How to upload music to iTunes

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Thanks to your new iPhone you have discovered the practicality of iTunes, which you now intend to rely on to play all the music on your computer: it is a program as simple as it is functional, you just need to know where to “put your hands” to transform it into a valid ally in managing single songs, albums and entire playlists ! Before making this idea concrete, however, you asked yourself a precise question: how do you upload music to iTunes? What if it’s too difficult for your skills?

I’m happy to tell you that’s not the case. Indeed, you can add music to your iTunes library in many ways, all very simple to implement: for example, you can upload files and folders containing songs already on your computer, manage singles and albums available in your Apple Music subscription, import songs purchased from the iTunes Store, transfer libraries from old computers, and even load songs from audio CDs. Yes, you got it right! iTunes really allows you to do all this and you don’t have to be an expert to do it!

How do you say? Can’t wait to find out how to do it? Well said! Take a few minutes of time, sit down in front of your computer and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I’m sure that, at the end of this guide, you will be able to juggle comfortably in uploading music to what is about to become the your favorite media player. At this point, all I have to do is wish you a good reading and… good listening!

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Load music that is already on your computer

How to upload music to iTunes

The first method for upload music to iTunes what I want to illustrate is what concerns the music tracks you already have on your computer: iTunes, in fact, provides the possibility of importing files and folders already present on the PC and adding them to your library in a few seconds. There are many supported file types (MP3, AAC, FLAC And WMA extensionto name a few), so incompatibility problems are unlikely to occur.

To proceed with importing the songs already on your computer, start iTunesselect the item Music from the drop-down menu located at the top left e drag individual songs or folders in the program window: in this way, the files will automatically be added to the latter’s library.

If you don’t like working with the mouse, you can proceed to import via the menu – open the menu File that you find at the top left and select the item Add files to library… (on Windows) or Add to library… (on macOS), select the file (or files) you want to upload to iTunes and that’s it! To import an entire folder, however, click on the menu File and select the item Add folder to librarychoose the folder that contains the desired songs and press the button Folder selection.

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As a last step, I advise you to create a copy of all the files imported into your library, so that you can easily transfer it (I’ll tell you about it later) in case you need it. To do this, open the menu Edit > Preferences on Windows or iTunes > Preferences on Mac, click the tab Advanceset the check mark next to the entry Keep your iTunes Media folder organized and click Okay: copies of the songs will be stored in the folder displayed in the box immediately above.

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Upload music from Apple Music

You have a subscription to Apple Music, the music streaming service made available by Apple? Perfect, you can upload music to your iTunes in an extremely easy way! To proceed, click on search bar found at the top right of the iTunes window and search for the song or album you wish to upload, making sure the button is selected Apple Music in the small box that appears.


Once this is done, position the mouse on the song or album to load and first click on the button (…) placed next to its title, then on the entry Add to Music present in the contextual menu that is proposed. Similarly, you can also upload music from Apple Music by “browsing” from the thematic sections Announcements And For you: the procedure is absolutely identical. If you want, you can download the songs in offline mode (to have them available even in the absence of the Internet), after adding them, by clicking on the cloud-shaped icon.

Upload music from the iTunes store

Don’t have an Apple Music subscription and prefer to purchase your favorite songs individually? No problem – you can do it with iTunesStore, Apple’s virtual store that sells all sorts of multimedia content (songs, albums, ebooks and movies). You can access it conveniently by selecting the item Music from the drop-down menu at the top left and then clicking on the item store (or iTunesStore on Mac) that you find at the top right.


You can navigate through the songs using the links to categories, musical genres and personal collections, or search for them using the appropriate bar located at the top right of the program. Once you have found the song (or album) you are interested in purchasing, select it with a click of the mouse and then presses the button that shows the priceenter your credentials when prompted Apple ID (or just the password, if you’re already logged into iTunes) and presses the button Buy. In this way, the song will automatically be uploaded to iTunes and made available both in the local library and in all other devices associated with the ID.

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How do you say? Haven’t used your Apple ID for a while and received an unpleasant message warning you that it has been deactivated for security reasons? Don’t worry, you can re-enable your Apple ID without the need to create a new one by following the steps in my simple tutorial.

Load an existing library

Are you going to upload a music library on another computer to iTunes, but you just have no idea how to do it? Don’t worry, it’s much easier than you think. The first thing you need to do is launch iTunes on the old computer, activate the automatic copy of the imported files as I explained to you in the previous section, note the path to the iTunes folder present on the screen Preferences > Advance and wait a few minutes (depending on the number of songs in the library) for the copying procedure to be successful.


Once this is done, close iTunes on the “old” computer and copy the folder containing the previously noted music library to an external disk or USB stick: on Windows that folder should correspond to C:\Users\YourName\Music\iTuneswhile on macOS to /Users/yourname/Music/iTunes. Now move to the “new” computer, close iTunes completely, create a backup copy of the iTunes folder (to be restored if something goes wrong) and copy the folder iTunes from the key/disk to the folder Music of the computer, confirming the desire to overwrite it. Reopen iTunes and voilà, your songs will be there waiting for you!

If iTunes doesn’t recognize files uploaded this way, follow the steps below.

  • Close iTunes completely.
  • Press and hold the key Shift (on Windows) or key alt (on Mac) and launch iTunes again by double-clicking its icon.
  • In the window that appears, click on the button Choose a library….
  • Navigate to the previously copied folder (i.e. Music > iTunes) and double-click the file .itl related to the library you just imported.
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This way, all the files belonging to the library should be uploaded to the new iTunes. If you need further clarification on the steps described above, I invite you to consult my tutorial on how to export iTunes library.

Load music from Audio CDs

The last method I want to tell you about is loading songs from an “old” Audio CD: thanks to a convenient integrated function, within a few clicks you can import the songs on the disk into your iTunes library and save them in compressed format!

To proceed, launch iTunes and then insert the Audio CD into your computer’s drive. After a few seconds, the program will show you a window that will ask you if you want to import your CD into the iTunes library: confirm by clicking on the button Yupand wait for the completion of the procedure, which may be more or less short depending on the reading speed of your optical medium.

This way, songs imported from the disk will be copied in AAC extension on the PC. If you want to use a different format (e.g. MP3) for importing, access the menu Edit > Preferences (on Windows) or iTunes > Preferences (on Mac), click the tab generals and then on the button Import Settings located in the lower right.

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At this point, in the new window that opens, click on the drop-down menu Import using and select the format that best suits your needs: you can choose between AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV And Apple Lossless.

Uploaded songs will automatically be saved in the default iTunes folder, the one you learned about in the previous chapters of this tutorial.

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