Let us all admit it; iTunes is indeed an annoying app that has a number of problems despite being a software created by one of the most well-known and innovative companies in the world, which is Apple.
Realizing how many of us search for an iTunes alternative, the following will discuss the various solutions on how to back up iTunes library.
Part 1: Back-up iTunes Library Manually – A Little Complex
Before going into the details of the alternative apps, it is worthwhile to consider as to how you can back up your iTunes library manually so that it does not get lost or damaged.
In order to create a backup of your iTunes library, you will firstly need to locate your iTunes library folder in your system.
- For Windows 7 and later versions, you will need to go to C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\.
- For Mac, on the other hand, you will have to go to Finder and then choose Go > Home > Music > iTunes.
If, by any chance, you do not find the iTunes Folder in these default locations, then follow the steps mentioned below to locate the folder.
Step 1. Launch iTunes and go to iTunes Library
Step 2. Select a file in the library and then select Edit > Get Info.
Step 3. Click on the File tab. The location of the file will appear below.
After you have located the folder, simply copy and paste the entire folder to the backup source.
Part 2: Back up iTunes Library using Third-party Tools – Easy & Fast
There are various tools to create a backup of your important iTunes media files. Among them, iMyFone TunesMate is a unique media management app for your iPhone and all other iDevices. It lets you easily transfer all your media files between your iDevices and PC/iTunes. As such, backup iTunes library is nothing more than a cinch.
iMyFone receives lots of positive reviews and wins thousands of loyal users every year.
- The app has a 1-click transfer feature that lets you transfer all your iTunes files to your iDevice and vice versa with just a click.
- With iMyFone TunesMate, you can virtually recreate your entire iTunes library if it goes missing or gets corrupted.
- You can freely transfer both purchased and non-purchased music files between iTunes and iDevices without having to deal with the annoying restrictions of iTunes.
- TunesMate can directly add files from computer to iPhone. As such, your files stored in USB or other device that can be connected to PC, can also be added to iPhone easily.
- It transfer iTunes files to iPhone without erasing original iPhone data.
- The program will also convert automatically the unsupported music file format to default music format for iPhone.
So, how to backup iTunes library? Please follow the steps mentioned below.
Firstly, Transfer/Backup iTunes Library to iPhone
Step 1. Launch iMyFone TunesMate and connect your phone to the computer.
Step 2. Click “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice”.
Step 3. Select the files that you want to transfer and click “Transfer”. (Note: you can transfer your entire iTunes Library or just several selected files.)
Step 4. Click OK to finish. All your files will be transferred to your phone.
Then, Backup iTunes Library to PC.
Step 1. Launch iMyFone TunesMate and click on Music/Video from the top menu.
Step 2. Click on the type of music file you want a backup for.
Step 3. Select “Export” and then click on “Export to PC”.
Step 4. Select the target folder and then click “Select Folder”. All your media files will be exported.
Part 3: Detailed List of iTunes Using Limits
As mentioned earlier, iTunes has a number of limitations when it comes to managing your media on your iDevices. Some of the most common limitations are listed below.
1. iTunes is very slow
Those who have been using iTunes, must have realized by now that how slow the app can get. It performs very inefficiently and performs very badly on Windows PC.
2. There are too many features
iTunes has evolved from being a simple music player to an online broadcaster, a media store, a media management app and much more. This makes it hard for users to simply perform a single function, which is mostly to transfer their media files from their computer to their iDevice.
3. Not all formats are supported
Only a limited number of music formats are supported by iTunes. Hence, users need to convert their music files in order to store them in iTunes library. Also, video formats such as AVI, MKV and FLAC are not supported by iTunes. As such, this becomes a pain in the neck.
4. You cannot export media to iPhone directly
iTunes does not let you export your media files from your iPhone and you have to go through the syncing process.
Since Apple has always been high on security, it has somehow made iTunes too secure to be good. That is, the app keeps asking your credentials and this makes it harder to use.