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ITunes library from one computer to another. I switched computers and want to take my itunes library from the old computer to the new one. How do I do this? Also, I have 4 different ipods, 2 of which are really old and not synced with any itunes library anymore, can I download the songs from the ipod to my new computer?

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  • John Asher May 28, 2009

    This response was too generic, am looking for more detailed response to my question.


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The first thing you need to do is make sure have configured your iPod to enable disk use. To do this:

  1. Open iTunes on your old computer.
  2. Connect your iPod to your old computer and wait for it to appear in iTunes.
  3. Select your iPod on the left side of the iTunes window under the Devices section to display your iPod preferences.
  4. Click the Summary tab in the main iTunes window.
  5. Select the "Manually manage music" checkbox. This will also select Enable disk use.
  6. A message appears that says: "Disabling automatic update requires manually unmounting the iPod before each disconnect." Click OK in the message window.
  7. Click Apply in bottom right of the iTunes window.
  8. Is all the music together?To make the move as easy as possible, be sure your music is all in one place.
  9. Open iTunes Preferences:
    Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
    Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
  10. Click Advanced.
  11. Look to see if the checkbox for "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" is selected. If it is, skip ahead to Is there enough room on the iPod. If it is not, continue to step 4

Posted on May 28, 2009

  • Anonymous May 28, 2009

    Copy iTunes folder to iPod
    To copy all your music files (including the library file that holds all your playlists and other settings) to your iPod:

        Quit iTunes.

        Locate your iPod:

        Mac OS X: On the desktop

        Windows: In My Computer

        Locate your iTunes folder:

        Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music

        Windows: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\

        Drag the iTunes folder to the iPod. This can take a while if you have a lot of songs.

        When the copy completes open iTunes.

        Select iPod on the left side of the iTunes window.

        Click the Eject button to the right of the iPod icon (or choose Controls > Eject iPod).

        Disconnect iPod from the computer when the "Do not disconnect" message no longer appears on the iPod screen.

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Use iPod Copy or iPod Backup Software One of the easiest ways to move your iTunes library is by use software to copy the contents of your iPod to a new computer. There are a number of these iPod copy or iPod transfer programs.
Read reviews and how-to guides for these iPod transfer programs.
Use iTunes Backup ITunes offers a built-in back up tool that you can find in the File menu. Just go File - > Backup to Disc.
This method will back up your full library (with the exception of audio books from to CD or DVD. All you need are blank discs and some time.
However, if you’ve got a big library, or a CD burner rather than a DVD burner, this will take many, many CDs. This may not be the most efficient way to back up, since you’ve already got hard copies of the CDs you’ve added.
If you’ve got a DVD burner, this will make more sense, as a DVD can hold the equivalent of nearly 7 CDs.
If you’ve just got a CD burner, you may want to consider choosing the option to only back up iTunes Store purchases or make incremental backups – backing up only new content since your last backup.
For more information about this option, check out Apple's guide to the process.
External Hard Drive Hard drives these days offer more storage capacity for lower prices than ever before. Thanks to this, you can get a very large external hard drive for an affordable price. This is another good iTunes backup option.
If you find an external hard drive that you like, you can just connect it to your computer, find your iTunes library (On Windows, it’s the “My Music” folder. On a Mac, it’s just called “Music.”), and copy it to the hard drive to make a backup.
Depending on the size of your library, this may take some time, but it’s effective. Backup utility programs can also be used to make the process more efficient – such as only backing up new files.
Once you have this backup, you can just copy it to your new computer or your old one, if you have a crash.
Migration Assistant (Mac only) On a Mac, the easiest way to transfer your iTunes library to a new machine is to use the Migration Assistant tool. This can be used while you’re setting up the new computer, or after it’s already done. The Migration Assistant tool is used to move data, settings, and other files from your old computer to your new one. Though it isn’t 100% perfect, it moves most files very well and will save you a lot of time.
The Mac OS Setup Assistant will offer you this option as you set up your new computer. If you don’t choose it, you can find the Migration Assistant in your Applications folder, inside the Utilities folder.
To do this, you’ll need a Firewire cable to connect the two computers. Once you’ve done that, restart the old computer and hold down the “T” button. You’ll see it restart and display an orange Firewire icon on the screen. Once you see this, run the Migration Assistant tool, and follow the onscreen instructions.

For Ipod to PC you need ipod manager software .it supports copy ipod to PC or ipod to itunes by drag and drop.

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How do I transfer my music library to a new computer using the simpletech 1tb simpledrive?

itunes requires that you authenticate a computer with your log in account simply log in with old computer, save the itunes library to ext drive

then de authenticate the old computer

log in with new computer and authenticate it

then bring the itunes files on to new machine

takes a while but it works

How to use your iPod to move your music to a new computer


open itunes connect ipod

from the summer page at the bottom

put a check next to manually manage music and video

ok - close itunes

go to : start > my music > itunes

right click on itunes folder and select copy

go to : start > my computer > choose the drive of the ipod > then right click >Paste

take your ipod to a new cpu

connect ipod

go to : start > My Computer > choose the drive for the ipod > find itunes folder > right click on it choose cut

go to : Start > my music

If there is an existing itunes folder in here delete it unless there is music in the library - this will remove the existing library

right click > paste

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on Apr 15, 2010 • Computers & Internet

How to use one then one iPod with one computer

Method One
If you share your computer with other people, you can maintain separate user accounts for each person who uses the computer. This is useful especially if each user has different tastes in music; users can maintain separate, personalized iTunes music libraries and can customize their iPods accordingly.

Mac OS X users:
Learn how to set up additional user accounts.

Windows users:
Look in your computer's Help documentation to learn how to set up additional user accounts. To locate this information:

Click the Start Menu, and then click Help or Help and Support.
Enter "new user" in the Search field.
Press Return.
If you create multiple user accounts on one computer but want the same music to be available in iTunes for all users, see iTunes: How to share music between different accounts on a single computer.

Method Two

You may use multiple iPods on a computer without the need to create multiple user accounts. To do this, you can set iTunes to update each iPod with only certain playlists. This method allows you to put all your music on, say, your iPod and keep your iPod shuffle updated with only your workout music. Here's how to do this with iTunes 9:

Create new iTunes playlists that contain all the music that you want to sync to each iPod.
Learn how to Sync your iPod (read the iPod Tutorial Steps section below the video).
Note: iTunes for Windows does not support syncing multiple iPod devices at the same time.

Method Three

Create a separate iTunes library for each iPod. Note: It is important that you make a new iTunes Library file. Do not just make a copy of your existing iTunes Library file. If iTunes is open, quit it.

Mac users: Hold down the Option key while you open iTunes.
Windows users: Hold down the Shift key while you open iTunes.
In the dialog that appears, click Create Library.
Name and save the alternate library file. iTunes opens with your brand new library file.
Open iTunes Preferences. Choose iTunes > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows).
Click the Advanced tab.
Deselect the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" checkbox if it is already selected and click OK. This will prevent iTunes from creating duplicates of your existing media files in the new library folder.

Add the specific media files you want on your iPod to iTunes either by dragging them into iTunes or choosing File > Add to Library (Mac) or File > Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library (Windows).

Once you have the iTunes Library just how you want it, connect and sync your iPod.

Once the sync is complete, quit iTunes.
Mac users: Hold down the Option key while you open iTunes.
Windows users: Hold down the Shift key while you open iTunes.
Click Choose library.
Choose your original iTunes Library and click Choose (Mac Users) or Open (Windows Users). You can now switch back and forth between the different libraries for different iPods.
on Apr 14, 2010 • Computers & Internet

Synching Itunes

To Transferring Playlists

If you want not only your content but also your playlists to exist on your new computer, you will want to transfer a copy of all your playlists from your old computer. To do this, choose File > Library > Export Library on your old computer. Save the XML file that is created to your desktop.

Send the playlists file to yourself as an e-mail attachment, use an external drive, or use file sharing to move the playlists file to your new computer. Once the file is on your new computer, open iTunes and choose File > Library > Import Playlist. The import process will remove any items from the playlists that you didn't share via Home Sharing.


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Lost my playlists, after I shut computer down.

navigate to user/music/playlists
or user/music/itunes

check those folders

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How do i transfer my Ipod libary from one computer to another?

In your case, you can use an iPod Transfer tool to transfer iPod library to a new PC. You can have a try of this Wondershare iPod Tranfer, by which you can transfer iPod library to new PC, tranfer music/video from PC to iPod directly without using iTunes. You can free download it at:
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If you own more than one iPods, AVCWare iPod to iPod/Computer/iTunes Transfer can simultaneously manage all the iPods in the same interface, you may transfer files among these iPods by drag-and-drop.

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Transferring songs from old library to a new one

I don't have an ipod, but do you not just connect it to your pc, open ituned, select the songs from your ipod THROUGH itunes - drag and drop them into your library and they should copy. When finished, eject your old ipod and connect the new one. Drag and drop the songs from itunes into the new iPod.

Again I'm not sure if this is correct, but this is how most things function in itunes. If not, someone correct me.

IPOD how to move music


Follow these steps it will help you to copy music to pc

Open iTune

confirm that your iPod is configured to enable disk use. Essentially this means that your new computer will recognize your iPod as a USB device device or a external drive.
Enable disk use if necessary. Connect your iPod to your old computer and open iTunes. When iTunes has loaded, select your iPod and display "Preferences" in the main window.
Click on the "Summary" tab and select "Manually Manage Music." You should see a check mark in the box next to "Enable Disk Use." If you don't see it, then just check that box yourself. An alert will display informing you'll now need to manually unmount the iPod as well as ejecting it in iTunes before disconnecting it from the computer.
Hit "OK" and click "Apply Preferences."
Consolidate Music
Move all your music to one place to make the transfer easier.
Navigate to the iTunes Preferences menu. In Windows, this menu is located in the Edit menu, while on a MAC it's simply it's own menu.
Go to the "Advanced" tab, then "General." Check the box next to "Copy Files to iTunes Music Folder When Adding to Library" and click "OK." iTunes will copy all of your music to the hard drive of your computer. This shouldn't be a problem unless you don't have enough disk space.
Go to the "Advanced" tab and then "Consolidate Library." Read the message that warns you that this step will place all your music in the iTunes folder and that it can't be reversed. Click "Consolidate."
Determine Storage Capacity
Make sure there's enough space on your iPod to hold the iTunes music files. In essence, you will be using your iPod as an external storage drive to bring your iTunes library to the new computer. Without a large enough storage capacity, this can't be completed.
Determine how much space is available by opening iTunes on your old computer and checking the size of the library. Click on "Music" and make note of the amount of space your library takes up. Then connect your iPod, click on it in iTunes and note the amount of free space indicated at the bottom of the pane.
Calculate to make sure that the amount of available space on your iPod is greater than the space required by the iTunes library. If not, you'll need to free up some space.
Free up space by clicking on your iPod in the Source pane and then clicking on "Music" or otherwise navigating to the contents of your iPod. Click on any song in the main library window and go to "Edit, then "Select All."
Be prepared to lose any music not contained by your iTunes library if you haven't been updating automatically, because that music isn't on your computer and will be deleted. However, if you've been updating, there's no need to worry. Press your keyboard's "Delete" button and click "Yes" when you receive the confirmation message.
Copy and Backup
Exit from iTunes and locate both your iPod and your iTunes folder. On a Mac, the iPod should be visible on the desktop and the folder is "/Users/username/Music." In Windows, the iPod is located in "My Computer" and the folder is "\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\." Drag the folder to the iPod and wait patiently as the data transfers.
Copy your iTunes folder to your iPod. Drag the folder to the iPod and wait patiently as the data transfers. When it's done, eject the iPod from iTunes and disconnect the iPod.
. Connect your iPod to your new computer and backup any music that's in your new iTunes library. Go to "Preferences," "Advanced" then "Reset." Click "OK." Then navigate to "Advanced," "Consolidate Library" and click "Consolidate."
Copy your music to your new computer. Locate the Music folder on your new computer--it will have the same name as on the old computer--and drag the iTunes folder from it to the desktop. Find your iPod, double-click to open it and drag the iTunes folder copied from your old computer to the new computer's iTunes folder.
Wait as the music is copied to the folder and then open iTunes. The music and all of its accompanying information should sync without problem.
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