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Move Itunes Collection to a New PC

From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media).

The Annoyance:

I have several gigabytes of music files in iTunes, and I just bought a new PC. For the life of me, I can’t figure out how to get them from my old PC to my new one.

The Fix:

Don’t fret; it’s easy to do:

  1. Copy the files to several CDs or a single DVD. Make sure that you copy them, and don’t burn them as audio CD tracks. You’ll find your iTunes files in your My Music folder.

    iTunes setting
    Figure 6-11. When importing music from another PC into iTunes, make sure you check the “Copy files to iTunes Music folder” box.

  2. Put the CD or DVD in the disk drive of your new PC. Drag the song folders from the CD or DVD to the Library icon in the iTunes window. The folders and all the songs in them will be copied into iTunes. (From iTunes, you can also choose File – “Add to Library” to copy them.)

TIP: If you’re selling, scrapping, or giving away a computer that has iTunes installed on it, make sure you “deauthorize” it. If you don’t, it will still count as one of the up to five computers you can play iTunes files on. To deauthorize your computer, in iTunes select Advanced – Deauthorize Computer, select Deauthorize Computer for Apple Account, and enter your Apple ID and password.

cover This material has been adapted from PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass, published by O’Reilly Media, Inc. Copyright O’Reilly Media, Inc., 2005. All rights reserved.

This easy to read, accessible book from PC World expert Steve Bass covers the waterfront of PC gripes and gremlins, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won’t browse. Each fix is served up in bite-sized portions for quick reading–and even quicker fixing. A revised version of its best-selling predecessor, the 2nd edition offers 50 additional pages and over 120 new fixed annoyances.

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