Congratulations, you just bought a new computer and you want to move all of your kids iTunes from the old one to the new computer.  Sounds pretty simple right? It is if you know what to do.

Apple has been trying to keep up with consumer needs but it’s a bit tricky to keep up with the process and the new technology. So when you come home with that new computer and the kids are all freaking becuase you have to copy 5 iTunes profiles to the new computer, there is an easier way. Let’s take a look at how to fix the problem.

Where to Start

First, make sure you have the latest iTunes software both on your originating computer, as well as your new computer. From your originating computer, attach your Apple devise and sync and backup your information to that computer. Go to the Advanced Setting in iTunes and Enable Homesharing. Now you’re ready to get your information over to the new computer.

Home Sharing

Home Sharing in iTunes is designed to let you easily share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

Homesharing lets you connect up to 5 computers (or Apple TV) to your main iTunes library.

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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.

Home Sharing requires:

Here are the method’s Apple has available today:

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.


Follow the steps below to use Home Sharing to copy your music between your old computer which has the music on it already, and a new computer.

  1. Be sure iTunes 9 or later is installed on both computers.
  2. Open iTunes on both computers.

On your old computer:

  1. If Home Sharing is already enabled, iTunes 10.1 or later displays the option to Turn Off Home Sharing (Account) under the Advanced menu. If this is the case, proceed to step 7. Otherwise, Choose Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing from the menu bar.
  2. Select the Home Sharing icon on the left side of iTunes.
  3. When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Click Create Home Share.

On your new computer:

  1. Click the Store menu and choose Authorize computer. Enter your Apple ID and password (that was listed in the Advanced menu in step three or used in step 5).
  2. Choose Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing from the menu bar.
  3. Select the Home Sharing icon on the left side of iTunes. Note:  Once Home Sharing is enabled, the Home Sharing option disappears from   the left-hand side of iTunes until a Home Share library is found from another computer.
  4. Once your new computer sees the Home Share from your old computer,  click that Home Share on the left side of iTunes on your new computer.

  1. Select the content in the Home Share that you want to transfer to your  iTunes library on your new computer, or choose Edit > Select All to choose all of it. Then, click the Import button in the bottom-right corner of iTunes.
  2. Wait for the content to finish transferring.

Transferring playlists

If you want not only your content but also your playlists to exist on your new computer, you will want to transfer a copy of all your playlists from your old computer. To do this, choose File > Library > Export Library on your old computer. Save the XML file that is created to your desktop.

Send the playlists file to yourself as an e-mail attachment, use an external drive, or use file sharing to move the playlists file to your new computer. Once the file is on your new computer, open iTunes and choose File > Library > Import Playlist. The import process will remove any items from the playlists that you didn’t share via Home Sharing.

 Backing Up your iTunes Library to an External Drive

One way to back up your iTunes library is to consolidate your library into one folder and then copy that folder to an external hard drive. This is a painless process that only takes a few moments to accomplish.

When you need to restore your backed up iTunes Library from your external hard drive to your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. Locate your external hard drive. Mac: On the Desktop or Finder sidebar. Windows: In My Computer
  3. Drag the iTunes folder (backed up earlier) from your external hard drive to whatever location you desire on your internal hard drive. It is recommended that you choose the default location for the iTunes folder, which is: Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\ Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
  4. Open iTunes while holding down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows).
  5. In the resulting dialog, click the Choose Library button.
  6. Select the iTunes folder you just moved to the internal hard drive.
  7. Click Choose (Mac OS X) or Open (Windows) and then choose the iTunes Library file inside .

After following these steps, iTunes will open and your iTunes Library will be restored.

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