With the storage capacity of current iPods, it’s very easy to treat them as backup devices for all your music. Even better, it’s very simple to transfer the music stored on it across to a new computer without iTunes trying to reformat the device. All you need to do is follow these simple steps.
Transfering purchases from iPod to a new computer:
- If it is not already on your computer, download and install the latest version of iTunes.
- Open iTunes, then from the Store menu select Authorise Computer.
- In the box that appears, enter the username and password you normally use to logon. Note that if the purchases on your device were made on multiple accounts you will need to repeat the authorisation for each account.
- Connect your iPod to the computer.
- In the box that comes up, select Transfer Purchases.
- Your computer will then download all the authorised purchases into iTunes.
- This only transfers music originally purchased from iTunes. Any music imported from CD will not be transferred during this step.
Once the sync has run, your new music library is ready to go. This technique also works with iPhones and iPads.
There are a number of ways to get any remaining music from your old iTunes library copied across. For example, there are programs available that can retrieve the all the files stored on your iPod’s hard disc, but these are not supported by Apple. The most straightforward and official way is to backup your whole library to disc and use this to restore on the new computer. Before you start, ensure you have a good supply of blank DVDs or CDs.
Backing up your whole iTunes library and restoring it on a new computer:
- Open iTunes on your old computer.
- From the File menu, choose Library, then Back up to disc.
- Select Backup entire iTunes library and playlists.
- Insert your first blank disc. After checking it, iTunes will let you know exactly how many discs of that type will be needed for the backup.
- When a disc is full, iTunes will prompt you to insert the next one.
- After the backup has completed, start iTunes on your new computer.
- Insert the first disc. When asked, click Restore. Repeat this process for all the remaining discs.
- Once you have finished the process, check the iTunes library on your new computer to ensure everything is there as you would expect it to be.
Once you are happy your new computer has all the iTunes data you want, and if you will no longer be using your old computer, you can de-authorise the iTunes account on it. You are only allowed a certain number of authorisations running at the same time, so this is a good idea if you think you may upgrade or move computers again.
Deactivating your old computer for iTunes:
- On the old computer, open iTunes.
- Select Store, then Deauthorise Computer.
Enter your usual logon and password to complete the de-authorisation.
Altogether it’s a long process, but it’s worth it. Now you can enjoy seeing Apple iTunes blossom on your new computer.
Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific details.