Transfer Your iTunes Music Library

So, for whatever reason, you need to move that iTunes library that you’ve spent so much time and money on to a new location. Follow the questions in this wizard to find the solution that works best for you.

What are you trying to do?

I’m trying to transfer my iTunes music library from one computer to another

It’s very common for someone to need to transfer their music library from one computer to another, and there are a variety of solutions for this problem. To determine what solution works best for you, please answer the following question:

How much of your iTunes music library do you need to transfer?

I’m trying to copy songs off of my iPod onto my computer

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s pretty easy to get songs onto your iPod, but getting them off is another story. To copy songs from your iPod, you need to buy iPod to Computer Software. These software programs are simple to use and pay for themselves in not having to re-purchase music.

I’m trying to move my iTunes library to a different location, whether on the same hard drive, or to a separate hard drive on the same computer

If you’re looking to move your iTunes library to a different location on the same computer, or to a separate hard drive, here’s a good article on how to do that.

If I could just transfer my songs from my iTunes library, that would be enough for me

If you only want to move your music files from your iTunes library, and aren’t concerned about Playlists, Play Counts, or Song Ratings, then transferring your iTunes library will be pretty simple.

  • If both computers are on the same network, you can use Home Sharing to transfer your music.
  • If you have an external hard drive, or some other means to get your music files to the new computer, you can add those songs to iTunes by choosing File > Add to Library… and selecting your music files.

I want to transfer my songs and my Playlists

If you’re comfortable with editing an XML file (not as complicated as it sounds), you can transfer not only your songs and Playlists, but also Song Ratings, Play Counts, and more with our article, Transfer iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings.

But, if you’d rather have some software help you out, check out our article Using Software to Transfer iTunes Music and Playlists. It will show you how to transfer your songs and Playlists using some simple software.

Even if it takes a little tech-savvy, I need to transfer my songs, Playlists, Song Ratings, Play Counts – everything.

If you’re comfortable with editing an XML file (not as complicated as it sounds), you can transfer your songs, Playlists, Song Ratings, Play Counts, and more with our article, Transfer iTunes Playlists and Song Ratings.

But, if you’d rather have some software help, and just want to transfer your songs and Playlists, check out our article Using Software to Transfer iTunes Music and Playlists.

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