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Q.&A.: Copying iTunes Content From PC to Mac

I want to move a few albums and videos between the iTunes program on my Windows Vista PC in the bedroom and the copy on the Mac laptop I use in the living room. What’s the easiest way?

If you have both computers connected to the same home network, you can take advantage of the Home Sharing feature built into iTunes to copy files between your two machines. Open iTunes on the PC and click on the Home Sharing house icon on the left side of the window; you can also go to the Advanced menu and choose Turn On Home Sharing.

Type in your Apple ID name and password (the one you use to buy things in the iTunes Store) and click Create Home Share. Repeat these steps in iTunes on the Mac laptop.

Once you turn on the Home Sharing feature on both computers, you can see the other machine’s iTunes library listed in the iTunes window of the computer you’re using. Click the library name to see its contents. You can drag files between the two libraries in the iTunes window, or select titles from the other library and click the Import button in the iTunes window to copy them into your current computer. For more information, check out Apple’s guide to Home Sharing.

If you do not have a home network, an alternative method to move them between computers is to copy the songs and videos onto a USB external drive, flash drive or disc for transport between machines. Apple has instructions for locating your iTunes content on the computer as well as additional information on copying iTunes content.

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