How to add songs to iTunes

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You followed my guide on how to install iTunes and you realized that the program in question, as well as an excellent tool for managing iPhone and iPad, is also a respectable multimedia player. For this reason, you have decided to retire the software you have used so far in favor of Apple’s solution but, not having who knows what familiarity with the latter, you have ended up wondering: now, how to add songs to iTunes?

Well, if this is your current need, know that you are in the right place, at the right time! During this tutorial, I will explain how to add multimedia tracks to the program gallery, whether they come from your computer, from external support, or a supported online store; for completeness of information, I will also show you how to use iTunes to load songs on iPhone and iPad and I will give you some indications about the use of the software on Mac as well.

So, what do you think? Would you like to find out how to do all these operations in more detail? If your answer is yes, take five minutes of free time and put the instructions below into practice: I assure you that it is child’s play! Having said that, there’s nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and have fun!

How to add songs to iTunes from Windows PC

To begin, let’s see together how to enlarge the iTunes library if the latter program is installed on a computer-animated by the Windows operating system.

How to add songs to iTunes

How to add songs to iTunes from Windows PC

If you have stored a series of songs on your computer in MP3 format (or in one of the many other formats compatible with iTunes, such as AAC, FLAC, WMA, and so on), you can load them into the multimedia program library in a very simple way. First, start iTunes, set the drop-down menu located at the top on the Music item and, to add a song or folder to the program library, drag it to its main window.

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Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by going to the File > Add file to library… menu of the program, to add one or more songs individually, or File > Add folder to library… to load an entire music folder instead. Once you have made your choice, click on the Open/Select Folder button and wait patiently for the file import to complete.

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How to add songs to iTunes

If you wish, you can also import songs from an “old” audio CD into iTunes, as long as your computer is equipped with an internal or external CD / DVD drive. To do this, after opening iTunes, insert the audio CD into your computer player and wait a few moments for the program to show you the CD import window: when this happens, click on the Yes button and wait for the songs to be compressed. and stored in the iTunes media library.

All songs imported into iTunes will be stored on your computer in AAC format; if you want to alter this behavior, go to the Edit > iTunes Preferences menu, click on the General tab, and then on the Import Settings button: on the next screen, you can indicate the preferred format in which to save the imported files.

Note: If you wish, you can also import music into iTunes from an existing library created, for example, on another computer. To find out more, take a look at my guide on how to export and import your iTunes library, in which you will find all the additional details on the matter.

How to add music from the iTunes Store

How to add music from the iTunes Store

As you can easily imagine, iTunes is perfectly capable of managing and playing the songs obtained through the iTunes Store, i.e. the Apple market dedicated to the purchase of music, videos, books, and other multimedia elements.

If you have previously used the Apple market, or if you want to buy music from there and upload it to iTunes, start the latter software, set the top drop-down menu on the Music item, and then click on the Store tab, located at the top.

Now, examine Apple’s musical proposals (or search for the name of the song, album, or content of your interest, using the appropriate bar located at the top right) and, once you have identified the song or album of your interest, click on it and click on the button containing the price, to start the purchase.

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At this point, if you haven’t already done so, enter your Apple ID credentials in the form that appears on the screen, click on the Buy button, and, if necessary, complete the second authentication factor by entering the code that is been delivered by text message, or on a previously authorized device. If you have not yet associated a valid payment method with your Apple account, you will be prompted with a wizard that will allow you to do so.

After the purchase, the song will be automatically uploaded to iTunes and made available both in the local library and on all other devices associated with the same Apple ID. If you wish to access the downloaded contents also in offline mode, click on the cloud symbol corresponding to the respective names, to download them. For more information on purchasing songs and multimedia content from the iTunes Store, take a look at the specific tutorial I’ve dedicated to the subject.

How to add music from Apple Music

How to add songs to iTunes

If you have a subscription to Apple Music, the streaming service promoted by the big name of the “bitten apple” that provides unlimited and ad-free access to a catalog of around 90 million songs, know that you can play all your favorite content via iTunes, even in offline mode.

To do this, after opening the program in question, click on the Discover or For you tabs, click on the Continue button and, if you have already signed up for the Apple service, click on the item Do you already have a subscription? and enter the credentials of the associated Apple ID in the appropriate fields. Then, click on the Login button and, if necessary, confirm the login using the second authentication factor (received via SMS or another authorized device).

If you have never used the service before, click on the Try for the free button instead, to activate the free trial of Apple Music valid for 30 days (afterward, the subscription costs 10.99 euros/month) also in this case, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID credentials in the dedicated fields. If everything went smoothly, you should now be prompted to activate the subscription and auto-renew for the service, knowing that you will not be charged until the Apple Music promotional period expires .

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Once access to Apple Music has been finalized, use the For you and Discover tabs to access the multimedia catalog; if you wish, you can search for songs and albums within the service, using the search bar visible in the upper right corner of the iTunes window.

To add an Apple Music song to your personal library, click on the + button corresponding to its name; to insert, instead, an entire album , you have to click on the Add button next to its title. The added songs and albums will be quickly accessible from the Library section of iTunes.

If you are interested in listening to Apple Music songs added to the library even in offline mode, that is, in the absence of the Internet, click on the cloud symbol corresponding to their respective names. If you need further clarification on how to use Apple Music on PC, I refer you to reading the tutorial that I have dedicated to this topic.

How to Add Songs to iTunes: Mac

How to Add Songs to iTunes: Mac

Have you bought a new Mac and can’t find the iTunes icon? Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal: starting from macOS 10.15 Catalina, in fact, the iTunes application has been permanently deleted from the operating system and its functions have been distributed within the Finder applications (for the management of iPhone, iPad, iPod and other Apple devices) and Music (for managing your computer’s media library).

Therefore, if you want to add songs to your Mac’s media library, you will necessarily have to act from the Music application: open the latter by clicking on the musical note icon located on the Dock (or in the Launchpad ), click on the File > Import… menu of the program and select the song or songs to import into the app, using the Finder panel that appears immediately afterwards.

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To load content from the iTunes Store, click instead on the item of the same name, present on the left; if, on the other hand, you intend to access or subscribe to the Apple Music service , click on the Listen now item located on the side and then on the service banner, which appears in the center of the page. The methods of accessing and using the iTunes Store and Apple Music within the Music application are almost identical to those already seen for iTunes on Windows.

Note : if you have a computer equipped with macOS 10.14 Mojave or earlier editions of the operating system, iTunes is pre-installed “as standard” and can be used in the same way as explained above for the Microsoft operating system.

How to put music on iTunes: iPhone

How to put music on iTunes: iPhone

How do you say? Are you on this guide because you would like to understand how to transfer music to iPhone using iTunes? Don’t worry, it’s just as simple. I anticipate right away that if your iTunes library contains songs purchased from the iTunes Store, or added by the Apple Music service, you will automatically find them in the “iPhone by” Music app, provided that the latter has been previously associated the same Apple ID used to purchase the content, or subscribe to Apple Music.

If, on the other hand, you want to load the songs contained in the iTunes for Windows library onto the iPhone, first connect the phone to the computer using the USB cable supplied; then start iTunes , click on the phone icon that appears at the top and then press the Continue button to start pairing the two devices.

Then switch to iPhone, unlock the screen (if necessary) and tap the Authorize button , which should now be visible on the display; finally, enter the phone unlock code and wait a few moments for the communication between the phone and the computer to be authorised. More info here.

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How to put music on iTunes: iPhone

At this point, you can transfer music from your iTunes library to iPhone in two different ways: by copying only the songs and albums you want to your phone , or by syncing part or all of your iTunes library with the Music app , in automatic way.

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In the first case, you need to activate the manual management of multimedia files: click on the iPhone symbol visible on the iTunes screen, open the Summary tab , place the check mark next to the item Manually manage music and videos (found in the Options box ) and then click on the Apply button .

Now, return to the main iTunes screen by clicking on the arrow pointing to the left (located at the top of the program window) for a few consecutive times, set the top drop-down menu to the Music option and, to transfer a song or album from your library on the phone, select it with the mouse and drag it to the name of your iPhone , located in the left sidebar (under the Devices section ).

If, on the other hand, you want to import all the iTunes songs into the iPhone Music app, click on the phone icon located at the top, click on the Music item located on the side (in the Settings box ) and put the check mark next to the voice Synchronize music .

At this point, you can choose to synchronize the entire music library , by placing a check mark in correspondence with the dedicated item, or only specific Playlists, artists, albums and selected genres , choosing the latter from the box visible immediately below. Once you have made your choice, click the Apply button and wait patiently for the data to be transferred from computer to iPhone. For more information, carefully read my guide on how to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone.

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