In most cases you simply need to copy the entire iTunes folder from your old computer into the user's music folder of the new computer, then deauthorize the old computer if you no longer wish to access protected iTunes content on it. This approach works well as long as your library is in the usual layout where all of the media connected to the iTunes library is inside the iTunes Media folder, which in turn is inside the iTunes folder holding the library database file. If your library is not in this standard shape, perhaps because you've placed the media folder on a different drive, or have added media from various different locations without making copies in the media folder, then you either need to copy each of the components of the library to matching paths on the new computer or see Make a split library portable for advice on manipulating the library into a portable layout that can be copied to a new location without breaking the links to the media. You can copy your library over a network share, or copy it to an external drive, move the drive between computers, then copy it into the new computer. However a better approach is to maintain a regular backup of the iTunes library, update the backup when you want to switch computers, restore the library to the new machine, then regularly maintain the backup going forward. Backing up the library in this fashion ensures you have a working clone of the library on an external drive that you can connect to at any time if needed. A portable library can be copied or restored to a location other than the standard user's music folder, which is probably the best approach if your computer has a small SSD system drive. If you want to place your library on a different path, typically the root of a drive, then press and hold down shift Win or option Mac as you start iTunes to get the option to create or choose a new library, select choose, then browse to the folder that contains your library and select the iTunes Library. If you have difficulty updating content see Repair security permissions for iTunes for Windows or Repair security permissions for iTunes for Mac as appropriate. As long as you move the library properly any devices that you have will sync with it as if nothing has changed.
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If you have a large iTunes library, transferring iTunes to a new computer can be complicated. Libraries that have over 1, albums, multiple seasons of TV, and a few feature-length movies, podcasts, audiobooks, and more take up a lot of hard drive space. Combine the size of these libraries and with the metadata content such as ratings, play counts, and album art , and you need an efficient and comprehensive way to transfer iTunes or back it up. You can use several techniques to keep your music when you change your computer. Instructions in this article apply to macOS Apple discontinued iTunes in macOS The easiest way to transfer an iTunes library is to use software to copy your iPod or iPhone to a new computer. The exact procedure will differ depending on which software you use, but this is generally how it works:.
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When you get a new computer or hard drive, you can move your iTunes library, enabling you to run iTunes on a new machine, and keep the links to these music files active. Make a new backup of your iTunes library, or update your existing backup before you move it. Even if you already have a backup of your iTunes library, this step makes sure you capture any changes and makes the process easier. This will keep anything you added to your new computer separate from your old library.
Written By Axel Nash May 22, Too many times, while moving from one system to another, we end up losing our iTunes media. In this post, I will cover 4 smart solutions that can help you move iTunes library to a new computer or an iPhone like a pro. To start with, I will list the most common solution to copy iTunes library to a new computer. For this, you need to first take a backup of our iTunes library and later move it to another system.