How do I copy music I have loaded into iTunes from one computer to another without reloading every CD?
Currently Being ModeratedRe: How do I copy music I have loaded into iTunes from one computer to another without reloading every CD?Feb 18, 2013 6:06 AM (in response to Mimish1225)
If you want an easy time copying from one PC to another.
First make sure all your files a rein the iTunes media folder by consolidating your library.
Then moving is simply a matter of copying the iTunes folder from music on one PC to music on the other.
This is about using an ipod, but an external drive or network connection work just as well.
Currently Being ModeratedRe: How do I copy music I have loaded into iTunes from one computer to another without reloading every CD?Feb 18, 2013 6:08 AM (in response to Mimish1225)
These are two possible approaches that will normally work to move an existing library to a new computer.
- Backup the library with this User Tip.
- Deauthorize the old computer if you no longer want to access protected content on it.
- Restore the backup to your new computer using the same tool used to back it up.
- Keep your backup up-to-date in future.
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 and reload.
I'd recommend method 1 since it establishes an ongoing backup for your library.
Note if you have failed to move contacts and calendar items across you should create one dummy entry of each in your new profile and iTunes should merge the existing data from the device.
If your media folder has been split out from the main iTunes folder you may need to do some preparatory work to make it easier to move. See make a split library portable.
Should you be in the unfortunate position where you are no longer able to access your original library or a backup then then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device for advice on how to set up your devices with a new library with the maximum preservation of data.
Currently Being ModeratedRe: How do I copy music I have loaded into iTunes from one computer to another without reloading every CD?Feb 19, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to Mimish1225)
Thank you, I believe my problem is resolved! It did take some time! Now I just have to get my icloud situation eliminated. I really don't need it! Thanks again.
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