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Knowledge Base - Transfer iTunes Music to New Computer
by Kitty Rutledge


When you get a new computer, iTunes can help move your music so you can play and sync it from the new computer. Read below for help choosing the option that is right for you.

Products Affected

Mac OS, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Microsoft Windows

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The following table compares the methods to move music from your old computer to your new computer.

Home Sharing The easiest option, as long as your new computer is already connected to the internet.
External drive Requires additional hardware but backs up your iTunes library.
Transferring purchases Fastest, but only moves the content you purchased from the iTunes Store. Also requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod with the content on it.
Windows Migration Assistant Works best for migrating from an old PC to a new Mac, and transfers more than iTunes.
CDs/DVDs Useful if you have been backing up your old computer to CDs/DVDs previously.

Home Sharing

External drive

Transferring purchases

Windows Migration Assistant


Additional Information

For more information on authorizations or help troubleshooting Home Sharing:

For more information about backing up iTunes content:

For more information about moving information from your old PC to your new Mac: