How to Transfer iTunes to Your New PC

If you just bought a new computer, more than likely it is a Windows 8 PC. And if you use iTunes, we will show you how to move your iTunes library to your new Windows 8 PC.

First: Find your iTunes Library. (This only works if you were using iTunes to organize your music. Any music you uploaded into iTunes’ interface are automatically copied and placed into a specific location by the program)

Pull up iTunes’ Preferences windows and click its Advanced icon. iTunes will tell you exactly where it’s keeping its Media folder. Navigate to this location within Windows Explorer and copy all the directories representing your music to some kind of external storage device.

iTunes’ ability to automatically organize your music library folder is an invaluable tool when it comes to moving your music around. In other words: Don’t just copy your music in File Explorer!

Before you go dumping these tunes onto your new Windows 8 PC, download and install iTunes, and then go back to the same Preferences > Advanced window on your new PC.

Make sure the location you want iTunes to use for your new Media folder is set, and check the following two options: “Keep iTunes Media folder organized,” and “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.”

From there, all you have to do is drag-and-drop the folders full of music on your external drive directly into your new, empty iTunes folder on your Windows 8 PC—the app will take care of the rest.

2 Responses to “How to Transfer iTunes to Your New PC”

  1. Steve Gates Says:

    Mainly people have pretty huge iTunes libraries, which can make trying to transfer iTunes to a new computer complicated. Your post will help those peoples who want to transfer their files, thanks for sharing a great post with us.

  2. Batman Says:

    Rangling iTunes can be a pain. One of the problems comes from the paths to the files being hard coded in the iTunes library file. Here are a couple alternatives.

    By doing it this way you lose play counts and other meta data because iTunes is lame and doesn’t store a lot of meta data in the actual files including changes to id3 tags.

    Because the default is to store it in your profile folder, if you have been using Vista or newer that means C:\Users\your-user-id, just create the same user id as you had on your previous machine and just copy the entire iTunes folder from the music folder in your profile. This preserves all the other data from iTunes.

    If you are starting from scratch you can put the iTunes media folder in a location where moving it from one pc to the next doesn’t change the path to any of the files like creating a Music folder in the root of the drive.

    What I do is keep my media library on an external drive. When opening iTunes you can hold shift while opening iTunes, this gives you the option to open or create a new library file. I keep the library file on the same drive as the media files. I then change the drive letter of this drive to M on the 2 different PC’s I use the library on. Then the paths are always the same and the library file and all the other data can not only be viewed but updated on both PC’s.

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