How to Backup iTunes Library on MacBook

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Read this post to know how to completely backup iTunes library on Mac to a new place, no matter for cleaning your MacBook or just for preventing your favorite iTunes songs and videos from loss.

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August 27, 2016

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You may lose your iTunes library if your Mac is damaged or iTunes collapses. So if your iTunes library on Mac is crowed with many songs and TV shows, you'd better backup your favorite ones or the whole iTunes library to a new place for protecting them from accidentally loss. And in this post, you will find out how to completely backup iTunes library on your Mac, no matter iMac or Macbook Air/Pro.

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How to Backup iTunes Library on MacBook

The process to backup iTunes media library is very simple. The first thing you should do is to find where the iTunes media files are stored on your MacBook, and then transfer these files to your target place. The target place may be one hard drive, cloud drive, CD or just another device. Now let's discover all the details by following the steps below.

Step 1. Find where iTunes media files are stored on your Mac.

You can get the location by open iTunes > click "iTunes" > "Preference" > "Advance".

Find iTunes media files location on iTunes 12

Find iTunes media files location on iTunes 12

Step 2. Collect all iTunes media files to the default iTunes Media folder.

Select "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library", just like the screenshot shows at the first step. And then click File > Library > Organize Library, select Consolidate files and Click "OK".

Find iTunes media files location on iTunes 12

Find iTunes media files location on iTunes 12

Step 3. Transfer default "iTunes" folder to target place.

The "iTunes" folder is the parent folder of "iTunes Media" which we referred at the first step. Just find the "iTunes" folder on your Mac and backup it to your target place. For example, if you want to backup your iTunes library to external drive, just drop and drag "iTunes" folder to the drive.

Backup iTunes library to a new place

Backup iTunes library to a new place

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