Backing up your iTunes library to a CD or DVD
You can burn a data CD or DVD with any of the songs, videos, and spoken word content in your iTunes library. You might want to do this to make a backup copy (or archive) of all your media files, or to transfer them to another computer.
To burn a DVD, your computer should have an internal SuperDrive and Mac OS 10.2.4 or later. Some third-party DVD burners may also work. You can store about 650 MB of files on a CD, and about 4.7 GB on a DVD.
To create a playlist of your entire library
- Open iTunes.
- Click Library in the Source list.
- Click the Browse button or choose Show Browser from the Edit menu.
- Make sure "All" is selected for Genre, Artist, and Album.
- Click any single item in the list, then choose Select All from the Edit menu.
- From the File menu, choose New Playlist From Selection.
- Type a name for the new playlist.
Note: If you don't mind re-importing your other music from your CD collection, you can just back up yout iTunes Store and Audible content by creating a smart Playlist that contains all songs, videos, and audiobooks with Kind set to Protected AAC audio file, Audible file, or Protected MPEG-4 Video file as shown here:
If you also want to backup podcasts, you would need to set the smart playlist to include Podcast is true.
To burn a data CD or DVD
- Open iTunes.
- From the iTunes menu, choose Preferences (Windows: From the Edit menu, choose Preferences).
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Click the Burning tab.
- Choose Data CD or DVD as the Disc Format.
- Click OK.
- Create a playlist that includes all the items in your library (see steps above), or all the items you want to back up to the CD or DVD.
- Select the playlist you want to burn to the CD or DVD, then click the Burn Disc button.
- Insert a blank CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc, and click Burn Disc again.
Any media files in the playlist (MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible, MP4) are copied to the CD or DVD.
Tip: You can only burn a CD or DVD from the files in a playlist. If the playlist contains more than will fit on a single disc, iTunes will notify you and will give you the option to use multiple discs. You can see the size of the selected playlist at the bottom of the iTunes window.
Data CDs or DVDs will work on your computer, but will not work in most CD/DVD players.
You can make regular, incremental backups of your media (that means only backing up what has changed).
Restoring files from backup:
To add files back into your iTunes library from your backup discs:
- Insert the disc into your computer. The disc shows up in iTunes.
- Click the disc in the Source list.
- Click the Browse button in the upper right to make browsing the disc easier.
- Locate the songs, videos, audiobooks, albums, artists or entire genres you are missing.
- Drag the missing files to Library in the Source list.
A note about copyright iTunes software may be used to reproduce materials. It is licensed to you only for reproduction of non-copyrighted materials, materials in which you own the copyright, or materials you are authorized or legally permitted to reproduce. If you are uncertain about your right to copy any material, you should contact your legal advisor. See the iTunes Store Terms of Service for additional information.
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