3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 1:21 AM by turingtest2
westch Level 1 (0 points)

I am interested in purchasing a new PC and wanted to transfer all of the music on my Itunes onto my new computer's Itunes the easiest was possible. Any suggestions?

iPod classic, Windows 2000
  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    From your OLD computer...


    Copy your ENTIRE iTunes FOLDER to an External Drive... and then from the External Drive to your New Computer..


    Full Details Here  >  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751



    An Added Bonus is that you will have a Backup of iTunes.

  • Chamar Level 4 (2,105 points)

    Follow the instructions for Moving your iTunes Media folder.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (68,552 points)

    These are two possible approaches that should work to move the existing library to the new laptop.


    Method 1

    1. Backup the library with this User Tip.
    2. Restore the backup to your new computer using the same tool used to back it up.
    3. Deauthorize the old computer if you no longer want to access protected content on it.
    4. Keep your backup up-to-date in future.


    Method 2

    Connect the two computers to the same network. Share your <User's Music> folder from the old computer and copy the entire iTunes library folder into the <User's Music> folder on the new one. Again, deauthorize the old computer if no longer required.


    Both methods should give the new computer a working clone of the library that was on the old one. As far as iTunes is concerned this is still the "home" library for your devices so you shouldn't have any issues with iTunes wanting to erase are reload.


    I'd recommend method 1 since it establishes an ongoing backup for your library.


    Should you be in the unfortunate position where you are no longer able to access your library or a backup of it then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device.