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How to Transfer iTunes Music from One Computer to Another

Getting a new computer is exciting, but the information transfer process can be tedious. Fortunately, you can use an iPod to get your music onto your new computer.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Drag the iTunes folder into the iPod. When the music files have finished copying, open iTunes and eject your iPod.
  • Step 2: Open iTunes on your new computer, connect your iPod, and drag the iTunes folder from the iPod directly into the iTunes window on your new computer. You can also add the music by clicking “Add to Library” from the File drop down menu in iTunes and selecting the iTunes folder from your iPod. Now you're ready to rock and roll on your new machine.
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  • Step 3: Quit iTunes, and locate your iPod in My Computer if you’re using a PC, or on your desktop if you’re using a Mac. Then locate your iTunes music file under Documents and My Music on your PC or under Username and the Music folder on your Mac.
  • TIP: Check your space availability at the bottom of the iTunes window.
  • Step 4: Click OK when you see the message, "Disabling automatic update requires manually unmounting the iPod before each disconnect." Click Apply at the bottom right-hand side of the screen.
  • Step 5: Under the File menu, choose Library, Organize Library, and then Consolidate Files. Click Consolidate. This consolidates all of your music into one folder titled iTunes Media, which you can locate by opening Preferences and clicking the Advanced tab.
  • Step 6: Open iTunes and connect your iPod. Once iTunes has recognized your iPod, select it under the Devices menu on the left side of the screen. Click on the Summary tab and select the Manually Manage Music checkbox.

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