Sunday, October 2

iTunes: How to Add Music to Library

iTunes is known for the large libraries that you can create and organize. You can find all your music in one place, and this convenience remains its selling point. Of course, iTunes is free, but music may not be.

If you’re wondering what you need to do to expand your library, look no further. We will guide you through the process. We can even answer some of your iTunes questions on importing music.

Add music from the iTunes store

You can buy music from the iTunes Store and download the files to your device. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to make sure you have enough space. On a computer, you can simply store your music files on a hard drive.

Let’s see how you can add music from the iTunes Store to your library on iOS and iPadOS.

  1. Open the iTunes Store on your device.
  2. Tap “Music” at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Find some albums or tracks that you like.
  4. Purchase the album or individual tracks by selecting the price tags next to them.
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  6. Complete the purchase.
  7. If you want to download the music, go to Library.
  8. Tap the download button that looks like a cloud with an arrow.

When you buy music from the iTunes Store, it’s automatically added to your library. You can also remove or add music as you like. However, you must add it to your library to listen to it.

On Mac and PC, the steps are different.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. At the top center of the window, select “Store”.
  3. You can browse the options that already exist or use the search bar to find the music you want to buy.
  4. Select the album or track you want to buy.
  5. Select “Buy”.
  6. Authorize the payment with your Apple ID or Touch ID.
  7. The music will now be in your iTunes library.
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All purchased music goes into your library by default, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing and then adding music manually.

All you need to do is open your library and start listening to your songs, or kick back with soothing classical music.

Import music from a computer

If you have music files on your computer that weren’t obtained through the iTunes Store, you can still add them to your iTunes library. This process is extremely easy and you have two methods available. Let’s take a look at both.

Method one is like this:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Go to file.”
  3. Select “Add File to Library” or “Add Folder to Library”.
  4. Browse for a file or folder and click open.
  5. Wait for iTunes to finish the import process.
  6. Now your files should be in your library.

If you choose to import folders, all the music files it contains will also be imported into your library.

Method two involves simply dragging and dropping items into the iTunes window. This will also start the import process. Simple, right?

When you import music files to iTunes, you can choose to copy them to your iTunes folder. This will leave the original files where they were. It’s a better way to transfer files to new locations while keeping the originals intact.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Go to “Edit”.
  3. Then select “Preferences”.
  4. Select “Advanced”.
  5. Check the “Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library” checkbox.

In the future, iTunes will copy a file when you add it to your library. The original will remain where you initially placed it.

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Import music from audio CDs

If you own a PC or an external CD drive for Mac, you can play CD music while using your computer. However, did you know that you can import music from your CDs into iTunes? Yes, your CDs are fair game for iTunes library expansion.

This is how you would do it:

  1. Open iTunes first on your computer.
  2. Insert the CD into the drive.
  3. A message box will appear and you will have the option to import the music.
  4. Select “Yes” to import all tracks and “No” to select the tracks you want to import.
  5. Select “Import CD.”
  6. Wait for iTunes to finish importing the files.
  7. The tracks or the entire album should now be in your library.

The process shouldn’t take too long, especially if you have a powerful computer. After this, you can put your CD back in the case and open iTunes to listen to your music.

Add Apple Music to your iTunes library

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can sync iTunes so your library is the same on all your devices. In this case, you will be using iCloud Music Library. Here are the steps:

  1. On your PC or Mac, open iTunes.
  2. Select “Preferences” in iTunes or Edit for Mac and PC, respectively.
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Check the box next to “iCloud Music Library.”
  5. Select “OK”.

This method doesn’t actually add Apple Music to iTunes, but it’s the next best thing. Do this on all your devices and your library will be accessible on all of them.

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iTunes Music Library Import FAQ

What is the difference between downloading a song in iTunes and adding it to the library?

Adding a song to your library doesn’t necessarily mean downloading the song, which means you’ll need an Internet connection to listen to it. If you download the song to your device, you can listen to it anywhere as long as it is in your device memory.

Make sure you have enough space to download your songs. Otherwise, you’ll be forced to just add to your library.

Is it legal to import music CDs into your iTunes library?

It may be illegal to do so in some areas. For example, copying a CD for any reason is illegal in the UK, but UK lawmakers have made the situation confusing. If you are not sure if you can, check your local laws and regulations.

Ultimately, it depends on where you live. Never do this without consulting the law.

My iTunes library is too big!

Adding music and importing music files to expand your iTunes library is simple. You can access all your music in one place, so there’s no need to search for specific albums and files.

Have you ripped a CD and imported the files into iTunes? Do you think this should be legal everywhere? Let us know in the comments section.

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