How do I export my entire iTunes library?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

To export your entire iTunes library, you’ll need to back up your library and media files to an external hard drive. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1. Quit iTunes: Make sure you close iTunes before proceeding with the backup process. This ensures that all files are properly saved before transferring them.

2. Locate your iTunes folder: On a Mac, your iTunes folder is typically located in the Music folder within your user directory. On a Windows PC, the default location is usually in the My Music folder. If you’re unsure of the exact location, you can open iTunes and go to Preferences, then click on the “Advanced” tab to see the iTunes Media folder location.

3. Copy your iTunes folder: Right-click on your iTunes folder and select “Copy” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can click on the folder and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Mac) to copy the folder.

4. Paste the iTunes folder to your external hard drive: Connect your external hard drive to your computer and open it. Right-click inside the external hard drive window and select “Paste” from the menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac) to paste the iTunes folder.

5. Wait for the copy process to complete: The time it takes to copy the iTunes folder to your external hard drive will depend on the size of your library. It may take a while, so be patient and let the process finish.

6. Verify the backup: Once the copy process is complete, navigate to your external hard drive and check if the iTunes folder is present. Open the folder to ensure all your media files, playlists, and library information are intact.

By following these steps, you should have successfully exported your entire iTunes library to your external hard drive. This backup will ensure that you have a copy of your music, videos, podcasts, and other media files in case of any data loss or system migration.

It’s worth noting that this backup method only includes your media files and library data. If you have any additional content, such as iOS device backups or app data, you may need to use separate methods to back up those files.

Remember to regularly update your backup to keep your iTunes library secure and up to date.