iTunes library contains files that you added to your iTunes. It’s used by iTunes to organize, store, and manage music and other media files added to iTunes. Hence, iTunes library is useful to Apple users when they want to store, manage, organize and access iTunes media files and information such as playlists, play counts, song ratings.

We've discussed the following three solutions to help you export your iTunes library to a safer location. Our solutions are listed and discussed as follows:

Solution 1: Backup iTunes Library and Playlists with External Hard Drive

Storing or backing up your iTunes library and playlists in a hard drive provides extra protection for your files. Most users who understand how unreliable iTunes can be, would make extra effort to save an extra copy of the iTunes library and playlists on an external hard drive. However, before you can transfer iTunes library and playlists from your PC to hard drive, you’ll need to locate your iTunes library.

How to Locate Your iTunes Library:

Locate iTunes Media folder on your Windows computer by clicking Users > Username > My Music > iTunes.

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How to Back up iTunes Library and Playlists to External Hard Drive:

Step 1 Connect your hard drive to your Windows PC’s USB Port, and open the hard drive on your PC.

Step 2 Locate and drag the iTunes Library and playlists folder, and drop it on the external hard drive now showing on your File Explorer.

After backing up your iTunes library on your hard drive, you can now disconnect it from your PC for safe keeping.

Solution 2: Export iTunes Library from PC to Mac Using Home Sharing

Home sharing is a good way to move your iTunes library and playlists from one computer to another. When you use Home Sharing network to download media files from iTunes Store, the files will automatically sync to all the computers on your Home Sharing network.

You can use Home Sharing to import up to 5 iTunes Libraries and Playlists from your Windows PC to your Mac computer. Here is how it works:

Step 1 On the interface of iTunes, turn on Home Sharing by clicking File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing. Type your Apple ID and Password, then click Turn on Home Sharing.

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Step 2 From your Mac, choose a computer on your Home Sharing network where you want to import files from.

Step 3 Choose a category (e.g. Music, Photos, etc.).

Step 4 Choose "Items not in my library" from the menu appearing on your iTunes windows.

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Step 5 Select items you would like to import and click "Import".

Solution 3: Export iTunes Library and Playlists to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch with iMyFone TunesMate

iMyFone TunesMate is an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch transfer tool that can be used to transfer iTunes library and playlists. It has the capacity to transfer all types of files between iPhone and computer/iTunes. It can sync iTunes library and playlists without losing any data, rebuild previously damaged or corrupted iTunes library, and transfer various kinds of media files such as music, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, etc. Compatible with iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and later, iMyFone TunesMate can export your iTunes library and playlists in just several mouse clicks.

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Key Features:

  • Two-way free transfer: not only export iTunes library and playlists to iPhone/iPad/iPod, but also transfer iOS data from iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes or computer.
  • Seamless syncing: sync iTunes library to iPhone without covering the existing files on iPhone, losing the existing files on iPhone, or destroying your media playlists or library.
  • Support various files: music, movies, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, TV shows, iTunes U, Photos, and 10+ more...
  • Rebuild damaged iTunes library in 1-click:helps to rebuild damaged iTunes libraries and playlists.
  • Bypasses iTunes limitations: All annoying iTunes limitations such as 5-device support, 5-computer authorizatio, transfer errors, etc. can never be experienced with TunesMate.

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Steps to Backup iTunes Library and Playlists with iMyFone TunesMate:

As is mentioned previously, we can use iMyFone TunesMate to transfer iTunes library and playlists for backup. Below is the step-by-step guide.

Step 1 Connect your iOS device, be it iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, to your computer where iMyFone TunesMate is installed and launched.

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Step 2 On the home interface of iMyFone TunesMate, click "Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice" to scan your iTunes library.

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Step 3 By default, all iTunes media files are checked. Uncheck those you don't want to back up, and click "Transfer".

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Step 4 It will take a while to complete the transfer process. You need to click "OK" button to conclude the process.

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You now have your iTunes library and playlists backed up. Just enjoy your iTunes media files elsewhere with great fun!