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    How do you transfer purchased music from itunes to a new computer?

    My daughter has bought a new computer.She wants to transfer her purchased itunes music to the new computer.
    What is the easiest way to do this?
    (I'm assuming you can't just download them all again for free?)
    TIA

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    use a flash drive it would be the quickest way

    a hard drive if there is a lot of music
    Edited by: "dtaylor21184" 6th Feb 2011

    Easiest and the least hassle is to buy a cheap external hard drive, copy all songs to that then to new comp, and an external hard drive is always a good idea to back up anyway. Or you could ask at pc world or similar for a transfer cable but I don't know if they do em.
    I'm not a genius!!!

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    dtaylor21184

    use a flash drive it would be the quickest waya hard drive if there is a … use a flash drive it would be the quickest waya hard drive if there is a lot of music


    foxiec

    Easiest and the least hassle is to buy a cheap external hard drive, copy … Easiest and the least hassle is to buy a cheap external hard drive, copy all songs to that then to new comp, and an external hard drive is always a good idea to back up anyway. Or you could ask at pc world or similar for a transfer cable but I don't know if they do em. I'm not a genius!!!



    Thanks for the replies.
    How would she go about doing this?.I had a look on my itunes and I have found the 'back up to disc' option.Is this what she would use?.It seems like it only gives you the option to burn to a disc.
    I can't see any other option (or would the option appear once a flash drive was attached?)

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    Copy your itunes folder from My Music

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    lumoruk

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1727De authorise your computer before you … http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1727De authorise your computer before you do the abovehttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT1420


    Is it OK to leave it authorized (as she may use the other one occasionally when she visits) or do you have to de-authorize it?

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    summerjoo

    Is it OK to leave it authorized (as she may use the other one … Is it OK to leave it authorized (as she may use the other one occasionally when she visits) or do you have to de-authorize it?



    Can authoriSe 5

    Original Poster

    lumoruk

    Can authoriSe 5


    Thanks for the info.

    Don't install itunes on your new computer, use a external hard drive to copy the entire iTunes folder from the old pc, then put it in the same place on the new computer. Then install iTunes, it will pick up the library and all you will need to do is authorise the computer to get it working.

    Original Poster

    Would she copy the whole itunes folder?
    This folder contains 4 folders :(Album Artwork,iTunes Music,Mobile Applications,Previous iTunes libraries) , three others with a 'music icon' : iTunes Library,iTunes Library extras and iTunes Library Genius and also a iTunes Music library (xml?) file.
    I don't think she's interested in keeping any playlists etc.She just wants to transfer the music she's purchased.
    Clicking on the one with the music icon seems to bring up the purchased items should she just copy this one?.
    The folder : iTunes Music seems to have the music from her cd's.
    I hope this makes sense.

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    aircanman

    Don't install itunes on your new computer, use a external hard drive to … Don't install itunes on your new computer, use a external hard drive to copy the entire iTunes folder from the old pc, then put it in the same place on the new computer. Then install iTunes, it will pick up the library and all you will need to do is authorise the computer to get it working.


    Sorry I've just read this after I posted my last comment.
    I wish I'd read this first as she has already installed itunes on her new one and put music on it.
    I don't think she will want to remove it all now.
    What will be the best way to proceed?.I think she's only worried about transferring her purchased music from the other computer.

    Edited by: "summerjoo" 6th Feb 2011

    summerjoo

    Sorry I've just read this after I posted my last comment.I wish I'd read … Sorry I've just read this after I posted my last comment.I wish I'd read this first as she has already installed itunes on her new one and put music on it.I don't think she will want to remove it all now.What will be the best way to proceed?.I think she's only worried about transferring her purchased music from the other computer.



    There is an option in iTunes to backup the purchased stuff to disc, do this using dvd's - then when you put the DVD back into the new computer, it should tell you what to do.
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