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How to Transfer iTunes Library to Another Computer?

author 2014-05-07 posted by Gabriel Rutberg in Melbourne

Getting a new computer is supposed to be an exciting moment, now guess what will totally psych you out and drive you to the edge of hysteria? Transferring a bunch of data to your new computer, including your precious music, video clips and more.

If you, by coincident, have pretty large iTunes libraries, believe me, it could be a big challenge to transfer it to another computer.

I am one of those who have suffered from this time-consuming work. I personally have over 500 albums, plenty of my favorite TV shows, several feature-length movies on my iTunes library. When Windows XP support was discontinued, I decided to get a new computer and upgrade to Windows 7. However, I never expected it could be such a pain to transfer my iTunes library to another computer.

Fortunately, it only took 5 steps to resolve the headache. Here I would like to share my experience with you.

To make this magic come true I used a free software called KiwiG PhoneTunes.

You may doubt me as indeed there are several methods out there could also achieve the goal of transferring iTunes library to another computer.

Before taking a look at these methods, let’s quickly review how many steps it will process by using KiwiG PhoneTunes to transfer iTunes library:

Beforehand, your smart phone is required in the process. What the most amazing part is, YOU CAN USE AN ANDROID PHONE TO TRANSFER ITUNES LIBRARY! In fact, if you wish, you can even use a tablet or even an external hard drive to finish this work.

The following user guide steps below will show you how to transfer iTunes library to another computer:

Step 1.Launch KiwiG PhoneTunes on your old computer, connect your phone or other storage devices to the computer, and make sure it has enough storage space to save your iTunes library.

Step 2.Check all the devices and libraries information on the left side of the main window. Your music tracks are listed in the middle, and a "Transfer to Other Device" option is at the top. Very easy and straightforward.

Step 3.After ensuring all the files on your iTunes library are listed here, click "Transfer to Other Device" and select the destination device to process the transfer.

Step 4.Wait until the program finish its work, now you can throw away your old computer (kidding). Connect the same device to your new computer and launch the software again.

Step 5.On the left, click on the device to display all music files. Manage your music or videos clips if you wish, such as creating a new playlist, or deselecting any music you do not need any more. When you are ready, click Transfer to iTunes.

Your work will end here, have a coffee and let the program finish its transfer. It will let you know when the transfer is successfully completed.

Now let’s take a look at some other popular ways to transfer iTunes library to another computer and see why I recommend KiwiG PhoneTunes.

Approach no. 1: iTunes.

iTunes itself integrates an option called Home Sharing to sync your music between old and new computers. However, it requires all the computers to be in the same Local Area Network and plenty of time to set up. Sadly, your playlists will disappear.

Approach no. 2: Manually copy and paste.

If you are not a good organizer, believe me this could be a disaster and time-consuming. What’s more, this operation could result in lost files. Therefore, I personally do not recommend this method, especially you have a really large iTunes library.

There are a number of other methods out there, and every one will find their way to transfer iTunes library to another computer.

So what is your way? Share your experience with us!

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