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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Transferring iTunes Music

My phone has been ringing frequently now with questions regarding iTunes and transferring your music. In the spirit of destroying a technology consulting business model, I'm going to talk about the steps to make it work.

First we're going to burn all your music to a data CD. You can do this all inside of iTunes by going to Edit on the menu, then the "Burning" tab, and then set your Disc Format to "Data". If you have a DVD burner use it, you'll save a lot of discs. If you have to use CDs, let's hope you don't have 50 gigabytes of music like me.

So create a new playlist, just drop all the music you want to copy over to it, and then burn away. Take that disc and pop it into the computer you want to put your music on. Take that music on the CD (or DVD) and copy it from the CD into a folder on your new computer (typically "My Music" inside of "My Documents").

Inside iTunes on your new computer select "File" from the menu and then "Add Folder to Library" and add the folder with all your music in it. If you have songs that you have purchased off of the iTunes Music Store when you attempt to play that song you will have to log-in to your store account. Also, you can skip that step by selecting "Advanced" on the menu and then "Authorize Computer".

After completing these steps you should be jamming away to your favorite tunes. Hopefully this clears up any questions you may have.



  • At August 07, 2005 4:41 PM , Anonymous Andrea said...

    Well where the heck were you when I had to do that a month ago? haha. It truly works, though, because that's how I ended up doing it.

  • At August 16, 2005 4:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I tried the same thing, and it seemed to work. but then my media player wouldnt play the songs. do i have to change the file format, its says they're mpegs.

    Joloko Twal


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