'Export library' Can this serve as a backup

Discussion in 'iPod' started by GilesM, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    If I export my iTunes library to an .xml file on an external drive, is this an effective back up (in addition to Time Machine)?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2005
    far away
    The .xml file contains data like name, artist, composer and probably playcount, but not the music files itself. You can easily tell that by the size of the file.

    An effective backup would be to drag the whole Music/iTunes folder to the external HD.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    I see, thank you, I will make a manual back up then...

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