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Q: I have just recently ordered a G4 PowerBook: how do I get my music from iTunes on my PC to my Mac quickly and painlessly?

- Graeme

A: Since the iPod is basically a portable hard disk, it’s easy to copy data from one computer and move it to another one. Apple has an excellent tutorial on doing exactly this.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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