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Back up the iTunes Libraries

The music, videos, and audiobooks in your iTunes Libraries represent a significant investment in time and money. Protect that investment by periodically backing up your collection to CD or DVD. In the unlikely event of a hardware failure, you will be able to restore your entire iTunes collection.

To back up your iTunes Libraries:

  1. Open iTunes, if it isn’t already open.
  2. From the File menu, select “Back Up to Disc.”
  3. Select one of the backup options available. You can back up the entire iTunes library and all of your playlists, only your iTunes Store purchases, or only the items that have changed since your last backup (if you’ve performed a backup before).
  4. Click the “Back Up” button.
  5. The iTunes Status display will ask you to insert a blank disc. You can insert a blank CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW.
  6. iTunes will start the back up. The process could take a while, but be sure to keep an eye on your computer. Depending on the size of your Libraries, iTunes might ask you to insert additional discs.
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