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How to Create a Backup of iTunes Library

Create Backup of iTunes Library
Written by Kamlesh Vidhani

Most of the Apple users here will have a lot of songs, playlist, and podcasts in their iTunes library. So it is important for them to create a backup of iTunes library so that if by chance anything happens to the original library, there would be backup to restore all the damage.

Backup iTunes Library via Apple’s Time Machine

Apples have its own back system named Time Machine which if enabled will backup iTunes library by default. Your iTunes library will also be backed up if you have a Cloud system backup enabled. This will help to undo the damage if your data has been deleted or corrupted.

If you have not enabled Time Machine backup and want to backup iTunes library manually then here’s how you can do that.

Backup iTunes Library Manually

  • Consolidate your Files

You should follow the below steps to ensure that all your files are at the same place when you make a backup.

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac book.
  2. On your right of your Mac’s screen, click on files.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click on library.
  4. Choose organize library.
  5. When the organized window appears, check the consolidate files box.
  6. Click OK.

That’s it! All your files have now been consolidated at a single place.

  • Make Backup of iTunes Library

You can use external hard drive or any online Cloud system to backup your iTunes library.

  1. If you are using an external hard disk as your backup source, then connect it to your Mac through USB cable.
  2. Now click on finder.
  3. Choose your Mac’s hard disk.
  4. Tap on music folder.
  5. Select your iTunes folder and copy it to your external hard drive or upload it to an online cloud system.
  6. If prompted, click authenticate. This will give the system permission to make a copy of your iTunes folder.
  7. Enter your password and click OK.

That, it! Your iTunes library is now fully backed up.

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