How to Backup iTunes Library to iCloud

Backing up data has become more and more important than ever before. Today, we will take iOS users as an example. For iOS users, you may have downloaded lots of items you like from iTunes and don't want to lose any of them.

Thus, the best way for you is to back up iTunes library with iCloud. In this way, your files will be safe and no viruses or anything else which might damage your digital media files. In addition, you can share your files to your friends or family freely.

Here you may ask: "How do I get my iTunes library into iCloud?". If you don't know how to backup iTunes library to iCloud. Following we will show you the best way to do that. Just move on and learn more.backup itunes library to icloud

Part 1. Backup iTunes Library to iCloud from iOS Devices on PC

In iOS devices, users can simply one click to backup their files by enabling the iCloud auto backup. But it needs internet connection. If you don't want that way, you can back up iTunes library to iCloud with iTunes on PC.

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Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the USB cable.

Step 3. Usually it will prompt you the menu to trust this computer on your device, please click 'Yes' to accept it.

Step 4. Select your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone when it shows in iTunes. In case it doesn't show up, please check to make sure the cable is connected tightly.

Step 5. Select any supported files like music, movies, books, photos, etc. and click 'Back Up Now' to backup all the items.

It is the easiest yet free way to backup iTunes library of iOS devices on PC. However, in this way, all the files can't be used or shared directly to others. If you want, you need to restore them back to your devices.

Part 2. Upload iTunes Library to iCloud via iCloud Music Library

To backup iTunes library to iCloud like music, you can use iCloud Music Library. Here are the simple steps.

On Mobile Device

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Step 1. Go ahead to 'Setting' on your iOS devices > 'Music'. Then turn on 'iCloud Music Library' option. If you don't see the option, then you need to sign up for Apple Music or iTunes Match first.

Step 2. You will be asked if you want to save the music on your device if you already have music on your device. Then you could choose the option 'Keep Music or Delete & Replace' you like.

On Computer

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Step 1. On Mac, click on 'iTunes' > 'Preferences' from the menu bar at the top of your system. While on PC, open iTunes and click 'Edit' > 'Preferences' at the top menu.

Step 2. Choose 'iCloud Music Library' at the 'General' option. If you don't see the turn on iCloud Music Library option, then you need to sign up for Apple Music or iTunes Match.

Note: With iCloud Music Library, it matches the music from the biggest Apple Music server. So, you will end up getting all the DRM protected files.

Part 3. Save iTunes Music to iCloud with iTunes Match

Unlike iCloud Music Library, iTunes Match will only add your DRM free files or enhance them. So, the files won't be locked after matching.

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Step 1. Start iTunes from your computer.

Step 2. Find and click the 'iTunes Match' menu from the iTunes.

Step 3. If you have subscribed to the 'iTunes Match' service, you can click 'Sign in' option. Then input your Apple ID and password to start to use the service.

Step 4. Once entered, Apple will start to scan your entire music library. And then upload iTunes library to iCloud for listening everywhere.

Part 4. Transfer iTunes Purchased Movies to iCloud Drive

As for iTunes Purchased movies and TV shows, the ways above won't work. But no worries, you can still move iTunes movies to iCloud Drive for backup.

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Step 1. Click 'System Preferences' on your Mac > 'iCloud' > 'Options'.

Step 2. Place a tick in 'Desktop and Document Folders' and click 'Done' to enable iCloud Drive. While on Windows PC, you need to download and install iCloud drive package from Apple official website.

Step 3. Now you should see the iCloud Drive icon on your Finder (Mac) or Explorer (Windows), then click it to open. Every movies or TV shows you copy to the folder will be synced to iCloud server automatically.

In this way, you can keep your videos safe and find them from other devices. However, since they are DRM protected, you have to authorize them on the devices before you play them.

Extra Tips: Remove DRM from iTunes Movies for Sharing

drmare m4v converterTo help you use iTunes purchased or rented movies easily, you are recommended to crack the FairPlay DRM protection first. In this way, you can upload iTunes library to iCloud Drive. How?

You can use DRmare M4V Converter. It has lots of power features and lossless converting feature. It supports to edit video files and output multiple video formats. So, you can use iTunes movies on different devices and platforms. Users who are interested in this can simply click 'Download' to try it out for free. For more tutorial, you can also visit: How to Remove DRM from iTunes Movies.

Updated on Nov 12, 2020 4:20 PM / Update for iTunes Tips
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