If you have a popular iTunes music collection that you've been carefully curating for years, you certainly do not want to leave it behind, and you may not want to re-download everything from an album, either from your Apple Account off. While iCloud can help with smaller transfers, it's not really conducive to moving the entire iTunes library.
Fortunately, Apple has a special tool for moving data from one computer to another, especially if you have a new computer and are updating: This migration wizard is the best option for a smooth iTunes transition. You do not need to download an additional app because the migration wizard is natively included in MacOS. If you transfer iTunes to a Mac, you can use it. To Begin:
: Consolidate Your Files
Update everything on both computers to run the latest version of the operating system and iTunes. Then do all the backups you need. Prepare your iTunes library by opening iTunes selecting file switching to Library and selecting Organize Library .
Here you will see the option Consolidate Files . Select this option to quickly clean up your iTunes library to get everything ready.
Step 2: Start the Migration Assistant
You only need both computers since you introduced MacOS Sierra You need to be on the same wireless network for the Migration Wizard to work. However, for a faster connection, you can use an Ethernet cable instead. Make sure that they are connected and ready to get to work.
Go to your new Mac computer and go to the folder Applications that you find in the dock. Select Utilities and then select Migration Assistant . After you confirm that you want to start the process, the Migration Assistant asks if you want to transfer information. Make sure you have selected from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or boot disk . Then select Next .
You can also use the Migration Assistant to move iTunes files from a PC to a Mac (this does not work with very old Windows computers, but as long as you have Windows 10 should be fine). When asked by the Migration Assistant how to transfer information to your new Mac, make sure you select the option from a Windows PC . Select
. Step 3: Migrate to your old Mac
Now go to your old Mac and open the Migration Wizard with the same process. However, on the Migration Assistant screen, select "To another Mac" when asked how you want to transfer information. Then choose Continue.
Go back to your new Mac again. The Migration Wizard should ask if you want to transfer information from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or a specific startup disk. Select the Mac option here and select . At this point, Apple may provide a verification confirmation code on both computers. Therefore, make sure the code is displayed correctly before proceeding.
Step 4: Select the data to transfer