How to Transfer iTunes Music From One PC to Another

By Mario Calhoun

The Home Sharing feature in the iTunes 9 software update enables music transferring from one computer to another, using your shared wireless network connection. Once connected to the same network, your iTunes programs will detect each other and can automatically sync recently purchased content between computers. To prevent unauthorized sharing you are only allowed to authorize your account with four other computers.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • Wireless or Ethernet connection
  • iTunes account

Step 1

Click "Start" on the taskbar then click "Program," "iTunes" and "iTunes" to run the program. Alternatively, double-click the iTunes icon on your desktop.

Step 2

Select "Advanced" from the top of the iTunes menu, then click "Turn on Home Sharing." Type in your iTunes-registered email address and password, and select the "Create Home Share" button.

Step 3

Double-click the iTunes icon on the other PC's desktop, or click "Start," "Programs," "iTunes" and "iTunes." Click "Advanced" at the top of the window's menu then click "Turn on Home Sharing."

Step 4

Enter your iTunes account email address and password, then click the "Create Home Share" button to authorize the other user's computer for Home Sharing.

Step 5

Click the name of your iTunes library under the "Sharing" section of the other user's iTunes program, and wait for the program to connect to your iTunes library.

Step 6

Drag and drop music from the iTunes library to the "Music" tab in the iTunes sidebar. To transfer multiple tracks, hold down the "Shift" key while clicking the song titles.

Transfer iTunes Music Using USB Drive

Step 1

Double-click the iTunes icon on your PC's desktop to run the iTunes program.

Step 2

Click "Edit" at the top of the iTunes menu and select "Preferences" on your PC.

Step 3

Click the "Advanced" button in the Preferences window, and check the box next to "Keep iTunes Media folder organized." Click "OK" to to save the changes.

Step 4

Click the Windows Explorer icon on your PC, then locate your iTunes Music folder, which is located in the main Music folder on your computer.

Step 5

Insert the USB drive into your computer's USB port. Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your PC's desktop then double-click the "Removable Drive" icon.

Step 6

Drag and drop your "iTunes Music" folder to the USB drive's window, and wait for the folder to completely transfer. Once the transfer is complete, double-click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop, then right-click the "Removable Drive" icon. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu.

Step 7

Remove the USB drive from your computer's USB port and insert it into the other PC's USB port.

Step 8

Double-click the "My Computer" icon, then double-click the "Removable Drive" icon. Drag the iTunes music folder to your desktop.

Step 9

Click "Start" in the lower-left corner of the screen and select "Programs," "iTunes" and "iTunes" to run the iTunes program on the PC, then click "File" at the top of the menu. Select "Add Folder to Library" and double-click the iTunes Music folder on your desktop to import it to the new computer.

Step 10

Click "Store" at the top of the iTunes menu and select "Authorize Computer" from the drop-down list. Type in your iTunes-registered email address and password, and click the Authorize button.