Making a backup copy of all files on Mac, including your iTunes songs is necessary to avoid losing important data that you cannot retrieve easily. Photos, documents and videos are just three of the many things that you might want to consider making copies. Even if your Mac is fairly new, you still need to backup, every now and then.

With the new operating system, it is now easier to backup your files, and it is for free. Follow the steps below to help you out:

Obtain an external hard drive

You will need an external hard drive, where you can put all files that you want to make copies. These days, external hard drives are no longer deemed expensive. You can purchase 500 GB drive at a very affordable rate.

Configure Time Machine

Time Machine is a built-in backup feature of Mac OS X. When you plug in the external hard drive the first time to your Mac, said app will ask if you want to use it to make backup copies.

If so, click the Use as Backup Disk option. This will lead you to the app’s preferences. It will automatically perform your first backup. Each time you plug the hard drive into your Mac, it will perform such operation. It’s basically the same as when you use an iTunes duplicates remover.

Tweak the app

Sometimes, there are files that you do not need to backup. You can exclude certain items to help you conserve disk space on your hard drive.

To exclude some items, you need to hit the Options button found in the Time Machine window.

Click the “+” sign to add files and folders to the list of Do Not Back Up.

If you do not want to include your Applications folder, simple choose your computer’s hard drive, click the Applications folder and hit the Exclude button.

Start the backup

When everything is fine, Time Machine will now start making backup copies of the data you have on your Mac. The first backup process can take minutes to hours.

The iPod allows you to listen to various types of songs from different sources. One of the best things about it is that you can download free music. You just have to visit the App Store where you can find dozens of songs from various artists.

Before you can download music from App Store, make sure that you have at least the second generation of iPod or higher. Then, you must have the latest iTunes, iOS and iTunes account.  Lastly, it’s always advisable to use an iTunes remover tool to find & search for existing duplicates and for existing songs.

To obtain songs from the App Store, just follow these instructions.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer, i.e. if it is not running yet.
  2. Find iTunes Store button. It is located on top of the iTune’s window.
  3. Click that button. This will take you to the App Store.
  4. Browse the App Store for apps, music and other things that you wish to download. Because there are hundreds to thousands of songs found in App Store, it can be difficult to find what you want.

To help you get started, you may opt to browse the section of the most popular songs.

  1. Buy it. When you have found the song or album that you wish to have, click it to read its description and user reviews.

Once you are ready to download it, you may click the button that says Free or Buy. Make sure that you are signed in to your iTunes account to complete the process.

  1. Sync the songs you have downloaded to your iPod. To do this, you should connect your iPod to the computer where you have downloaded the songs.

What is great about App Store is that it remembers your purchases. This means that if you accidentally deleted a song or album, you will not buy another copy. Instead, you can easily re-download it from App Store. Make sure to check carefully before doing this, you can easily make the mistake of downloading the same song twice!