Want to learn how to transfer music from iTunes to a computer? There are two perfectly easy ways that you can go about doing this. This is true whether you’re a traditionalist — looking for a solution that involves only the iTunes software or if you’re more interested in something newer (like the third-party software method that we’re going to be introducing at the end.) Just for you, we’ve even included a quick comparison section between the two methods. So, make sure that you stick around till the very end to learn how to move songs from your iTunes library to a computer folder of your choosing!
The first thing we’re going to be discussing is how you can use the manual drag and drop method in order to move your iTunes music onto a folder. This is pretty effective, but it does have its hang-ups. For one, you won’t necessarily be able to move all the files that you want to move (some iTunes files are protected.) So, the only people that this is effective for are those that use their iTunes library to store music from other sources (as iTunes purchased music are very difficult to export.)
There are ways of transferring your entire iTunes library, but those involve the consolidation of files and are only relevant for if you’re planning to transfer your library from one PC to another. For this, we’re just going with the simple and most available option.
If you want to transfer your iTunes music onto a folder on your computer, you’re going to have to first make sure that folder is prepared. Preferably, have it on your desktop (for easy access!)
Create a New Folder on your desktop by right-clicking with your mouse/trackpad and choosing the following options: New > Folder.
Feel free to name it whatever you want, we named our folder iTunes Music.
This is where the actual drag and drop method comes in — again, this won’t work for certain iTunes purchased music.
Now, if you’re not up for the complication of what can and cannot be moved with the iTunes software. We recommend trying out this third-party software that we’re going to be introducing. That is, the iMusic transfer tool! With this, you can transfer music from iTunes to a folder on your Windows (or Mac) computer. We’re going to be demonstrating how you can do just that in the tutorial below, but we’re going to be listing a couple of relevant features on this program first. This is just some of the few things that iMusic can offer for you:
First things first, launch the iMusic program (which you can try out for FREE here.) Upon launch, you’ll notice that there are four circle tabs at the very top. Select the second from the left called ITUNES LIBRARY.
The iTunes library tab is where you can manage your iTunes library — so, everything you see here is a duplication of what is currently on the iTunes library in your PC.
To move the songs from this library to a folder on your computer, select the Select All box (pointed out in the image below) OR individually select the boxes of all the songs that you want to transfer.
Once you’ve selected all the files that you want to move to your computer folder…
Locate and select the Export button [1.] A drop-down menu should appear with the available options, select the Export to My Computer option [2.]
Finally, all that’s left is to select the folder that you want to save your iTunes music onto.
A pop-up browse for folder window should appear. All you have to do next is browse for the appropriate folder, select it, and then press OK. After a couple of minutes (depending on how big your transfer is) all the selected files should have been transferred to your folder without any issues.
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Conclusion: And so, we conclude our “How to Transfer Music from iTunes to Computer” tutorial. As you’ve learned, there really is more out there than just using the base (and admittedly, limited) iTunes software. It's not built for utmost convenience and it was created really only for iOS and Mac users. On the other hand, the third-party program that we introduced not only offers more in terms of features, but it somehow manages to be more intuitive!
Seriously, if you’re struggling when it comes to finding a transfer tool for iTunes to a computer, check out the iMusic program! It’s undoubtedly the most helpful method currently out in the market, and its uses aren’t limited just for transferring.