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How to Transfer Music from iTunes to New Computer?

author 2014-03-21 posted by Jacqueline Ho in Perth

Getting a brand-new computer—it’s an exciting moment, one that can bring both joy and frustration. If this is not your first computer (and it likely isn’t), you not only will want to learn the ins-and-outs of your new PC, but also copy all your important files and data from your older device. One of the most precious groups of data you will want to transfer is your music. In this article, we will discuss specifically how to transfer music from iTunes to a new computer.

Why is it difficult to transfer music from iTunes to a new computer? Many methods exist to get music from your iTunes library to a new computer, and none of them are very direct or flexible. All options require wireless set-ups between your devices (time consuming and technical) or the use of an external storage device. But some methods are easier than others, and below we will talk about the smoothest and fastest method to move your music from iTunes to a new computer.

iTunes itself is equipped with some music transfer functions between old and new computers. Home Sharing is iTunes software’s built-in transfer option. Home Sharing allows you to keep libraries synced between two or more computers as long as they are connected to the same internet connection on a Local Area Network (Wi-fi or Ethernet). However, Home Sharing has many built-in restrictions, cannot be used without internet access, can not transfer playlists directly, and takes a pretty big chunk of your time to get set up. We recommend exploring Home Sharing if you plan to actively use your old computer and update its iTunes library frequently.

Another option is using an external hard drive and manually copying files over. To do this, you will need to go to your iTunes music files through your computer’s directory, copy the music to iPhone or others external drive, and re-copy the song files themselves (not whole folders) to iTunes on the new computer. This is also time consuming and also opens you up to the risk of data loss and data damage, however it gets the job done and doesn’t require you to set up complicated wireless pathways.

Using third party music transfer software, you can quickly and easily transfer your entire iTunes library from one computer to another, while also managing your music files, creating playlists, and removing duplicate files to save space on your new computer. KiwiG PhonTunes is the world’s only completely free and fully featured music moving and management software. To transfer your iTunes music to a new computer, you will only need KiwiG PhonTunes and an external device (iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android device, external hard drive or USB) large enough to hold your music library. Best yet, PhonTunes’s features allow you to easily manage entire playlists between devices, allowing you to tailor your new computer’s iTunes library specifically to your needs, without obstacle.

Below we will take you step-by-step through the process of moving your iTunes music to your new computer.

Step 1.Launch KiwiG PhonTunes on your old computer and connect an external storage device with enough space to hold your iTunes library. Depending on the size of your library, you may be able to use your smartphone (iOS or Android), your tablet, or you may have to use a larger storage device like an external hard drive or large USB.

Step 2.In PhonTunes’s main screen you will see all devices and libraries listed on the left, your music details in the center, and transfer options at the top. Click on iTunes to see your full iTunes music library. All the files will automatically be selected.

Step 3.At the top of PhonTunes, click Transfer to Other Device. In the dropdown menu, select the device you wish to transfer your music to for migration.

transfer iTunes music to others devices

Step 4.Click Start to transfer music to your external device. You are now done with your old computer, and can disconnect the device.

Step 5.Connect the same external device with your full music library to your new computer and launch KiwiG PhonTunes on the new computer.

Step 6.On the left, click on the device to display all music files in the device. This is a good time to do any music management you may wish to do, like create playlists, change song details, or deselect any music you don’t want on your new computer. When you’re ready, click Transfer to iTunes.

transfer devices music to iTunes

Step 7.The window will tell you how many songs you will transfer. To complete the transfer, click Start. Depending on the size of your library, it may take a few seconds or a few minutes. PhonTunes will let you know when the transfer was successful. And that’s it!!

Use KiwiG PhonTunes to handle complicated music transfer problems anytime, anywhere, without restrictions. We hope that this software will allow you to freely listen to, manage, and move your music without data loss or damage!

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