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How To Back Up iTunes Library In 10.4?

12332 Views 21 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2011 5:30 AM by turingtest2 RSS
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,860 points)
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    Aug 20, 2011 11:47 AM (in response to SteveWVR)

    Sure, copying the entire iTunes folder as suggested in the support article works, but it is not very efficient. The advantage of using SyncToy as recommended earlier in this thread is that after taking an initial backup copy, subsequent runs only have to copy new or updated files.



  • julilly46 Calculating status...
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    Aug 27, 2011 7:59 PM (in response to johnnyboy_1969)

    A really simple fix.  BRING BACK Back Up to Disc.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,350 points)
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    Aug 27, 2011 11:34 PM (in response to julilly46)

    So how exactly does that help right now?

  • JoeyG82 Calculating status...
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    Sep 7, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to SteveWVR)

    Thanks for this link.  I've had a look and it makes sense the only problem is that is copies everything.  Is there anyway I can copy ONLY itune purchases everything else I have the CD's for and I think that it is a better back up than the icloud.


    Argh - it's frustrating cos i'm already up to back up Disc 29 when I updated to 10.4 and so now I have no idea what has been backed up.  Is it beneficial reverting back to an older version???


    Sadly the only apple items i use is the ipod and itunes and if i can't sort this it's back to creative mp3 and other media sites, I don't like being told what i can and can not do :-(

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,860 points)
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    Sep 7, 2011 8:56 AM (in response to JoeyG82)

    What is to stop you backing up your iTunes purchases, and indeed the entire library, the same way you back up all your other important data? Your documents, photos, contacts, email history, etc... You do back these up now don't you?


    As I've said elsewhere instead of complaining about the removal of a little used feature think of it as a wake-up call to start taking backup seriously. iTunes is going to give you access to your store purchase history even if you have no use for the paid iCloud service... if you are in the US you've got it already and elsewhere it can only be a matter of time.



  • Met69 Calculating status...
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    Dec 18, 2011 12:17 AM (in response to johnnyboy_1969)

    I wrote Apple a letter to explain my frustration with the iTunes data disc back-up feature being removed... anyone who has tried to do a basic back-up now knows what I'm writing about... it's now a nightmare situation for those of us who are not computer savvy, nor interested in experimenting with consolidating files ( good luck if you don't have enough room left on your computer to consolidate )  I have no iTunes purchased music so am not interested in giving Apple more money to back-up my music. This basic feature needs to be returned... please write Apple too at

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,860 points)
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    Dec 18, 2011 5:30 AM (in response to Met69)

    You're flogging a dead horse, and resurrecting a three-month old thread to boot.


    Please read my post just above yours. It is unlikely that only data on your computer you care about losing is your non-iTunes purchased media that you ripped from your personal CDs (which you could rip again). If you have a backup strategy for the other stuff, extend it to include your iTunes library. If you don't then see this User Tip.



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