If you’ve upgraded iTunes to version 10.4 and up, you may notice that the “Backup to Disk” option is now missing from the File > Export menu. I loved this feature, and it was one of the reasons I stayed with iTunes for a long time. The method was efficient and allowed me to backup all of my music to several DVD discs. Apple has left iTunes users with the option of backing up manually. This may be great if you have a backup drive or online storage, but for those of us still relying on DVDs or CDs for backups, not so much.
There are still a couple of options for iTunes fans if you still wish to backup your iTunes data to a DVD or CD.
Uninstall iTunes, and reinstall version 10.3. Version 10.3 is the last version with the “Backup to Disk” option. If you then prefer to upgrade iTunes at a later time, the newer versions support restoring from backup discs created with older versions.
Manually burn the media folders located on your hard drive. This option won’t include all data such as album art work, but it’s better than nothing. For best results, you may want to use burning software that supports “spanning”. Such software allows you to queue a large amount of data to be burned to disc and will split it all up across several discs automatically just like iTunes used to.
Windows users can use CDBurnerXP with these instructions.
1. In iTunes, select File > Organize Library and check the Consolidate files and Reorganize files in the folder “iTunes Music”, then click OK. This will put all of your music in once spot.
2. Find where you music is located. You may have to check under Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location.
3. Open CDBurnerXP and select Data disc.
4. Navigate to the location where your iTunes files are located, then drag and drop the folders to the CDBurnerXP window.
5. Once the files are copied, select the Burn button.
6. Select Finalise disc if prompted.
7. Place a writable DVD or CD in the drive, then select Disc spanning.
8. Choose the proper Disc size on the drop-down menu, then select Split.
9. The software will then decide how many discs you will need to complete the backup. Select Burn.
10. Select Burn disc and your music will be backed up to disc. Once each disc is complete, CDBurnerXP will prompt you to insert a new disc. Your music will be automatically spanned across multiple discs.