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how can i back up my iTunes library if i want to uninstall it?

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how can i back up my iTunes library if i want to uninstall it?

iPhone 3GS, iOS 5.1.1
  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)
    1. Quit iTunes.
    2. Locate your external hard drive.
      Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
      Windows: In My Computer
    3. Locate your iTunes folder:
      By default, the iTunes folder is located in:
      Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
      Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
      Windows Vista: \Users\username\My Music\
      Windows 7 or 8: \Users\username\Music\
    4. If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above then you can find where the iTunes folder is located by following these instructions:
      1. Open your iTunes Preferences:
        Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
        Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
      2. Click Advanced.
      3. The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in iTunes Media folder location box, as pictured below.
    5. Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items.
    6. When the transfer is complete, your iTunes Library will have been successfully copied to your external hard drive.

    (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1751)

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)
    1. Quit iTunes.
    2. Locate your external hard drive.
      Mac: On the Desktop or Finder sidebar.
      Windows: In My Computer
    3. Drag the iTunes folder (backed up earlier) from your external hard drive to whatever location you desire on your internal hard drive. It is recommended that you choose the default location for the iTunes folder, which is:
      Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
      Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
      Windows Vista: \Users\username\My Music\
      Windows 7 or 8: \Users\username\Music\
    4. Open iTunes while holding down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows).
    5. In the resulting dialog, click the Choose Library button.
    6. Select the iTunes folder you just moved to the internal hard drive.
    7. Click Choose (Mac OS X) or Open (Windows) and then choose the iTunes Library file inside .

    After following these steps, iTunes will open and your iTunes Library will be restored.

    (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1751)

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Glad I could help

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