How to move my iTunes library

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by walla6492, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. walla6492 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    Im gonna be getting rid of my macbook pro for the newest model that just came out but I dont know how to save my iTunes stuff. I have an iPhone 4 and have a ton applications to go with my music. How can I still have everything when I get my new Mac?
  2. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    It can be rather simple, and this is what I have done in the past.

    Copy your iTunes folder from inside the Music folder in your Home Directory onto an external harddrive.

    After your new Mac is all setup, replace the iTunes folder in the same location with the one that has all of your music and apps from your external HDD.

    When opening iTunes, option-click, allowing you to locate your iTunes library.


    Another way is to do a Time Machine backup, and I believe you can restore that backup onto the new computer but that will do ALL times (Pictures, doc's, music, etc..) Don't know if you want to do that.
  3. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    If you will have your old Mac for a period after your new one arrives, you can use Migration Assistant to copy stuff across automatically.

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