How to Transfer iTunes Library to a New Mac

On your new Mac, connect your external drive to Mac >, Click Finder on your new Mac >, Choose the Music folder >, Then drag the iTunes library folder in the external drive to the Music folder in new Mac .

Transferring your iTunes library to a new Mac can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. In this post, we will walk you through the steps to transfer all of your old iTunes music, including the metadata, to your new Mac.

First, make sure that your external hard drive or USB is connected. Go to your home folder and navigate to your iTunes music folder. This will contain all of your old iTunes music, as well as the metadata for play counts and ratings.

Next, open a new window and go back to your external hard drive. Simply copy all of your old iTunes library into your external hard drive. This process may take a while if you have a lot of songs.

Inside your iTunes folder, you will find all of your album artwork and metadata, including your play counts and ratings from your old iTunes library. Once you have transferred your iTunes library to your external hard drive, plug it into your new Mac.

When you first open iTunes on your new Mac, you will have an empty library. Make sure to quit iTunes before proceeding. Go back to your external hard drive and open the iTunes folder that you copied from the old Mac.

Open a new window and navigate back to your music folder on your new MacBook. This folder will be empty. Simply drag your old iTunes folder from your external hard drive and drop it into your new MacBook’s music folder. Wait for the transfer to complete.

Now, go back to iTunes and open it up. All of your music should be there with previous ratings, likes, and your play count. All of the dates that you added the music should be there as well.

If the above steps did not work, go into advanced settings and select the source of where your iTunes music was located. This should be under the music and then iTunes media folders.

In conclusion, transferring your iTunes library to a new Mac is a straightforward process. By following the steps above, you can easily transfer your iTunes library, including metadata, to your new Mac.


How do I transfer my old iTunes library to my new computer?
In the iTunes app on your PC, choose File >, Library >, Organize Library.Select “Consolidate files.” Files remain in their original locations, and copies are placed in the iTunes folder.
How do I transfer my Music from old Mac to new Mac?
Open Migration Assistant on your old Mac. It's in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then click Continue. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer to another Mac.
How do I export my entire iTunes library?
Save a copy of all your playlists: Choose File >, Library >, Export Library. The exported information is saved in XML format.
Why isn t my iTunes library showing up on my new computer?
Make sure that all of your devices have Sync Library turned on and signed in with the same Apple ID that you use with Apple Music. If your music library is stored on your computer, check the cloud status of songs to find missing music and resolve issues.