Exporting iTunes

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I don't know how I did it, but I screwed something up & now iCloud & Keychain are nagging me for passwords. I want to nuke the hard drive & do a clean install of Yosemite. I know that I can export the playlist & the library, but I see no option to copy the actual music files. Can I just copy the music files folder to an external hard drive or flash drive? I know that I can upload the files to iCloud, but I don't know how to do that & I wonder if it is even possible since iCloud is nagging me for passwords. So, how do I go about exporting the playlist & library & music audio files prior to me nuking the hard drive? Then how do I import all of the files after I nuke the hard drive & do a clean install of Yosemite?
 
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Yes, you can just copy the Folder containing the iTunes stuff to an external drive. To get them back, you can copy the folder back to wherever you want it, then open iTunes/Preferences/Advanced and enter the location of the folder.

But what you plan to do may not make the prompts from Keychain and iCloud go away. It may be simpler to solve that than to do a clean install and still have the prompts because you still need to put in Keychain and iCloud.
 
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Alrighty, then. I think that I had previously discovered that I can change the location of the audio files when I was browsing around iTunes. I had forgotten about it.

So, I'll have to export the playlist & library & audio files prior to nuking the hard drive & doing a clean install of Yosemite. I'll just use the default location for storing the audio files.

I haven't used iCloud for storing files because I don't use Apple software. For example, I use Libre office instead of iWorks. For some unknown reason, I can't store non-Apple related software files in iCloud. But there are other things I can use iCloud for like back to my Mac. So, I'll enable iCloud.

Thank you for your help. I can't think of any other iTunes-related questions.
 
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