This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Quick Tips: Move iTunes to a new computer
About Video Transcript

Quick Tips: Move iTunes to a new computer

2:05 /

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!

New releases

More tech ideas for Halloween
0:58 October 23, 2014
Halloween is right around the corner. Whether you're looking for a sweet or scary way to celebrate, CNET's...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 074: VR moon tours,...
25:03 October 23, 2014
On today's show, we discuss virtual reality tours of the moon using Oculus Rift, all the crazy things we spotted...
Play video
iPhone 6 You Up - The Music Vi...
2:55 October 23, 2014
We celebrate the launch of the iPhone 6 with "iPhone 6 You Up". All night.
Play video
Facebook Rooms joins the anonymous-chat...
2:54 October 23, 2014
A new app from Facebook puts a twist on anonymous messaging, Apple stores still see long lines for iPhones,...
Play video
Microsoft's Chromecast competitor...
1:39 October 23, 2014
This little dongle sends your screen from your Windows machine (and some Android devices) right to your T...
Play video
Take a look at the Windows 10 Start...
1:21 October 23, 2014
Windows 10 has revamped the Start menu; let's check it out.
Play video
Marantz SR5009 receiver: Stunningly...
1:44 October 23, 2014
The Marantz SR5009 looks and feels more upscale than the competition's receivers, and it follows through with...
Play video
Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet vs....
2:14 October 23, 2014
Sharon Profis compares the security, ease of use and availability of some of the most popular mobile payment...
Play video