How to Import Music from One Computer to Another Using iTunes 9!

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Couple of years ago I wrote about myTunes Redux, a software which helped users copy music from any shared iTunes library.

A similar feature has been add to the recently released iTunes 9 which lets you copy music from one computer to another on the home network.

The number of authorized computers that can copy music from each other is restricted to 5 and requires each computer to be authorized before music can be copied between computers.

Follow the steps mentioned below to authorize each machine and download music..

User should have a iTunes store account to take advantage of “Home Share” feature on iTunes 9, so, If you don’t have it, get one now by launching iTunes -> Store -> Create Account. Follow the wizard to create an online ID.

Now you are all set to Authorize your computer. Launch iTunes, Go to “Store” on the menu and select “Authorize Computer”.


Enter the ID and Password to authorize the computer


Once authorized you will see a similar alert..

Sharing Authorized

Once authorized, enable “Home Sharing”. Go to “Advanced” tab and click on “Turn On Home Sharing” and use the same ID and Password to login and enable Home Sharing..

Home Share Setup

You will see a similar message once the login is accepted.

Home Share Enabled

Repeated the steps mentioned above on machines you’d like to share music with, but remember the ID and Password used to authorize and enable Home Sharing should be same on all machines.

Once you repeat the steps above on other machines you will see a library on the sidebar under “Shared” tab

Music Shared

Click on the library to see the files on the other computer..  Now you can either play music or simply import it to the machine.

To import, select all the songs you want to copy and click on “Import”

Import Songs

Selected songs are imported once the “Import” option is selected..

Importing Songs

Easy right?

Couple of things one should keep in mind …

1)    This works on 5 computers only, so don’t forget to deauthorize the machines you don’t often use.
2)    Home Share works on local network only. Machines cannot be authorized on the Internet.
3)    Last but not the least, this feature only promotes personal use of the Music you own!

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  1. By: Elizabeth on March 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Since there is some confusion, I will put step by step what I did that worked.Do this in order!

    1.a- Confirm all computers are on the same network.

    1- On Computer1 (the computer where you want to import the music to): Advanced>Turn Off Home Sharing

    2- On Computer2 (the computer that has the tunes you want to import): Advanced>Turn Off Home Sharing

    3- On Computer2: Advanced>Turn On Home Sharing
    USE THE USERNAME/PASSWORD FOR THIS COMPUTER (the one with the tunes you want)
    You may want to confirm the house type icon is there in the sharing area (I sometimes saw this and sometimes didn't on the computer that 'owned' the content I wanted to import)

    4- On Computer1: Advanced>Turn On Home Sharing
    Under the 'Shared' Section, you should see a house icon with a music note inside (go to this link, under 'Enable Home Sharing', to see icon:

    Once you see the house icon next to the itunes id, you should then see the magic import button in the bottom right corner.

    Thanks to everyone that gave instructions!

  2. By: Rob Howard on April 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    The picture you have 2nd from the bottom, I don't have that import option. Any ideas?? I am going to send you a print screen.

  3. By: Abbas on April 9, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Hi Rob,

    Just saw the screenshot you shared with me. If you notice the "home" icon is missing next to "Rob Howard" under "Shared" label.

    Check this image out to see what I am talking about.. notice the "Home" icon..

    Unless you see the home icon you cannot import music. Please follow the steps precisely.

    Among other things make sure you are on the same WiFi network and you are using same UserID and Password on both machines.

    hope this helps..

  4. By: Rob on April 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I have home sharing on, but I do not get that house icon on either my mac or pc.... Any ideas?????

  5. By: Rob on April 9, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Never mind, it converted to the house icon when i turned the house sharing on & off.

  6. By: Abbas on April 9, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Awesome... I hope its working fine now..

  7. By: john mccormack on May 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I can't import songs or shows because i do not have an import button

  8. By: Rob Howard on May 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    The way I was able to solve that problem was I kept clicking and unclicking the home shared or sharing box a number of times, finally the little icon of a house showed up on the left hand side of itunes. As soon as that happened, the import buttom showed up.

  9. By: Tami on August 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you so much. Your instructions worked perfectly.

  10. By: tatermom203 on July 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you for taking time to lay things out step by step. I am now in the process of importing my library to the new computer!