I want to move my itunes library to a new computer

i want to move my itunes library to a new computer

These are two possible approaches that will normally work to move an existing library to a new computer.
Method 1
Backup the library with this User Tip.
Deauthorize the old computer if you no longer want to access protected content on it.
Restore the backup to your new computer using the same tool used to back it up.
Keep your backup up-to-date in future.
Method 2
Connect the two computers to the same network. Share your <User's Music> folder from the old computer and copy the entire iTunes library folder into the <User's Music> folder on the new one. Again, deauthorize the old computer if no longer required.
Both methods should give the new computer a working clone of the library that was on the old one. As far as iTunes is concerned this is still the "home" library for your devices so you shouldn't have any issues with iTunes wanting to erase and reload.
I'd recommend method 1 since it establishes an ongoing backup for your library.
Note if you have iOS devices and haven't moved your contacts and calendar items across then you should create one dummy entry of each in your new profile and iTunes should  merge the existing data from the device.
If your media folder has been split out from the main iTunes folder you may need to do some preparatory work to make it easier to move. See make a split library portable.
Should you be in the unfortunate position where you are no longer able to access your original library or a backup then then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device for advice on how to set up your devices with a new library with the maximum preservation of data.
tt2

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    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities
    Connect an external disk, go to My Music folder and copy iTunes folder to your external disk. Then, connect the external drive to your new computer, copy iTunes to My Music and open iTunes. If your library doesn't appear after opening the application, open iTunes holding Shift key and go to the folder with your library

  • HT4527 How do you move your iTunes library to a new computer without access to your old computer?

    How do you move your iTunes library to a new computer without access to the old computer? The old computer id damaged and unavailable.

    See Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device.
    tt2

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    i have installed i tunes on my new laptop and when i plug in my i phone it syncs fine but when i go into my library there is only music i have purchased from i tunes, the old library itself is not there (no uploaded music via old cd's ect) and i can only up load photos i have taken with my phone, not the photos from my old computer/library. all my music and photos are still on my iphone but i want to upload everything onto my new computer not just my i tunes purchases and photos only taken with my iphone.......help please its driving me mad!!!!!!! surely there is a way to move items from my phone to my computer and not by sending 500 photos via email and waving goodbye to my music i no onger have the cd's for?!?!?!?!?!?! madness!!!!!
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    Why didn't you transfer your iTunes library from your old computer to youir new computer along with all other important data, and where is the backup for your old computer that should include your iTunes library along with all other important data?
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    Use Migration Assstant to move all content from an old computer to a new.
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    Windows users see tip at: https://discussions.apple.com/message/18879381
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    Can I just download the newest itunes and still have my 4th generation ipod work with it?

    Download iTunes on the new computer and then:
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    My computer with my entire itunes library has crashed.  How can I move what's on my iphone to my laptop?

    First, let me say that I fully sympathize with your problem as I've had the exact same thing happen to me this past week. Everything that you've downloaded and purchased through iTunes can be redownloaded to another computer, which you can then sync with your iPhone and keep your content (minus contacts/calendars/and any music not bought through iTunes). Go to www.apple.com/support/itunes, select the Music Purchases tab in the column beneath Get Customer Service, open the Lost or Missing Items tab, and on the right hand side open the linked words saying Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store. A detailed explanation of recovering everything will be explained in steps according to the problem. Hope this helps!

  • I have just purchased a new computer, please can someone help me.  How do I move my itunes library onto the new computer? I thought with my apple id and password, I would be able to use as before. Please help?!

    I have had to purchase a new computer, as my last laptop died!! I have tried to add music onto my iphone, and my childrens ipod touch's, but its looking like it will clear their memory completely. Please can someone advise me what I need to do. Many thanks.

    See iTunes: How to move your music to a new computer
    BTW this list os for discussing the list itself. You'll get better response to questiosn you post if you post them to the correct list. I'll ask to have this moved to the iTunes list.
    regards

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    Choose Consolidate Library from the Advanced menu in iTunes, confirm this action, open the Advanced section of the iTunes preferences, check the path for the iTunes library, and move the folder at that path to the corresponding location on the new computer, using any method necessary to transfer the data.
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  • Hi-how can i transger my itunes library to a new computer without having my old computer in my presence?

    Hi,
    I recenlty bought a new computer, a Windows one and my old computer was a Mac.   I am trying to move my itunes library to my new computer, however, I do not know how to do this.  I downloaded itunes on my new HP and I have logged in to itunes and have authorized this computer on the account.  I cannot seem to find any of my songs or how to bring them up in my itunes account.  I do not have my old computer in my presence.  If someone has an idea, please let me know.  I just want to listen to my music!!
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    If you do not have access to the iTunes Library on your Old computer... or its Backup...
    See these 2 Links...
    Recovering your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device
    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3991
    Syncing to a New Computer...
    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3141

  • HT204318 moving itunes library to a new computer with different partition letters

    Want to move my itunes library to a different computer (actually my older computer, which will be a dedicated itunes box). I know how to do it, except for one thing - am not sure how it affects things that in its new home it will be on partition 'D' rather than 'E' where it is now.  Can I still just copy everything over (via external drive) or will everything be left with the wrong drive letter?

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    all your media files are contained within the hierarchy of folders under iTunes Media
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    Mac 101- File Sharing

  • I'm moving to an imac from a PC. I want to move my itunes library from the PC to my new imac. What is the best method and where can I find instructions?

    I'm moving to an imac from a PC. I want to move my itunes library from the PC to my new imac. What is the best method and where can I find instructions?

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  • I want to move my itunes library

    HI All
    I want to move my itunes library to another laptop, but this laptop has a family members account and device synced. whats the best way to do this without removing or stuffing up their account?

    Copy the entire iTunes folder to the other drive.  Start iTunes while holding down the option/alt key and select the library.itl file in the copied folder.
    I see not infrequent posts here from people who have used a NAS with iTunes.  Things can go wrong.  NAS adds another layer of communication between iTunes and its files and things do not always go well.  Make sure you always have a backup of all your iTunes files on a separate drive because I can personally attest I and others have spent many hours on this forum trying to restore people's libraries on NAS.  I am sure it goes well for some (the people who never need post here) but I see many more posts from people with libraries on NAS than regular external drives.

  • I want to move my itunes library but keep it in iCloud

    i want to move my itunes library to a externial drive but keep it on icloud (actualy i thnk its called somethong eltse but it keeps my devises synced and acesible) how do i do this

    The OP does not state laptop/portable. I took a WAG thinking it was desktop. (still don't know).
    Your way will at least show the library if the external is not attached. However, everything ends up with the dreaded ! .
    Then the problem comes when the  external is reattached, especially if there were files added without it attached.
    Moving the media folder to a different location should not interfere with your syncing, as long as you point iTunes again to the new location of the library.
    Underlined statement is the issue.
    The iTunes media folder is not the iTunes library. Pointing iTunes prefs - Advanced to this location again may or may not fix it. Usually not.
    iTunes library = iTunes folder and all media, wherever it is located. You can have items in iTunes that are not in the iTunes media folder.
    iTunes media folder = items added to iTunes with Copy files to iTunes media folder when organized is ticked and also all purchased items (unless you moved them elsewhere). If you consolidate the library, everything will get copied to the iTunes media folder
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