How to Transfer Music From Mac to PC With iTunes

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How to Transfer Music From Mac to PC With iTunes
iTunes makes it easy to transfer and share music from one computer to another. (folder: music image by Marina Bartel from

Transferring music and other media from a Mac to a PC, or any computer to another, with iTunes is easily accomplished regardless if the computers are networked or not. iTunes allows transferring and sharing of your music and media, or any portion of your library that you want to transfer and share, to any computer you authorise as long as the current version of iTunes is on both computers.

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Things you need

  • iTunes, latest version
  • iTunes subscription

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    Transfer your music and media library with non-networked computers using your Apple device. Copy your media library, or whatever portion you want to put on the PC, onto your Apple device -- iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. Open iTunes on the PC and connect the device that contains your library. iTunes will tell you via a pop-up box that it has found items on your device not found in your library, and ask you if you want to sync them. Click "Yes" and your media library will be added to your PC.

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    Use the iTunes home sharing feature to share and transfer music from your networked Mac and PC. Ensure both computers are turned on and that iTunes is open and running on both. In iTunes on the Mac, click the box for "Share My Music." You will then have the option to share your entire library or just selected playlists, as well as password protecting your shared music, if you wish. Open iTunes on your PC and in "Preferences" click the "Sharing" tab. Ensure "Look for Shared Music" is checked and click "OK."

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    Enter the password if you enabled one from the Mac. The shared library or playlists will appear under the iTunes source list, where the icon for your device is seen when connected. To play music you have purchased from the iTunes store on the PC , you will have to first enter your Apple ID and password.

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