Best way to back up itunes?

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I want to update all my itunes music videos, apps, playlists, songs the lot.

I want to have it so that I can restore it at a 100% accuracy after I format my computer.

What is the best way of doing this?
 

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I want to update all my itunes music videos, apps, playlists, songs the lot.

I want to have it so that I can restore it at a 100% accuracy after I format my computer.

What is the best way of doing this?
Got a spare HDD?
 

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Got 4 external HDDs each one is 1 TB so yes.
 

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Got 4 external HDDs each one is 1 TB so yes.
I don't know about 'official' backup procedures, but when I've done it I've just burnt it all off onto dvd's due to a lack of HDD's.

So, I'd personally copy it all to a HDD, but who knows, probably not very efficient compared to some other method....just an idea...
 

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I don't think that will back up my playlists and apps.
 

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The last time I used itunes was about...4 years ago? I think just copying the whole itunes directory worked then (at the time it contained the music files, and an xml file describing the playlists and such).

Only thing is, I think it used absolute filenames instead of relative so you'd want to put it back eventually in the same directory tree.
 

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What about apps and videos?
 

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As long as you backup the 'iTunes Library.itl' file, and keep the music in the same relative folders/filenames etc, then you should (please don't blame me if it all goes wrong) be fine. That is your database, so it remembers where everything is.
 

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I understand this but where are the app folders?
 

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My Music > iTunes

Should all be in there, along with your music unless you have chosen to place it elsewhere.
 

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I move around my iTunes crap a lot. I just use rsync, though there shouldn't be an issue with copying it through explorer/finder. Everything it needs is stored under the iTunes directory under My Documents (or My Music) or Music (Mac).
 

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My Music > iTunes

Should all be in there, along with your music unless you have chosen to place it elsewhere.
Yep, apps are in there too. Just copy that folder.
 
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