How to transfer iTunes library from PC to Mac? The easy way.
iTunes is designed to work well on a single computer with a single user. However, what if tomorrow, for any given reason, you decide to switch from Windows to Mac? You might have already made up your mind, but how will you go about moving iTunes from your old Windows computer to your shiny new Mac?
If you decide to do it manually, you would need to:
1) transfer the audio and video track files from your iTunes library location to the new location on your Mac, and 2) transfer files and folders from the iTunes installation directory (these files contain crucial data for your playlists, play counts, star ratings, etc). If somehow you miss a file, you will run a risk to ruin your entire iTunes library.
If you don’t know what you are doing or don’t feel like going through a time-consuming sequence, why don’t you opt for the way with which you will transfer your entire iTunes library from your old PC to your new Mac in just a few clicks? And don’t worry, nothing in your library will be changed or lost in the process. This has been made possible with CopyTrans TuneSwift.
TuneSwift is a light, yet powerful application which easily copies your entire iTunes library.
You can download the program from this page.
So let’s see what CopyTrans TuneSwift can do.
The program main window acts as a starting point of a quick step-by-step wizard which guides you through the steps of the process. In addition to transferring, you can also backup and subsequently restore you iTunes library to the location of your choice.
1. To start your iTunes library transfer, click on the “Transfer” button. You will be taken to the next screen asking you to chose where you want to transfer your iTunes library to. Choose the Mac option.
2. From the next screen you will be given the opportunity to select the location where an exact copy of your iTunes library will be saved to in the form of a backup file. The location is could be an external hard drive or even some USB flash drive connected to the PC. Later you will plug the storage device to your Mac computer to complete the transfer. Click on the Browse button to navigate to a folder on your external HDD or a USB flash drive.
3. A pop-up window will allow you to select the desired location. In this case, we choose the folder called “iTunes Transfer” on external hard drive “Jupiter (F)". This is where the backup file of the iTunes library will be stored as a “TSW” file. Depending on the size of your iTunes library, the backup can consist of several .tsw files, split equally into 3GB chunks.
4. After selecting the location of your iTunes library backup files will be copied, you can proceed and click on the Start Transfer button.
5. The transfer will begin and process bar window will show. Just wait for the process to finish.
6. Once the process terminates, a browser window will automatically take you to the instructions that explain how to transfer the backed up iTunes library to your Mac computer. Download the TuneSwift Mac restore application by using the link from the website.
7. Once you open the TuneSwift Mac restore application, click on the Browse button to locate the backup .tsw file
8. Browse to your external hard drive or flash memory device and select the .tsw file. Then click Open.
9. Now you need to select your iTunes library destination folder and click on the Restore button.
Note: leave this as the default location unless you have previously relocated the iTunes library folder.
10. Wait for the transfer process to terminate.
11. Next, open your Applications folder, locate the iTunes icon, and while holding down the Option key on your keyboard, open iTunes.
12. You will be prompted to choose a new iTunes library. Select the “Choose Library” button.
13. Now navigate to Music>iTunes and then select the “iTunes Library.itl” file.
14. You’re done! iTunes will now open and you will get your complete iTunes library on Mac exactly as it was on your old Windows machine.
Hope this guide will be helpful for many switchers!
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