iTunes Library

1. iTunes Tips
  1. 1.1 best itunes alternatives
  2. 1.2 copy itunes playlist
  3. 1.3 itunes playlist disappeared
  4. 1.4 sync playlist to iphone
  5. 1.5 share itunes playlist
  6. 1.6 itunes playlist
  7. 1.7 itunes tag
  8. 1.8 itunes radio to mp3
  9. 1.9 ios 9 and itunes
  10. 1.10 itunes to ipod
  11. 1.11 music recognition application
2. iTunes Library
  1. 2.1 analyze itunes library
  2. 2.2 itunes library disappeared
  3. 2.3 multiple itunes libraries
  4. 2.4 itunes library location
  5. 2.5 itunes library
  6. 2.6 sync with central itunes library
  7. 2.7 complete solution itunes library
  8. 2.8 reduce itunes library size
  9. 2.9 tag multiple songs in itunes
  10. 2.10 delete itunes library
  11. 2.11 clean up itunes music library
  12. 2.12 share itunes Music library
3. Backup & Recover
  1. 3.1 backup itunes music
  2. 3.2 backup itunes library
  3. 3.3 backup itunes to icloud
  4. 3.4 backup itunes playlist
  5. 3.5 delete itunes backup
  6. 3.6 backup itunes lbirary to external drive
  7. 3.7 backup ebooks windows
  8. 3.8 itunes backup alternative
  9. 3.9 backup ipod music
  10. 3.10 backup ipod to itunes
  11. 3.11 recover itunes library
  12. 3.12 recover lost music from itunes
4. Manage iTunes Library
  1. 4.1 sync itunes library
  2. 4.2 reset itunes library
  3. 4.3 refresh itunes library
  4. 4.4 rebuild itunes library
  5. 4.5 share itunes library
  6. 4.6 remove duplicate itunes library
  7. 4.7 edit itunes library
  8. 4.8 itunes library manager
  9. 4.9 clean up itunes
  10. 4.10 merge itunes libraries
  11. 4.11 remove duplicates from itunes
  12. 4.12 edit itunes music
  13. 4.13 rescan fix library
5. Restore iTunes
  1. 5.1 restore itunes library from iphone
  2. 5.2 restore itunes library
6. To iTunes
  1. 6.1 download itunes radio
  2. 6.2 download podcasts
  3. 6.3 free music songs
  4. 6.4 watch itunes video on tv
  5. 6.5 record online music to itunes
  6. 6.6 play bbc radio in itunes
7. iTunes Transfer
  1. 7.1 transfer itunes to computer
  2. 7.2 itunes radio on android
  3. 7.3 transfer grooveshark to itunes
  4. 7.4 record pandora to itunes
  5. 7.5 download youtube to itunes
  6. 7.6 convert vimeo to itunes
  7. 7.7 convert rhapsody to itunes
  8. 7.8 convert napster to itunes
  9. 7.9 transfer music from flash drive to itunes
  10. 7.10 transfer music from external hard drive to itunes

iMusic is All-in-One Music Downloader and Management Tool.

  • Download music from more than 300 music sites by copying and pasting the URL.
  • Record unlimited music from any website for playback in your computer with just one click.
  • Built-in music library let you browse and preview the lattest and hottest music.
  • Automatically save downloaded/recorded music to library for management and easy transfer.
  • Identify and tag music with artist, title, album, genre, and more with the latest technology.

Part 1. Why do you backup iTunes to external hard drive

It is often advisable to back up your iTunes library to an external drive. Keeping a copy of all of your files and to keep them separated from your computer is especially needed in case a sudden mishap happens to your PC.

This operation, apart from saving your rivers of tears will also allow avoiding hours and hours of trying to recover the music lost, especially if your playlist comes from your own personal CDs. This kind of files needs to be reinstalled and it would be a pity if you had to do it all over again after collecting songs and songs for years!

Part 2. Official ways to backup iTunes to external hard drive

Let's now take a look at the requirements for the perfect back up on an external drive.

First of all, you need to make sure that all the items you wish to store are all placed in just one place. Depending on the PC or Mac, here are the steps you need to follow in order to place all of your files in one place, ready to be transferred to the external drive.

  1. Open Preferences on iTunes
  2. When on Mac, choose iTunes preferences; whilst on Windows choose Edit and then Preferences.
  3. Click Advanced and you should finally get this final window in both cases. Make sure that 'Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library' is selected. In doing so, you make sure that the copies of the original iTunes files are copies in the Media folder.
  4. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive

  5. Click Ok.
  6. Choose file and the Library, select Organize Library.
  7. Select the option "Consolidate files" and click ok.
  8. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-Consolidate files

    It is suggested to delete the original files after confirming they have been moved and are backed up in order to save some space on your hard disk.

You can follow the guidelines presented on this website: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201625

Now the time has come to save your files on the external hard drive. Are you ready?

A hard drive can be bought from any computer store or online retailer. It gives you a way to save your files in a place which would remain untouched in case your computer had a mishap or was irreparably broken.

In order to proceed, you will need to quit iTunes.

If you're working on Mac, follow this procedure:

  1. Locate your external hard drive. You can look for it on the desktop or on the Finder sidebar.
  2. Then located the iTunes folder by looking for the string Finder > username > Music where the username is of course the name of your folder.
  3. If you are not able to find the folder in the default location, then you can follow the steps below to retrace it:

    • Open iTunes Preferences.
    • Click Advanced.
    • The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in the "iTunes Media folder location" box.

    How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-folder location

  4. Now as a final step, you should only drag your iTunes folder to your external drive. Remember this operation might take a while, especially if you're saving a lot of files. When the transfer is complete, all of your files will have correctly been saved on your external hard drive.

Similar steps will have to be followed if you're working on Windows:

  1. Locate your external hard drive. In windows, you will find it in My Computer.
  2. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-Locate your external hard drive

  3. Then locate the iTunes folder by looking for the correct string, depending on the Windows version you have available (in Documents and Settings for Windows XP or in the User's folder for the other versions).
  4. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive

  5. Drag the folder to your external drive!

Part 3. How to restore your Back up Library to your computer from the external drive

Now that you have successfully completed your back up on the external drive, you might want to know how to transfer all of your files on a second computer or maybe transfer the back up files to the same computer after formatting it.

Use the following procedure if you're working on Mac:

  1. Quit iTunes and locate your external hard drive (on Desktop or Finder sidebar)
  2. Drag the iTunes folder on your external hard drive back to your internal hard drive, in the location preferred. It is however recommended to choose the default location for the iTunes folder: Finder > username > Music
  3. Open iTunes by holding down the Option Key
  4. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-Open iTunes

  5. When the pop up appears, click 'Choose Library'.
  6. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-Choose Library

  7. Select the iTunes folder you just moved back to the internal hard drive.
  8. Click 'Choose'.
  9. Choose the iTunes Library file inside.
  10. iTunes will now open and the iTunes Library will be restored.

Otherwise, follow this procedure if you're working on Windows:

  1. Quit iTunes and locate your external hard drive (in My Computer)
  2. Drag the iTunes folder on your external hard drive back to your internal hard drive, in the location preferred. It is however recommended to choose the default location for the iTunes folder:
  3. XP How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-XP

    Windows 8 How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-Windows 8

    Windows 8.1 How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-Windows 8.1

  4. Now hold down the Shift Key and open iTunes.
  5. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-open iTunes

  6. Open the the iTunes folder you just moved back to the internal hard drive.
  7. Choose the Library file inside.

Part 4. Backup itunes music files to external hard drive

Remember that iTunes backup can only backup itunes music list but not backup music files, so in order to backup itunes music files to an external hard drive, you have to use a program such as KeepVid Music.

How do you do that? You just need to follow this simple tutorial:

  1. Install and launch the program once you download it.
  2. Plug your external hard drive to your computer.
  3. In TuneGo, select the files you want to transfer and click the "Export to".
  4. How to Back up Your iTunes Library to An External Drive-backup from itunes to ohter device

  5. Select "Export to My Computer" from the Export to drop-down list. Find the external hard drive you've plugged in your computer and save these files on it.
  6. In the new window, find your external drive and save your songs!
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