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2 Ways to Move Your iTunes to a New Computer

January 04, 2017 12:21 pm / Posted by Jerry Cook to Fix iTunes
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After bought a new computer, a lot of files like songs, photos, playlist and other data are still stored with iTunes on the old computer, want to copy and move your iTunes from your old computer to a new one so that you could play your music, video and other data or sync your iOS devices with the new computer. Just follow this post to learn how to transfer iTunes music, books, media files and so forth from one PC to another.

Before you move your iTunes library to another PC/Mac, update your existing backup or make a new one if you don't currently back up iTunes. Updating an old backup or creating a new one ensures that all of your content transfers correctly and makes the moving process easier.

Way 1: How to Move iTunes to a New Computer via Home Sharing

To transfer iTunes files to a brand new PC, the home sharing feature is your best bet. You can share and stream contents from your PC’s iTunes library to another computer, iOS device and Apple TVs.

Before we start, please make sure that all of your devices on the same home network and have installed latest iTunes version on both the computers and choose a device to set up and use Home Sharing.

Ready to begin your transfer? Read on.

Step 1: Select the Home Sharing icon on the first computer and choose “Turn on Home Sharing”.

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Note: The Home Sharing icon will not appear unless Home Sharing is enabled on both computers.

Step 2: Then you are required to enter your Apple ID and password. Once you have entered your information, click on the Create Home Share button.

Step 3: Authorize your second computer. On the new computer that you are moving iTunes to, select “Authorize Tthis Computer” under the main menu “Store”. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. After that, hit “Authorize”.


Step 4: Select the Home Sharing icon in the left menu. You can select the items you want to move to the new computer. Go to "Edit", click "Copy", after copying, you can drag the selected items to the new computer. Click the Import button.


Way 2: Transfer iTunes to A New Computer Using An External Hard Drive

You can manually move iTunes to a new PC using an iTunes backup on an external drive from your old computer to your new computer.

First of all, install iTunes on your new computer and make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes , then copy the iTunes backup to your new computer

Step 1: Locate the iTunes folder on your new computer:

Step 2: Drag the iTunes folder in this location onto the desktop.


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Locate the external drive on your new computer:

Step 3: Double-click the external drive icon to open it.

Step 4: Drag the iTunes folder from your external drive to the Music folder (Mac) or My \

Music Folder (Windows) on your new computer. The transfer might take a while if you have a lot of content.





Step 5: Open iTunes.

You've now moved all of your music, playlists, and other information—including play counts and ratings—from your old computer to your new one. If anything happened during you moved the iTunes leading to your iOS devices stuck issue, you can try Tenorshare ReiBoot,which is far more than entering/exiting iPhone recovery mode but also can fix all kinds of screen stuck, iOS stuck issues, iTunes errors and other issues.


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