How to move iTunes library to new computer?

When you buy a new computer, you can transfer iTunes library to the new computer so that you can play your media and sync with the computer. The procedure on how to move iTunes library to a new computer is given below. Before you begin with the process of moving the iTunes library to the new computer, make sure you update the existing library or make a new backup of your iTunes library. Even if you already have a backup of your iTunes library, this step is to capture any changes making the process easier.

If you wish to move iTunes library to a new computer, you can transfer your data from another Mac or a personal computer. If a user is replacing his/her personal computer, the user might be able to use Windows Easy Transfer. This option is more thorough than the options but is a little slow.

If a user is adopting this method on a Mac, then

  • Choose preferences from the Finder menu.
  • Be sure of the boxes next to ‘Hard Disks’ and ‘External Disks’ are enabled.

The first step is to download and install the latest version of iTunes available on the Apple Store. The second step is moving the content. If the usage of iTunes is made on a computer, then transfer the media to a new folder. Following this step helps in keeping the new and the old folder separated from each other. These files can also be transferred back to your iTunes library.

  • Situate the following folders on the new computer

Mac: Select Go, go to Home from the Finder menu bar. Double tap on the music folder.

Windows XP: Go to \Documents and Settings, go to the username, go to  My Documents, go to My Music.

Windows Vista: Go to Users, go to the username, go to Music, go to iTunes.

Windows 7 and Windows 8: Go to Users, go to the username, go to My Music, go to iTunes.

Now slide the iTunes folder in this section onto the desktop.

Mac: To the Desktop from the Music Folder.

Windows: To the Desktop from the My Music folder.

Situate the external drive on the new computer.

Mac: Onto the Desktop.

Windows: In windows, in Computer or My Computer.

Now double tap the external drive icon to get it to open.

Slide the iTunes folder from the external drive to the Music Folder (Mac) or My Music Folder (Windows)  on the new computer. The moving of data may take some time if the content is large.

Mac: To the Music Folder from the external drive.

Windows: To the Music library from the external drive.

Now you have transferred all of your music, playlists, and all other information which includes play counts and ratings, to your new computer from your old one.

Copy the iTunes Media folder that was created into the folder called ‘Automatically Add to iTunes’ inside the folder called iTunes Media. The content will be automatically imported by iTunes.

If there is no backup of the iTunes library and the computer is not available, there is an option called download past purchase made with the Apple ID via iTunes in the Cloud. If you have more than one Apple IDs, you may find it easier to transfer purchases from a computer, iPhone, iPad, or any devices after authorizing your new computer with the Apple ID. If you formerly subscribed to iTunes Match, you can switch on iTunes Match the moment you new computer is authorized.

If a user plans to stop using the old computer, de-authorize it by selecting Store, then Deauthorize This Computer from the menu bar of iTunes. If the user has used iTunes on the old computer to back up the iOS device, backup the iDevices on the new computer or manually move the backups from the old computer. If iCloud was used with the old computer for synching, then on your new computer iCloud must be set up. Recreate your iTunes library if you wish to continue with your old computer. This helps in preventing an iOS device from seeing the old computer as the new computer because of the old files of the library.

If the connection between two computers seems like a tough job, external hard disks can always be used. Onto the disk, copy the iTunes folder, from the first computer remove the disk and attach it to the second computer. To transfer iTunes library with the help of an external hard drive, just locate your iTunes folder as instructed. Then into your hard drive, copy and paste it.

To transfer iTunes library to new computer, these are the steps to be followed on your old computer.

Open a new Finder window, and go to the Music folder, which should be under your username, then select Music. You must see a folder named iTunes. Right-click on this folder and then copy it.

Another way on how to transfer iTunes library from one computer to another is by using Home Sharing. To use Home Sharing between two computers, iTunes must be installed on both of these computers and must have the same home network which is wired or Wi-Fi. An Apple ID must be connected to your iTunes account. Make sure that these two computers are connected to the network and are updated to the iTunes latest version. Click on the Home Sharing icon present in the first computer. This icon will be present in the left menu in the place of the music library. Click File if the Home Sharing is absent and then go to the library and select Homing Sharing. Select ‘Turn On Home Sharing’. The Home Sharing icon will not be visible unless it is enabled on both the computers. Now log in with your Apple ID and password. Once the information is entered, select the ‘Create the Home Screen’ button. On the second computer, select the ‘Store’ menu and then click on ‘Authorize Computer’. Here, you will be asked your Apple ID and password. Click on the Home Sharing icon and click on the Import button. This is how to transfer iTunes library to another computer.