How to Backup Only Purchased Music in iTunes

by Thomas Beutel

I was asked recently how to backup purchased iTunes music, and after trying the normal backup function, I discovered what everyone already knows – that iTunes wants backup everything, including movies and TV shows. While I appreciate that Apple wants to backup all purchases (see bottom of How to backup up your purchases for a complete list), I just wanted to backup music.

With a hint from Macrumors, I found a way to do it. First create a smart playlist as follows:

Purchased audio smart playlist

Select this playlist, then press the Burn Disc button at the bottom right. Burn it as a data disc so that it saves all of the track data as well.