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Quick Tips: Move iTunes to a new computer

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Quick Tips: Move iTunes to a new computer

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Tom Merritt shows you how to keep your iTunes playlists and other metadata intact when switching PCs.

You've spent years carefully crafting playlists and ratings in iTunes. How can you move all that stuff and your music to a new computer? I'm Tom Merritt with a quick tip for migrating iTunes music and metadata to a new machine. For this example, I'll go from a Windows machine to a Mac, but the process should work in reverse as well. If you want to make this easy. You'll need to move all your music into the iTunes folder. There's an easy way to do this. In iTunes go the Advanced menu Choose Consolidate library Sit back and chill while your music is copied. And I do mean copied. Any music not already in the iTunes folder will not be deleted. You'll just have two copies. One inside the iTunes folder and one outside. Now quit iTunes Go to My Documents, My Music and you should see the iTunes folder. Now you need a place to put that folder. It could be an external drive like this. It could be a network drive. Or if you have a big enough iPod, you can use it. It just needs to be big enough to hold the data. Right click on the folder and choose properties to find out how big it is. Drag the iTunes folder and copy it to wherever you're temporarily storing it. Go have lunch Then connect the storage device to the new computer. In this case a Mac. Install and launch iTunes. If iTunes asks to find your music say no. Quit iTunes. Go to your Music folder Move the existing iTunes folder to the trash. Copy the old iTunes folder off your storage device and put it where the old folder was. Open iTunes again. You should see your familiar library with ratings, play counts etc. That's it for this Quick Tip. I'm Tom Merritt from CNET.com Happy moving!

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