4433 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2009 12:51 PM by Katrina S.
I am about to clean-up my computer with a complete reinstall
Make sure you deauthorize your computer prior to formatting/reinstalling the OS. it.
I wanted to make sure I can sucessfully re-download ITunes also
You can redownload the iTunes application but you cannot redownload movies or music.
Copy your \Music\iTunes\ folder to an external drive or CD/DVD and replace it after you reinstall iTunes.
This will backup your movies, applications, music, playlists, and everything in iTunes.
will my previously purchased music and playlists remain intact or will they be lost?
They will be lost unless you back them up first.
Those are good suggestions. The sad truth I have discovered, however, unless I'm missing something, is that when you switch computers or iphones, then you will pretty much lose stuff. I've been very disappointed in the transfer process. You can save the big stuff, but a lot of little important things get lost. Most applications store data that is not sync'd for example, and iTunes is unbelievably picky about sync'ing with more than one device. Essentially forces you to erase everything on the iPhone and start over.
The sad truth I have discovered, however, unless I'm missing something, is that when you switch computers or iphones, then you will pretty much lose stuff.
If you simply expect to plug in your device to a new computer and have everything appear, then okay.
However, since you maintain good, up-to-date backups of all your data, it is very simple to transfer to a new comuter.
Even if you don't have good backups, there are applications which will extract most info from the iPod and sync it to a new computer (but I would not rely on these as the only way to get the data).
iTunes is unbelievably picky about sync'ing with more than one device
Just the opposite.
It's very simple to sync more than one device (iPod, touch or iPhone) to iTunes and to have specific info sync'd to a specific device.
I am halfway between you and Chris' opinion.
iTunes is very finicky if one doesn't absolutely choose itunes defaults and let itunes manage all the content.
My desktop just died and I was successful in moving my itunes library with everything over to my laptop. It did retain ipod click wheel game data just fine. However, I don't have an iphone....who knows how that would have gone!