2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2013 5:03 PM by turingtest2
BobW73 Level 1 (0 points)

how do i import all my music from my old computer to my new one? I just loaded iTunes but can't get it to recognize all the music in my folder. It wants me to load songs one at a time and I am NOT going to do that with 44 GB of music.

  • AnaMusic Level 9 (57,110 points)

    To have  EVERYTHING  as it is Now...


    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.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 (69,303 points)

    These are two possible approaches that should work to move an existing library to a new computer.


    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 your computer has died with no backup then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device.