How to Transfer iTunes Library to A New Computer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by masker, May 6, 2010.

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    How to Transfer iTunes Library to A New Computer?Most of us have pretty large iTunes libraries and our iTunes libraries take up a lot of hard drive space. The size of these libraries presents some challenges when you're trying to back up your computer or transfer iTunes library to a new computer. After all, you spent all that time importing your CDs once ? you don't want to do it again. There are a few ways to make you transfer iTunes library easier. Here are some ideas for you:1. Use iPod Copy or iPod Backup SoftwareOne of the easiest ways to transfer iTunes library is by use software to copy the contents of your iPod to a computer. I recommend these best ones:Cucusoft iPhone/iTouch/iPod to Computer TransferMac iPod to Computer/iTunes Transfer 2. Use iTunes BackupITunes offers a built-in back up tool that you can find in the File menu. Just go File - > Backup to Disc.This method will back up your full library (with the exception of audio books from Audible.com) to CD or DVD. All you need are blank discs and some time. However, if you've got a big library, or a CD burner rather than a DVD burner, this will take many, many CDs. This may not be the most efficient way to back up, since you've already got hard copies of the CDs you've added.If you've got a DVD burner, this will make more sense, as a DVD can hold the equivalent of nearly 7 CDs.I recommend to use this best DVD burners -Cucusoft Video to DVD Converter (DVD Burner)If you've just got a CD burner, you may want to consider choosing the option to only back up iTunes Store purchases or make incremental backups ? backing up only new content since your last backup.For more information about this option, check out Apple's guide to the process.3. External Hard DriveHard drives these days offer more storage capacity for lower prices than ever before. Thanks to this, you can get a very large external hard drive for an affordable price. This is another good iTunes backup option.If you find an external hard drive that you like, you can just connect it to your computer, find your iTunes library (On Windows, it,s the "My Music" folder. On a Mac, it's just called "Music."), and copy it to the hard drive to make a backup.Depending on the size of your library, this may take some time, but it's effective. Backup utility programs can also be used to make the process more efficient ? such as only backing up new files.Once you have this backup, you can just copy it to your new computer or your old one, if you have a crash.Read more


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