How to Put Music From iTunes Onto a Flash Drive

By Tim Mammadov

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iTunes is the digital media playback software from Apple Computers that is a must-have to manage music playlists for iPods and and to purchase ringtones on iPhones. Since every iPod can be synced with just one iTunes library this means that if your computer crashes you will have to recreate the library on another computer so that you can sync it with the iPod. This underscores the importance of backing up iTunes files. Once you have backed up all music files you can copy the library into iTunes on a new computer and sync it with your iPod.

Step 1

Start the iTunes application, click the "Edit" file menu option then select "Preferences" (Windows), or click "Preferences" file menu option (Mac OS X.)

Step 2

Click "Advanced," check "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" option and click "OK."

Step 3

Click the "File" menu option, select "Library" and click "Organize Library." Check the "Consolidate files" option and click "OK" to copy all of the files from library to the "iTunes Music" folder.

Step 4

Insert the flash card into the flash card drive.

Step 5

Navigate to the "iTunes Music" folder on your hard drive as follows:

"Documents and Settings," "Your Username," "My Documents," "My Music," "iTunes Music." (Windows)

"Users", "Your Username," "Music," "iTunes Music." (Mac OS X)

Step 6

Click the "iTunes Music" folder and then drag-and-drop it onto the flash card drive icon. The flash card drive is located on the Desktop in Mac OS X and in the "My Computer" (click on the "Start" menu and select "My Computer") window in Windows.