Have you decided to switch from PC to Mac, or have you bought a new PC, and want to transfer your music library iTunes from your old computer to the new one? At first glance it may seem like a very difficult mission to complete, but I assure you it is not.
If you want to learn how to import music from iTunes, all you have to do is follow the steps that I am about to show you and in a matter of minutes, you will have all your favorite songs on the new computer. This can be done from PC to Mac, PC to PC or Mac to PC. Here’s everything in detail.
If you want to find out how to import music from iTunes, know that all you have to do is copy the iTunes music folder from the source computer and transfer it to the destination computer. In between, there are three or four additional steps to do but the substance does not change, it is a very simple transfer of folders.
How to import music from iTunes
Then access the PC or Mac where the music library you want to transfer to a new system is saved and start up iTunes. Now you need to make sure that all the media files in the Apple program library are saved in a single folder and organized for transfer to another computer.
To do this you have to go to the menu Edit > Preferences of iTunes and select the Advanced tab in the window that opens. So put the check mark next to the item Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library and click on the button Okay to save the settings. This step on Mac is not necessary, as the option is enabled by default.
Now, go to the menu File > Library > Organize Library (File > Library > Organize Library if you use a Mac) of iTunes, put the check mark next to the item Consolidate files (Consolidate documents on Mac) and click the button Okay to save the settings.
At this point, you are ready to copy the iTunes folder (where in the meantime all the multimedia files present in the program library have been transferred without deleting those in the original folders) onto an external hard disk or any other storage device capable of containing your entire music collection. Just a simple copy and paste of the folder iTunes on the external drive.
If you don’t know where the iTunes folder is, its location in Windows 7/Vista is
C:\Users\Tuo Nome Utente\Music\iTuneson Mac OS X is
/Utenti/nomeutente/Musicawhile on Windows XP is
C:\Documents and Settings\Tuo Nome Utente\Documenti\Musica.
The final step for import music from iTunes consists in connecting the external hard disk on which the iTunes folder has been copied to the computer on which to transfer the music library and, with another copy-and-paste procedure, replace the local iTunes folder with that of the other computer. The folder path is the one written above, which varies according to the operating system installed on the PC. Be sure to do this with iTunes closed.
If there are any songs in the target computer’s iTunes library that you don’t want to lose after transferring the songs from the other system, you can create a backup copy by going to the preferences of iTunes and clicking on the button Restore. After that, you have to run the Consolidation of the library as seen above and that’s it.
After transferring the iTunes folder from one computer to another, you can launch the program and you will find all your favorite songs in their place. Admit it, it was much easier than you expected!