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How to Move iTunes Music From One Computer to a New Computer

    Backup Disc Transfer

    • 1). Open iTunes on your primary computer and connect your iPod. Click on the "File" tab, highlight "Library" and select "Back Up to Disc." You have the option to back up your entire iTunes library and playlists or your iTunes purchases. Select one of the two options and click "Backup."

    • 2). Insert a blank DVD-R into your disc drive. You also have the option to use a blank CD-R. It is recommended that you use a DVD-R, which can store many more music files on a single disc. If you are using CD-Rs, you will need numerous discs to back up your iTunes music.

    • 3). Safely remove your iPod from the main computer after you have completed the backup process.

    • 4). Open iTunes on your secondary computer and insert your backup discs. Click "Restore" when iTunes prompts you to restore music via the backup disc.

    iPod Transfer

    • 1). Open iTunes on your primary computer and connect your iPod via the USB cable.

    • 2). Select your iPod in the "Device" pane. Click the "Summary" tab and "Enable disc use" by checking the box next to "Manually manage music." Click "OK" when the "Disabling automatic update requires manually unmounting the iPod before each disconnect" message box appears. Next, click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the iTunes screen.

    • 3). Click the "Edit" tab and choose the "Preferences" option. Click on the "Advanced" icon and check the box listed next to "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library."

    • 4). Consolidate your iTunes music folder by clicking the "File" tab, highlighting the "Library" option and selecting the "Consolidate" option. When the "Consolidating your library will copy all of your music into the iTunes Media folder. This cannot be undone." window appears, click "Consolidate."

    • 5). Quit iTunes and open "My Computer" from the Windows "Start" menu. Locate and drag your iTunes music folder to the iPod icon on the "My Computer" screen. The process may take a while if you have an extensive iTunes library.

    • 6). Open iTunes when the music file transfer process is finished. Eject your iPod by clicking on the "Controls" tab and selecting the "Eject" option. Disconnect your iPod from the computer.

    • 7). Open iTunes on your secondary computer. Click on the "Edit" tab and select the "Preferences" option. Click on the "Advanced" icon. Click the "Reset" button next to the iTunes Media folder location and click "OK."

    • 8). Click on the "File" tab, highlight the "Library" option, and select "Consolidate Library." Click "Consolidate" when the "Consolidating your library will copy all of your music into the iTunes music folder. This cannot be undone." message appears. Quit iTunes.

    • 9). Open the "My Documents" folder on your secondary computer and locate your "My Music" folder. Drag your "iTunes" folder to your desktop.

    • 10

      Go to "Start," click on "My Computer" and double-click on the iPod icon. Drag the iTunes folder from the iPod to the "My Music" folder. Once the process is finished, open iTunes to view or play your music.



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