Before you transfer or restore your iTunes media library on your PC, consolidate it and create a back up. And when you back up your Mac , your media library is automatically included in that backup. Consolidate your iTunes library Open iTunes. Select Consolidate files. Click OK. To save space on your hard drive, you might want to delete the original files after you make sure that the copies are in your iTunes Media Folder. After you consolidate your media files, you can back up your library and media files to an external drive. If you're restoring an iTunes Library from a different computer, make sure that your new computer has the latest version of iTunes.
Process for restoring an iTunes library:
Consolidate your iTunes library
Once you purchase music from iTunes, you can download it onto any of your authorized computers, both those at home and those in your office. You might want to use a specific song that you purchased at home to go along with a business presentation for work; or add the song to your company's website. It's important to have the ability to download your previously purchased music wherever and whenever you need it. In addition, if you buy a new computer, or lose music that you purchased on iTunes, you can always re-download it for free on an authorized computer. Downloading previously purchased music will help you skip the step of syncing devices, or copying files from one device to another. Navigate to the store menu on the top of your iTunes program. Select the song you want to download and click the Cloud icon with the downward-pointing arrow. Your song will download onto your computer immediately.
Use an External Storage Device
We're here for you. Contact us any time About our Customer Care team. When restoring your iTunes music and library, you will first need to restore your backed up iTunes files and then install iTunes. This is the easiest method to maintain your library. If you install iTunes first, it creates a blank library and you would need to overwrite that library with your backed up one. The sections below are collapsed. Once iTunes has been installed, please enter Recover Mode.
Bill has been an information systems professional for more than 20 years. He enjoys writing about cooking, local history, and technology. I bought a new laptop that had Windows 10 installed and spent a day and a half transferring programs, photos, etc. The last task was to transfer my iTunes music, something I expected to be rather straight forward, This turned out to be a daunting task, not because the process is difficult, but because most of the online how-to articles grossly over-complicate the issue. This method will preserve all of your play counts, ratings, and playlists. An external storage device is the easiest and fastest way to transfer the files between two PC's. It made transferring many gigabytes of photos from the old PC to the new one really easy, plus it serves as a back-up for all of my media files photos, music, movies, etc. Alternatively you can use an inexpensive USB drive for this. You may have copy your files in batches if they don't all fit in one move. Your iTunes files may not all be stored in the same place if you imported music from CD's, other iTunes libraries, and the iTunes store.