iTunes lets you easily get to your favorite albums from its library. If you have switched to a new device, it is necessary to transfer iTunes library to another Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 computer.
You might have done this before but haven’t transferred all the details you need. That’s because there are several ways to do iTunes library sync among multiple computers and each of them transfers different songs and information. The following sections will guide you on how to transfer iTunes library to another computer on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 in every way.
Section 1, 2, 3 will show you how to transfer iTunes library to another computer using flash drive or external hard drive. Section 4 will tell you how to transfer iTunes library to new computer from iPhone.
You can copy the songs you need to the external drive and then transfer them to another computer.
The method is simple but transfers no other information like playlists or genres. It is recommended to use this way when you transfer music from other resources (not bought in iTunes) and want to build new playlists on new Windows PC.
Step 1. Plug external drive to old computer and locate the folder of your songs.
Step 2. Copy the songs to the external drive and then disconnect it.
Step 3. Connect external drive to your new PC and paste the folder to the local drive.
Step 4. Open iTunes and click File > Add File to Library. Locate the media folder and import music to iTunes library.
The fastest way to transfer all your playlist is using .XML file. You just need to generate and copy the .XML file (usually several KB or MB) and the transfer process could be finished in 1 minute. How can you do this? You can use this method only when all of your songs are purchased from iTunes, or iTunes could not play the music.
1. Open iTunes on old PC and click File > Library > Export Library.
2. Copy the .XML file Library to your external drive and then paste it to your new PC.
3. Open iTunes on your new PC, click File > Library > Import Playlist, and open the .XML file.
All the purchased and non-purchased music could be transferred together and you can perfectly keep the same iTunes library on two computers. The disadvantages are that you need to prepare an external HDD to save all your songs and this could take a long time. You can also use this method to backup iTunes library.
1. Plug your external HDD into computer and copy the whole folder of your media files to HDD. You can find them in C:\Users\YourUserName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media. You need to copy the whole folder of iTunes because there is the necessary .itl file. To make sure you could copy all the music, open iTunes and click File > Library > Consolidate Files to let iTunes send all the copies of your music to this folder.
2. Save the folder to your new computer. Press and hold Shift Key and open iTunes. You will receive the notification to Choose iTunes Library.
3. Select Choose Library and then open the file iTunes Library.itl in the folder of iTunes to restore your iTunes library.
If you have your songs stored on your iPhone, then you can choose to transfer iTunes library to new computer from iPhone. iTunes allows you to transfer purchased songs from iPhone to iTunes.
Plug in your iPhone and open iTunes > Click File > Devices > Choose Transfer Purchases from [your iPhone name] to make it.
Quick way to transfer iTunes library to new computer from iPhone
Want to transfer non purchased songs? You can turn to a professional iOS transfer tool like FoneTool. It can help you transfer both purchased and non purchased music from iPhone to computer. Besides music, it also supports transferring photos, videos, contacts, etc.
Step 1. Download, install and launch FoneTool > Connect iPhone to PC with USB cable.
Step 2. Select Phone Transfer on the left window, and choose iPhone to PC on the home screen.
Step 3. Choose Music > Select the songs you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.
Step 4. Click Start Transfer to transfer music from iPhone to computer.
Step 5. When the transfer is complete, open iTunes > click Files > choose Add File to Library to add your songs to iTunes library.
iTunes could play all of your songs on computer. When you need to transfer iTunes library to another computer on Windows 11,10, 8, 7, you could use the 4 methods in this passage to transfer the music you need.
PS: If you want to add songs to iPhone, you can refer to this how to transfer iTunes library to iPhone guide.
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