Backing up purchased iTunes music onto a external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by yourdream, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. yourdream macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
    Is there a easy way to transfer purchased iTunes music onto a external hard drive other then burning them to a cd/dvd?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Drag them from iTunes to the folder on the external drive.
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    You can do it this way or you can navigate to your music folder and drag the entire folder to your external hard drive.

    Your iTunes music folder is located at: Macintosh HD -> Users -> [your user name] -> Music -> iTunes -> iTunes Music
  4. gringoanthony macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    backup purchased music only

    iTunes does not allow you to drag the entire contents of the "purchased" list under "store". At least mine won't. However, it will allow to "drag and drop" copy multiple songs from the main "music" list under "library".

    A work-around is pretty easy:

    1. Go to the "purchased" list
    2. Highlight all the songs in the purchased list under "store"
    3. Right-click "get info"
    4. Under any category (I used "comments") type "purchased". You can use any other word/numbers/characters as long as they won't commonly show up in iTunes search results.
    5. In iTunes go to "library">"music".
    6. Type "purchased" in search bar and only your purchased music will be shown.
    7. From here you can "drag and drop" copy all your purchased music to an external hard drive or any folder.

    This is preferable to copying your entire iTunes catalog, especially when you have music that you imported from CD (no need to back that up).

    The only disadvantage is that the copied files will ot be organized into folders by artist/album, etc...

    IMO, it's pretty a ridiculous oversight/choice by Apple that iTunes only facilitates copying of purchased music to a CD/DVD...

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