Apple provides a service, iTunes Match, which takes care of your music needs anywhere you go by uploading or ‘matching’ your music to iCloud from where you can listen to it using any Apple device you have; iPhone, Mac, iPad or even Apple TV. This lets you store music that you import from CDs, buy online or you know get from the internet without buying *wink wink*. Today we will show you how to use iTunes Match to transfer entire iTunes library to another computer.
This is what iTunes Match’s primary purpose is. But there is another use of the service which is that iTunes Match lets you move your entire iTunes library to another computer without the need to deal with manually transferring files between the hard drive. To learn how to transfer entire iTunes library to another computer follow the steps below.
Before you start you need to have iTunes Match subscribed to. iTunes Match is not free you need to pay $25 a year for the subscription. One more thing you need to do before we begin is uploading your iTunes library (the one you want to transfer) from the current computer to iTunes Match.
Now that you have all your music on iCloud let us begin.
Step 1: Open iTunes on the computer you want to transfer the songs to and navigate to ‘Store’. Then to ‘Turn On iTunes Match’.
Step 2: Click ‘Add This Computer’. You will be prompted for your Apple ID password, enter it.
Step 3: Wait for a few seconds before a screen is displayed similar to the one below. This will inform you that your iTunes library has been successfully uploaded to iCloud. At the bottom of the screen click ‘Done’.
Step 4: Go to the ‘Songs’ view in your library. Here all songs in your library will be listed. Select all tracks, this can be done by pressing ‘Command + A’.
Step 5: After selecting all the tracks right click on any one of them to list the options. From here click on ‘Download’.
iTunes Match also automatically takes care of all the metadata associated with your library including playlists, ratings, album art etc. while transferring.
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