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How to Backup Your iTunes Songs to CD: Burn iTunes Library to Disc

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How to Backup Your iTunes Songs to CD: Burn iTunes Library to Disc
Courtesy of Apple

 

Just imagine the feeling of losing all your music and knowing that you can't get it back. The chances are you will have paid a lot of money building up your music library and not backing it up would be like losing a heap of cash. This short article will quickly show you how to keep the contents of your iTunes library safe.

 

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. iTunes 7.x:

    From the main menu (situated at the top of the screen) click on the File tab and select Back Up to Disc from the pop-up menu.

    iTunes 8.x - 10.3:

    From the main menu (situated at the top of the screen) click on the File tab and select Library, followed by Back Up to Disc from the pop-up menu.

    iTunes 10.4 and higher: the built-in option to backup to optical disc has been removed since version 10.4 and so you may want to follow our guide on transferring your library to another location.

  2. A dialog box will appear asking you to select the type of backup you want. The options available to you are:

    • Backup entire iTunes library and playlists.
    • Backup only iTunes Store purchases.

     

    There is a check box underneath the two backup options that allows you to only archive the items in your library that have been added or modified since the last backup. This is known as an incremental backup and is useful to minimize the storage space required.

    Once you have made your selections, click the Backup button.

  3. Insert a blank disc (CD/DVD) into your optical drive.

  4. Wait for the backup process to complete.

Tips:

  1. Depending on how large your library is, further media discs may be required to complete the backup process.

  2. The information that is backed up onto disc is stored as data and not in a format that is compatible with CD and DVD players; this archived data is only useful to restore your library.

What You Need:

  • iTunes 7 software or higher.
  • CD/DVD recorder.
  • Blank CD/DVD media.
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