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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.


  • Step 1: Open iTunes Open your iTunes.
  • Step 2: Choose "Back up to disc" Under File, choose the option "Back up to disc."
  • 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."
  • Step 4: Insert disc When prompted to do so, insert a blank CD or DVD to begin the process.
  • 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.
  • TIP: It will take some time for each disc to burn, so don't eject it until the computer tells you it's finished.
  • Step 6: Store discs Store the completed discs. Remember, they cannot be played; they are for restorative purposes only.
  • FACT: More than a million iTunes are downloaded every day.

You Will Need

  • An iTunes library
  • And recordable CDs or DVDs

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