Copy iTunes Library to Laptop

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If you just bought a new Laptop and want to transfer the iTunes library from your computer to your Laptop, you may follow this VisiHow. After reading this VisiHow you should be able to sync and play music to your Laptop.

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Methods to Transfer iTunes Files

We have listed four ways copying iTunes from your computer to your new Laptop. Take note that this can be applied for other computer to computer iTunes transfer. The following methods are:""

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    Home Sharing - Home sharing is the easiest way to transfer iTunes library between computers.
    This allows you to share music between multiple computers. Further information about this method will be discussed below.
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    External Drive - External drive method creates a backup of your iTunes library on an external drive.
    This allows you to copy files between computers. This method is more complicated than Home Sharing but creates a backup of your iTunes library.
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    Transferring Purchases - This is the easiest method.
    But this only moves the content purchased through iTunes Store. This method requires and iOS device with the purchased contents on it.
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    Windows Migration Assistant - This method works when you transfer iTunes from your Windows computer to a Mac device.
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Using Home Sharing

Home Sharing is the easiest way to sync your iTunes library to multiple computers. This section will discuss on the requirements and how to use Home Sharing to transfer files between multiple computers.

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Requirements for Home Sharing to Work

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    iTunes 9 or later installed on your computer.
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    An Apple ID.
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    A working internet connection.
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    A Local Area Network connection (Ethernet or WiFi).
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Copy Files using Home Sharing

After making sure that you have complied to all the requirements above, the steps below will allow you to copy your iTunes library from your source computer to your new Laptop or other computers:

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    Make sure that iTunes 9 or later is installed on your source computer and the destination computer.
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    Open iTunes on both devices:
     
    1. On the source computer, do these:  
      1. iTunes 11 and later will display an option to Turn Off Home Sharing (Account) under the File > Devices menu when Home Sharing is enabled. If this is the case, you can now proceed to step for the destination computer. Otherwise, you may continue.
      2. When you are on iTunes 11 or later, turn on Home Sharing by going to File > Devices > Turn On Home Sharing from the menu bar.
      3. When you are on iTunes 9 or 10, turn on Home Sharing by going to Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing from the menu bar.
      4. On the left side of iTunes where you choose the music, movies and TV shows, choose the Home sharing icon.
      5. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password.
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      6. Click on Turn On Home Sharing button
    2. On the Destination computer, do these:  
      1. Click on the "Store" Menu then click "Authorize Computer". Enter your Apple ID and password.
      2. From the menu bar, click on Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing
      3. On the left side of iTunes where you choose the music, movies and TV shows, choose the Home sharing icon. Take note that once you enabled Home Sharing, the Home Sharing option will disappear on the left side of iTunes until a Home Share library is located on the source computer.
      4. When your destination computer detects the Home Share from the source computer, click that Home share located on the left side of iTunes on your destination computer.
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      5. From the Home Share, choose the content that you want to transfer from your source computer's iTunes library to your destination computer. You can select all by choosing Edit > Select All. After that, click Import button located at the lower right portion of iTunes
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      6. Wait for the process to finish.
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Transfer Playlist

If you want to include the playlist in transferring, you can do these:

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    On your source computer, go to File > Library > Export Library.
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    Check for an XML file that will be created on your desktop.
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    You can either use File Sharing, email, or a flash drive to transfer the XML file to your destination computer.
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    With the file on your destination computer, go to File > Library > Import Playlist
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    The process will remove any item on the playlist that was not shared via Home Sharing.
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Using External Drive

This method will create a backup of your iTunes library on an external drive (USB or portable HDD) and move there files to a destination computer. Just follow the steps below to do it:

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    Locate and consolidate the iTunes Media folder.
    This is to make sure that all media that you want to backup is on the same location. To know the location of your iTunes Media folder, do these:  
    1. Open your iTunes Preferences. If you are on Mac, go to iTunes > Preferences. If you are on Windows, go to Edit > Preferences.
    2. Click on Advanced. Take note of the location of your iTunes Media folder.
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    3. Check on "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" so that any new content that you add to your iTunes library gets added to the iTunes Music Folder.
      5. Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.PNG
    4. Click on OK.
    5. If your iTunes is version 9 or later go to File > Library > Organize Library... > Consolidate Files.
    6. If your iTunes is version 8.2.1 or earlier go to File > Library > Consolidate.
    7. A prompt saying: "Consolidating your library will copy all of your music into the iTunes Media folder. This cannot be undone."  
      1. Note for MAC OS X: This option will not create duplicate files on your computer since Mac OS X keeps a consolidated library. Thus, the process will not affect your computer's space in any way.
      2. Note for Windows OS: This option will create duplicate files on your computer since Windows does not have a consolidated library. Windows files are consolidated per folder so you may have to manually delete every duplicate from their location folder. This process may eat some of your hard drive's space unless you delete duplicate files.
    8. Click Consolidate.
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    Copy iTunes folder from your source computer.
     
    1. Follow these steps in order to copy all your music files to an external drive. The library file with the playlist and other settings will be included in copying too.
    2. Close iTunes on you're the source computer.
    3. Find your external drive. If you're on Mac OS X, it's located on the desktop. If you are on Windows, it is located In My Computer.
    4. Find your iTunes folder.
    5. If you are on Mac OS X, iTunes folder is located in /Users/username/Music  
      1. If you are on Windows XP, iTunes folder is located in \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
      2. If you are on Windows Vista, iTunes folder is located in \Users\username\Music\iTunes
      3. If you are on Windows 7 and Windows 8, iTunes folder is located in \Users\username\My Music\iTunes
    6. Copy your iTunes folder into your external drive. Wait for the whole process to finish.
      6. Copy your iTunes folder into your external drive.PNG
    7. If the copying is done, safely remove the external drive and you are done.
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    Ready iTunes on the destination computer.
    Do the following steps to get your iTunes ready to accept all the music to your destination computer.  
    1. Download and install iTunes latest version.
    2. Open the application (iTunes) on your destination computer.
    3. Connect the external drive to your Mac or PC via USB cable.
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    Backup any music file on your destination computer.
    If you have music files in iTunes on your destination computer, the following the procedures will save the music files on it even if you replace the existing iTunes folder with the files from your source computer.  
    1. Open up Preferences on iTunes  
      1. For PC using Mac OS X go to iTunes > Preferences.
      2. For PC using Windows go to Edit > Preferences.
    2. Click on Advanced.
    3. Click on the Reset button located next to iTunes Media folder location.
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    4. Click OK
    5. If you are using iTunes 9 or later, go to File > Library > Organize Library... > Consolidate Files.
    6. If you are using iTunes 8.2.1 or earlier, go to File > Library > Consolidate.
    7. A prompt saying: "Consolidating your library will copy all of your music into the iTunes Media folder. This cannot be undone."  
      1. Note for MAC OS X: This option will not create duplicate files on your computer since Mac OS X keeps a consolidated library. Thus, the process will not affect your computer's space in any way.
      2. Note for Windows OS: This option will create duplicate files on your computer since Windows does not have a consolidated library. Windows files are consolidated per folder so you may have to manually delete every duplicate from their location folder. This process may eat some of your hard drive's space unless you delete duplicate files.
    8. Click Consolidate.
    9. Quit iTunes on your device,
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    Copy music to the destination computer.
    Follow the steps below to copy all your music files and the library file that has all the playlist including the settings:  
    1. Based on your computer OS, find the go to the following folder:  
      1. If you are using a Mac OS X, go to /Users/username/Music
      2. If you are using Windows XP, go to \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
      3. If you are using Windows Vista, go to \Users\username\Music\iTunes
      4. If you are using Windows 7 and Windows 8, go to: \Users\username\My Music\iTunes
    2. Copy the iTunes folder from any of those locations and put it to your desktop.  
      1. If you are on MAC:
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      2. If you are on PC:
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    3. Find the external drive connected to your destination computer. If you are on MAC OS X, it is on the desktop. If you are on Windows, it is on My Computer
    4. Open the external drive.
    5. Drag the iTunes folder from the external hard drive to your computer's Music folder.  
      1. If you are on MAC:
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      2. If you are on PC:
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    6. Open iTunes on your destination computer.
    7. You should be able to see that all your music files, playlists and other settings and information are now transferred to it.
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    Add any music file on the destination computer back into the library.
    If you have some music that you want to add to the music folder you just moved, you can move that file to:  
    1. If you are using Mac OS X, go to File > Add to Library
    2. If you are using Windows, go to File > Add Folder to Library.
    3. Go to your iTunes folder on your Desktop
    4. Click on Choose if you are on MAC OS X or OK if you are on Windows.
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Transferring Purchases

This method will transfer purchased content from the iTunes Store to a computer. To transfer purchased content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod, follow these steps:

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    Open iTunes on your computer.
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    Go to Store menu.
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    Choose "Authorize This Computer".
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    Enter your Apple ID details (username and password).
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    Click the Authorize button.
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    Connect your iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iTouch) to your computer.
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    If the device is already synced to another iTunes library, you will be asked if you want to "Erase and Sync" or "Transfer Purchases.", click on Transfer Purchases.
     
    1. Note: Clicking on the Erase and Sync button will delete all the contents on your device and will be replaced by the content of your computer.
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    If you will not be prompted to transfer purchases, do the process manually by going to File > Devices menu > Choose "Transfer Purchases from 'Your device name.'"
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Tips & Reminders

  • Note: This method will only work if you transfer purchased items from your phone to your computer. You cannot synchronize items that are not purchased from your phone to your computer.

Questions and Answers

Copy purchases from iTunes to Laptop?

All of your purchases from iTunes that you have stored on your iPod can be transferred to your Laptop. Your Laptop must first be authorized by your iTunes account. It is easy to authorize on your computer:

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  • First, open iTunes.
  • At the menu, select "Authorize Computer."
  • Automatically, the Apple ID button will be selected.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Left-click the "Authorize".
  • Add your authorized ID and password. Left-click "Authorize".
  • You will need to perform this procedure for each account if you have more than one at the iTunes store.
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You are now ready to transfer the purchases from your iPod or other iOS device to your Laptop:

  • Connect your iTunes device to your Laptop.
  • Follow the message that appears that says you can now transfer purchases.
  • Click the button for purchase transfer.
  • All of your purchases will copy and transfer to your Laptop.

It is possible that when you pair your device to your Laptop you will not be prompted to authorize it. The "Do not ask me again" was selected in the past. If this happens, do not despair. You still have two other easy-to-follow procedures to transfer the purchases.

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  • Once connected, an icon will display in your iTunes. Go to File menu > Devices > Transfer Purchases from (your iOS device).

Another way to transfer purchases is to go to the "View Menu", then "Show Sidebar".

  • Right�"click, or if you have a Mac, control-click your iPod in the "Source List".
  • Select "Transfer Purchases" from the menu.

  • You can only transfer purchases from your iTunes Store. No other sources can copy and transfer to your iTunes library on your Laptop.
  • Once connected, if you click "Erase and Sync", you will remove the present content on your iPod or other iOS device. Any content already in your iTunes Library on your Laptop will replace the content that was deleted.
  • If you cannot find an item that you purchased for transferring to your Laptop, go to "Downloading Past Purchases" at your iTunes Store and App Store.

Using homeshare, my destination computer does acknowledge my source computer?

Pretty sure, I've done everything up to the point where a homeshare icon is to appear, but there is none.. I have tried: Duplicated, triplicated all steps

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Hello! I want to download iTunes music from the library to my laptop?

I am downloading iTunes music to my laptop. I have tried: troubleshooting and searched Google for the ways to transfer the music but have not found a way to actually do it.

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    Ensure that the music has been downloaded onto the iPhone or iPad.
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    Download, install, and run Syncios Manager.
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    Connect your smart device to the computer with a Lightning-to-USB cable.
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    Syncios Manager will recognize your device.
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    Click "Media" on the left.
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    Click "Music" on the right.
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    Click the empty checkbox next to "Import" or check the files you want to copy.
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    Click "Export".
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    Select the directory on your PC to which you wish to extract your files.
    The music will be copied.
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