Do you have a huge collection of music and movies in your ITunes library which you want to transfer to a new computer? Well ,it is really a breeze to transfer your collection to a new computer.
There are three options for moving your iTunes library
1. Use iTunes Backup
ITunes has a built-in back up tool in File menu. Open Itunes.
Just go to File - > Backup to Disc.
By this method you can back up your full library to CD or DVD. All you need are blank discs, Cd/DVD Burner and some time. But then ,if you have a huge library, it may not be the most practical way to back up, as you may require many CDS or DVDS
However, it is a good idea , to back up only your “Purchased Music” playlist , as iTunes Music Store tracks cannot be re-downloaded. The “Purchased Music” playlist is like other playlist – just right click the playlist and click the burn icon to burn. Use “Data” mode, of course.
2. External Hard Drive
Hard drives are another good iTunes backup option. Just connect your external hard drive to your computer.
Open Windows Explorer and go to your iTunes music folder.
On Vista it's C:\Users\your.username\Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music.
On Windows XP it's under Documents and Settings.
On a Mac, it’s just called ‘Music.’
Copy the iTunes Music folder to your external hard drive, and then plug the hard drive into the new computer. Make sure iTunes is installed on the new computer as well, and just copy the contents of the iTunes Music folder from your external hard drive to the new computer .Or maybe to your old computer in case you have had a crash.
3. iPod Backup Software
The easiest ways to move your iTunes library is by using software to copy the contents of your iPod to a new computer. There are a number of iPod copy or iPod transfer programs available for free.