When you have a beloved iTunes music collection that you have carefully curated this year, you definitely do not want to leave it behind, and you may not want to download all an album at Once from your Apple account, either. While iCloud can help with smaller transfers, moving the entire iTunes library isn't really good.
Fortunately, Apple has a tool specifically designed to move data from one computer to another, especially when you only have a new computer and updates: It's called Migration Assistant, and that's your best option for a smooth iTunes transition . You do not need to download an extra app, because Migration Assistant is part of MacOS. If you download iTunes to a Mac, you can use it. How to start:
Step 1: Consolidate your files
Update everything on both computers to run the latest version of the operating system and iTunes. Then make any data backups you may need. Prepare your iTunes library by opening iTunes select File go to Library and select Organize Libraries .
Here you will see an alternative to Consolidate Files . Choose it to give your iTunes library a quick clean so everything is ready.
Step 2: Starting Migration Assistant
Since MacOS Sierra has arrived, all you need for both computers is on the same wireless migration assistant network to work. For a faster connection, however, you can use an Ethernet cable instead. Make sure both are connected and ready to get started.
Go to your new Mac computer and go to the Applications folder that you find in the Dock. Select Tools and then select Migration Assistant . After you confirm that you want to start the process, the migration assistant asks how you want to transfer information. You will want to make sure you have from a Mac, Time Machine backup or boot disk . Then select Continue .
You can also use Migration Assistant to move iTunes files from one computer to a Mac (it doesn't work with particularly old Windows computers, but as long as you have Windows 10 you should be fine). When Migration Assistant asks how to transfer information on your new Mac, make sure you choose the option that says from a Windows computer .
Step 3: Migrate on Your Old Mac
Now go over to your old Mac and open migration assistant there also with the same process. On the Migration Assistant screen, select "To another Mac" when you asked how to transfer information. Then select continue.
Return to your new Mac again. Migration Assistant should ask if you want to transfer information from a Mac, Time Machine backup or a specific boot disk. Here, select the Mac option and select proceed . Apple can provide you with a security code to confirm on both computers right now, so make sure the code is displayed correctly before proceeding.
Step 4: Select your data to transfer