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How to transfer your iTunes library to a different computer

You've just bought a shiny new computer, and you want your iTunes library on it. Migrating your iTunes library from your old computer to your new one can be a little tricky. Here is the best way I've found:

  1. Transfer iTunes Library to Another ComputerOpen Edit>Preferences.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab, and select "Keep iTunes Media folder organized." This will organize your media files into Album and Artist folders and name the files based on disc number, track number, and song title.
  3. Open File>Library>Organize Library and select Consolidate Files. This will copy all media files used by iTunes into the iTunes Media folder on your computer.
  4. Plug in an external hard drive into your old computer and drag and drop the iTunes Media folder into the external hard drive.
  5. Plug in the external hard drive into the new computer.
  6. Drag and drop the iTunes Media folder into the new computer's Music folder. Allow it to overwrite the existing contents of the old folder, provided there's nothing in the old folder you want to keep.
  7. Open iTunes, and it will automatically find your new transferred library including playlists.

If you are transferring between a Mac and PC, you will not be able to use an external hard drive. Instead you can use a cloud storage program such as Dropbox (dropbox.com

Clearn your iTunes Library

Cleaning up your itunes libary is one of those weekend projects that you just never seem to get to. Forunately, there are third-party programs that can help you with the task. One such program is TuneUP ($19.99 for one year, $29.99 unlimited, tuneupmedia.com
, an iTunes plug-in that analyses the actual content in your library (instead of relying on existing information) to create an accurate record of your songs (much the same way Shazam and SoundHound do). This allows it to find entitled tracks and look for missing information based on the partial, but accurate, record of existing content. Using TuneUp is still a time-consuming process; it can only process 500 songs at a time. While there is an option to approve all changes at once, I find that it's more effective if you approve the changes album by album. TuneUp still mislabels things from time to time. (It seemed like the more you add at a time, the more likely it is to mess up.) However, it was very effective in naming untitled tracks and adding artwork. (David Averbach)

Look for apps designed specifically for iPad


Although nearly all iPhone apps do work on the ipad, few of them are as pleasurable to use as apps designed exclusively for the ipad. Apps designed for the iPhone/iPod touch look rather silly and small at their normal size and often look blurry and odd when you run them in 2X mode.

When you're using iTunes on your desktop computer to shop for apps, you can go to the App Store screen and tap on the "iPhone" and "iPad" buttons to toggle between the two sections of the App Store. Note: Apps that work on all platforms will carry a little grey "+" symbol. (Patrick Jordan).