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How to Transfer your iTunes Library to Another Computer

Question: I have a bunch of music in iTunes on my old computer. How do I transfer my iTunes library to my new computer?

Answer: There are two ways to do this: 1) by manually copying your iTunes music files to an external hard drive and then manually copy them to your new computer, and 2) using a program like iPod 2 iTunes or MediaPilot that let you copy music from your iPod directly to another computer.

I'll cover the manual route first, which is a little harder and requires that you have an external hard drive, and then I'll show you the easy way using just your existing iPod and an inexpensive copy of iPod 2 iTunes.

Manually copy your iTunes library to another computer using a external hard drive

Plug in your external hard drive to your computer. Open Windows Explorer and go to your iTunes music folder. On Vista it's C:\Users\your.username\Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music. On Windows XP it's under Documents and Settings.

Copy the iTunes Music folder to your external hard drive, and then plug the hard drive into the other computer.

Make sure iTunes is installed on the other computer, and just copy the contents of the iTunes Music folder from your external hard drive to the new computer (in the same location as the old computer). iTunes will recognize the files the next time you run it, and you'll be good to go.

Automatically copy your iTunes library to another computer with third-party software

A much easier option if you have all the music on your iPod is to use a third-party program that will copy music from your iPod to your computer (basically using your iPod as an external hard drive).

There are a couple of programs that you can use to upload music from your iPod to any computer running iTunes.

MediaPilot:

Turn Your Blackberry Curve into a Wireless MP3 Player

Most Blackberry devices comes with a standard 3.5-inch headphone jack that let you listen to music from the built-in mp3 player.

But you can also listen to music without plugging in a cord, by using a wireless bluetooth headset.

Here's a step-by-step guide that will show you how to set up bluetooth on your Blackberry so you can listen to music using a wireless bluetooth headset.

1. Enable Bluetooth on your Blackberry

Click the "Set Up Bluetooth" icon on the main Blackberry screen, and it will automatically enable Bluetooth and start searching for Bluetooth devices that are within range (normally about 30 feet).

Make sure your Bluetooth headphones are in pairing mode so that they can be discovered by your Blackberry. For the Jabra BT620s Bluetooth headphones shown below, this means turning them off and then pressing and holding both sides of the headphones at the same time for about 5 seconds until both sides show solid blue lights.

Blackberry Enabling Bluetooth

2. Pair your Blackberry with your Bluetooth Headphones

Once your Blackberry discovers the Bluetooth headphones, it will prompt you to select the device (the headphones). You may already have other Bluetooth devices that you've paired your Blackberry with, such as your computer if it has Bluetooth enabled, but you'll still need to pair with the headphones before you can use them.

Pairing with a Bluetooth device requires establishing a Bluetooth connection that's identified by a unique passkey. You'll always use four zeros "0000" for the Jabra headphones numeric passkey.

My iPod has Stopped Working - How do I Reset It?

Question: My iPod has totally stopped working. It won't charge when plugged into the computer and won't turn on at all. Could it be a battery issue? As far as iTunes goes, how can I transfer my entire library over from our old computer to our new computer? I've tried copying and pasting and I installed the iTunes from the disk but my library is still empty? Thanks - Jean

Answer: Jean, you're not alone with the whole iPod freezing situation. I just bought my wife an iPod nano for Valentine's Day, and two days later it completely froze up. The kids had been playing with it, and I think they just got a little crazy with all the buttons.

Resetting a Frozen iPod

The trick for resetting a frozen iPod is to press the Menu and center button at the same time and hold them for about 6 seconds. You should see the Apple icon and your iPod should restart. Give that a try and let me know if it does the trick. If it doesn't work, then I recommend taking your iPod into an Apple store where they can check if the battery is fried.

Copying Music from an Old Computer to a New Computer

As for copying your music from your old computer to your new computer, look in your My Documents folder and you'll see a My Music subfolder. iTunes stores it's music under My Music --> iTunes --> iTunes Music. That's the folder you'll need to copy to your new computer, and for Windows Vista you'll paste it into your C:\Users\Jean\Documents\My Music\iTunes\ folder (assuming you have a user account created named Jean).

iTunes should recognize the music automatically, but if it doesn't then you can use the File --> Add Folder to Library menu in iTunes to load the new folder into iTunes.

How to create a ring tone for free using iTunes

You can create ringtones for free with iTunes using the steps outlined below, and can upload them to your cell phone with a USB data cable or a Bluetooth connection.

I'm assuming you already have your song loaded in iTunes, and you can refer to other articles in the iPods and MP3 Players forum if you need instructions for loading songs into iTunes from your iPod or a music CD.

Set the song length to about 30 seconds

Right-click on the song in iTunes and select "Get Info" from the pop-up menu. Choose the Options tab and change the Stop Time to 0:30 for 30 seconds of play time.

This won't change or damage the actual file; it just tells iTunes to only play the first 30 seconds of the song (plenty of time for you to answer your phone). You can change this setting back to full length after you create your ring tone.

Configure the iTunes MP3 Encoder

Configure the MP3 Encoder built into iTunes to use 22khz and mono encoding (the format used by cell phone ring tones).

Click the Preferences menu and then choose the Advanced tab. Click "Importing" and then choose "MP3 Encoder" from the Import Using drop down. Choose "Custom..." from the Settings dropdown, which will display an "MP3 Encoder" dialog like the one shown below.

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