computer download and install the latest version of Itunes

Move your new Content
If you have used iTunes on your computer, move the media folder to a new folder. This will help to make sure that the items that are on your new computer will be separate from your old Itunes library. This files can be added back to your library in another step.

Mac: Move your Itunes Media folder
PC: Move your Itunes Media folder


Step Four: Copy the iTunes back on Your Old Computer
How to copy all of your media files, including the library files that holds all your playlists and other settings, to your computer.

Step Five: Open Itunes
You’ve now moved all of your music, playlists, and other information-including play counts and ratings– from your own computer to your new one.

Step Six: Adding the new content back. (This step is optional)
Copy the Itunes folder from step four and transfer this folder into the “Automatically Add to Itunes” folder inside the Itunes Media folder which was copied in step five. Than Itunes will automatically import this content.


Step Seven: Using Itunes and the Cloud

If you don’t have a backup of your iTunes library and your old computer is unavailable, you can download past purchases made with your Apple ID through iTunes in the Cloud.

If you have multiple Apple IDs, you might find it easier to transfer purchases from a device once you have authorized your new computer with your Apple ID.

If you have an iTunes Match subscription you can have this subscription transferred to the Itunes on your new computer once you have authorized your Itunes account to your new computer.

Step Eight: When the Transfer of Your Library is Complete

When you discontinue using your old computer

  • Click on store
  • Than click deauthorize which can be found in the Itunes menu bar

If Itunes was used to back up your device which is on the iOS operating system, you can either back the device up on your brand new computer or this process can be done manually by transfer the back up from your old computer to your new computer.

When using the iCloud if you have this enabled you can just set up your original iCloud account on your new computer.

It is best to make a new library on Itunes like the one you had on your old computer if your old computer can still be used This prevents an iOS device from seeing the old computer as the new one because of the old library files.

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