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01-21-2011, 01:06 PM #1[TUTORIAL] How to move iTunes from PC to Mac/PC
With courtesy of Kyle Matthews from MMi Staff.
In late December, Michael Essany from MMi introduced a brand new iTunes transfer program called CopyTrans TuneSwift.
Today I’ll be showing you how to transfer iTunes from one computer to another using CopyTrans TuneSwift.
Transferring the entire iTunes library from PC to Mac or from PC to PC is just a couple of clicks away. Without 3-feet high stacks of DVDs and endless consolidations, you can now move iTunes to another computer including the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad backups.
Besides, you can perform full iTunes backups locally or to an external hard drive. With the incremental backup feature, only the latest changes made in the iTunes library will be backed up to save time and disk space.
The program can be downloaded from the CopyTrans TuneSwift page:
Tip: To install the standalone version, simply extract the “*.exe” and “*.ris” files from the archive to the same folder on the computer.
CopyTrans TuneSwift is free until March 15th (the free version will remain free even past the expiration date). To activate the program, just copy-paste the following activation code:
And activate the full version as shown below.
On the main window, you can find three options:
- Transfer: helps to transfer your iTunes library to another computer, a new folder/drive or an external drive.
- Backup: allows you to create a full backup of the iTunes library. It also lets you perform incremental backups wherein only the latest changes are saved.
- Restore: is used to restore the backup or transfer files to iTunes on Mac or PC.
1. Transfer iTunes to a Mac or a PC
Click “Transfer” and then select the destination computer: Windows or Mac.
If you want to move the iTunes library to a Mac, first select the transfer file location on the external drive and click on the “Start transfer” button.
If you opt for Windows, you can:
- Transfer iTunes to a new computer
- Move the library to another driver or folder
- Migrate iTunes to an external drive
Tip: Whatever you move iTunes to, internal or external hard drive, the program will “cut” and “paste” the library to the new location and make the necessary adjustments in the iTunes preferences. Hence it won’t take twice as much space as needed.
Once you know what exactly you want to do with your iTunes library, you can now choose the name of the transfer file and where you want it transferred to.
During transfer, you always know which step is currently running and the progress bar indicates the approximate duration of the iTunes backup process.
2. Backup iTunes
If you want to make a backup of your iTunes library just in case something goes wrong with your computer or hard-disk, on the main window select “Backup”.
The next step is the choice between “full backup” or “latest changes” i.e. incremental backup.
The first option will copy the complete iTunes library including music, videos, apps, podcasts, (audio)books, all kind of playlists, metadata, folders, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch backups etc. as a backup file to an external hard drive or a USB memory stick. To do so, you just have to select the location and “Start backup”.
When choosing “latest changes”, you only save the changes that have been made the last time you backed up your library. This requires to have performed a full backup at least once. Instead of the location, this time you have to select the latest file created by TuneSwift, regardless it was a full or incremental backup.
Tip: The full backup file extension is “.tsw” whereas the incremental backup files end with “.tsw1”, “.tsw2”, “.tsw3” and so on.
A message informs you when the backup is complete.
3. Restore iTunes to a PC or a Mac
Restoring iTunes is as simple as transferring or backing up the library. You only have to install TuneSwift on the new PC or download the application for Mac.
After installation, make sure iTunes is installed on the new computer and start TuneSwift. Plug in your external drive and select the backup file. Then choose the iTunes destination folder and click “Start restore”.
Once again a progress bar shows up and you are notified when the restore successfully completes.
If you open iTunes, you will see your library is populated with absolutely everything: your music, videos, apps, books, podcasts, ringtones, purchases, playlists, ratings, iPhone backups etc.
The iTunes library is exactly as it was on the old computer.
For more information about the program, visit the CopyTrans TuneSwift official page.
You can also watch the tutorial video:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0mL4V8kncQ]YouTube - How to Transfer iTunes Library from One Computer to Another[/ame]