How to Back Up Your iTunes Library

You've spent months, years, decades updating your music collection from vinyl to 8-track, from 8-track to cassette, from cassette to CD, from CD to this new-fangled digital format. Don't let all that hard work disappear with one fried circuit—back it up.


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You Will Need

  • An iTunes library
  • And recordable CDs or DVDs


  1. Step 1

    Open iTunes

    Open your iTunes.

  2. Step 2

    Choose "Back up to disc"

    Under File, choose the option "Back up to disc."

  3. Step 3

    Choose back up option

    Choose one of the three options given: "Back up entire iTunes library," "Back up only iTunes store purchases," and "Only back up items added or changed since last backup."

  4. Step 4

    Insert disc

    When prompted to do so, insert a blank CD or DVD to begin the process.

  5. Step 5

    Insert new discs

    Wait for the disc to finish burning and continue inserting new discs as prompted until your entire library is burned.

  6. It will take some time for each disc to burn, so don't eject it until the computer tells you it's finished.

  7. Step 6

    Store discs

    Store the completed discs. Remember, they cannot be played; they are for restorative purposes only.

  8. More than a million iTunes are downloaded every day.