So you’ve built a gargantuan iTunes library filled with some of the finest music and videos on Earth and now you’re afraid to lose it all when you upgrade. Do you want to know how to transfer an iTunes library from one computer to another computer? You’ve come to the right place.
Luckily there are a few easy options for moving your entire library to another computer. There are three things you need to consider before jumping in and transferring your iTunes library. First, each of the below transfer methods will preserve your meta data. Meta data is used by iTunes to keep track of non-essential information, like the number of plays each song has had, the number of times you’ve skipped over a lame song and the star rating you’ve given your songs.
Second, you need to consider whether or not you want to move your entire iTunes library or just a portion of it.
The third thing to consider is how you want to transfer the data. Are you okay burning your library to a DVD or do you want to use a portable hard drive or USB memory stick?
The two options I’ll give you to transfer your iTunes library from one computer to another is the ‘manual method’ and the ‘iTunes method’. Each method has some pros and cons depending on the answers you gave above.
The ‘manual method’ will allow you to back up your iTunes library including all media and meta data. This method will allow you to backup exactly what you want and will allow you to back it up to any type of media you want – DVD, hard drive or USB. The only downside is that if you have your media spread out across your hard drive, it may be difficult to make sure you grab it all.
The ‘iTunes method’ is a bit stricter in how you back up the data and will only allow you to burn data to a DVD or CD, but it does the dirty work of finding all of your media and ensuring all of the data gets backed up. The other downside is that you can’t be selective in what gets backed up – you can choose to back up the entire library or only items you’ve purchased from iTunes.