When you use iTunes, you create a library to store, organize and access your music. If something happens to that library, you can lose all the hard work you put into it. Using a program like TuneSwift makes backing up your iTunes music library much easier. While iTunes has a built-in backup system, it is not foolproof and can be more difficult to actually restore.
CopyTrans’ TuneSwift allows you to backup and restore your iTunes library in minutes. It is part of a comprehensive suite of tools that allow you to do just about everything iTunes cannot when it comes to your music, videos and more.
How to download and install TuneSwift
Although he Copytrans Tuneswift was completely free only till May 2011, you can still download the free version. However he free version is only compatible with iTunes 10 or less. So if you are using iTunes version 10 or less, you’re good to go. The activation code, only valid for the free version, is: TUNESWIFT-FINAL-FREE
In order to get the most out of TuneSwift, you should buy the full version. You can download the entire Suite and begin tinkering around with certain functions from the get go. You want to download TuneSwift from CopyTrans’ web site.
Click on the “Free Download” button to begin the download from the website.
Now, scroll down to the CopyTrans TuneSwift header and click the “Download installer” button. Once the installer is downloaded, you can double-click on it and begin the installation process.
You want to read the Terms and Conditions of TuneSwift before accepting them. Once accepted, click “Install.”
It will want to test your Internet setup to make sure you have a working connection. Hit “Test connection” to begin the test. It should only take a few seconds.
If will let you know if you have Firewall to allow TuneSwift to bypass it.
Once the installer has finished the test, it will let you know the results. If it completed successfully, it will let you know and you can continue the installation process by clicking “Ok.”
Your installation of TuneSwift is now complete.
How to use TuneSwift
When you first open TuneSwift, you will be greeted with a whole host of options to use in the suite. You can choose which program you want to begin using, check out the settings or information of the suite.
Click on “Settings.” Here you change some values of the suite, such as displaying the current version information of each program. There are other settings you can tinker with too that deal with the look of the suite.
If you click the “Information” tab, you will see what version of the suite you are using along with the date of its last major update.
Now, you want to click on CopyTrans’ TuneSwift. This will open the program up in a new window.
You will be given three options to begin using TuneSwift: Transfer, Backup and Restore. Transfer allows you take a previous backup of your iTunes Music Library and transfer it to another computer. There is no reliable way to do this between two computers. This process makes it simpler.
Backup allows you to store a copy of your iTunes music library somewhere on your hard drive. You can even make changes to your library and save over what TuneSwift saved for you previously. Restoring a backup allows you to recover your iTunes music library should something happen, you change computers or it becomes corrupt.
The first thing you want to do is backup your iTunes music library. Click on “Backup.” You can choose to back up your entire library or just the recent changes. Click “Full backup” to begin the process.
Now you will choose where to save the backup.
Once you have chosen a location and named the backup, click “Start Backup” to start it. It will take a few minutes depending on the size of your iTunes music library. Once finished, you can then restore or transfer it down the line if you need to.
If you need to transfer your iTunes music library, click on “Transfer” from the main screen.
You will want to choose whether you are transferring it to your PC or Mac.
Once you choose, you will be asked where you want to transfer the library to. You can choose another computer, a new folder on the same computer an external hard drive. When you have decided where to transfer your library to you hit the “Transfer” button to begin the process.
If you need to restore an iTunes music library backup, you want to click “Restore” from the main screen. You will choose where the backup is and where you want it to be restored to. Click “Start Restore” to begin the restoration process.
TuneSwift is that easy to use for any level of computer user.
Copytrans TuneSwift Features at a glance:
- Copy iTunes library from PC to PC, or from PC to Mac
- Transfer iTunes library to another computer
- Move iTunes library to another drive on same computer
- Save iTunes library on an external hard drive
- Complete iTunes backup and incremental backup
What do I think of TuneSwift?
When I first downloaded TuneSwift to try, I was overwhelmed that it came with all the components of the suite CopyTrans has to offer. I was expecting just TuneSwift. I opened it and begin using it and right away it was apparent, how easy it was to use the software. It was easy to make a backup of my own iTunes library, transfer it to another computer I own and then restore it as a way of testing how the software worked.
If you are looking for a simple way to make a backup of your iTunes library, TuneSwift is the software for you. The full version of TuneSwift is only $14.99 and this is a great deal for this type of software(although free version is also available, with certain limitations). Backing your iTunes music library may seem like something you would never need to do but when you least expect it you may need to restore or recover your library. TuneSwift makes that easy to do.
Visit CopyTrans’ web site to download TuneSwift.