How do I copy files between separate iTunes accounts/libraries? | iLounge Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How do I copy files between separate iTunes accounts/libraries?

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Monday, August 22, 2005
News Category: iTunes: Copying Files

First, create a temporary folder somewhere on your computer’s hard drive. For example, C:/iTunesTransfer/ will work fine. 
Next, in iTunes account #1, find the playlist that you’d like to copy into iTunes account #2. Select it, and choose Edit—>Select All from the menu bar. Then, simply drag these entires out of the iTunes window and into a Windows Explorer window of your C:/iTunesTransfer/ directory. This will place copies of the files into that directory.

Then, log in to account #2 and open iTunes. Locate the C:/iTunesTransfer/ directory, and drag the files from Windows Explorer straight into the iTunes window. This will place copies of the files in account #2’s iTunes Library.  If you’d like to instantly create a playlist of these files, then instead of dragging to the main iTunes window, drag directly into the “Source? column where all the playlists reside. Finally, delete the files that remain in C:/iTunesTransfer/, as these are no longer needed.

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