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How to Import Downloaded Music to iTunes [updated]

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This article will show you how to add music to iTunes by either transferring a shortcut to its location on your computer or directly importing the file into an iTunes-specified folder.

What You Should Know

  • Create a shortcut in iTunes: Choose File > Add to Library in iTunes. Go to the music’s place. Choose Open after selecting the files.
  • Insert files into an iTunes folder: Choose Edit (Windows) or iTunes (Mac) > Preferences > Advanced > Copy files to the iTunes media folder.

How to Add Music to iTunes Using Shortcuts

With the popularity of streaming music and digital music stores, you may not download MP3s from the internet very often. However, from time to time, especially if you download live performance recordings or listen to lectures, you will need to download individual files.

It merely takes a few clicks to add music to iTunes so you may sync it with your iOS device or listen to it on your PC.

  1. Make sure you know where you saved your downloaded audio files. The files could be in your Downloads folder or on your Desktop.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click the File menu, and then click Add to Library.Add to Library... menu in iTunes File menu
  4. A window pops up that allows you to navigate your computer’s hard drive. Navigate to the folder or location of the files you want to import.
  5. Select the files or folders you want to add, and then click Open to generate a shortcut in iTunes to the music.Open dialog button for downloaded MP3s
  6. Open the Music option from the drop-down on the top left corner of iTunes to ensure that the files were added. To display the most recently added music, select Songs and then click the Date Added column.

You can also easily drag and drop your MP3 files into iTunes.

When you upload music, iTunes should automatically categorise them based on their title, artist, album, and so on. If the music did not import with the artist or other information, you can manually edit the ID3 tags.

How Copy Music Into iTunes Media Folder

When you upload music to iTunes, what you see in the programme is usually merely a pointer to where the files are located. For example, copying an MP3 from your desktop into iTunes does not move the file. Instead, you’re adding a shortcut to its desktop location.

If you relocate the original file, iTunes will not be able to play it until you manually locate it. One solution is to have iTunes copy music files into a separate folder. Then, even if the original is relocated or erased, iTunes keeps a copy.

Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  1. In iTunes, click Edit (on a PC) or​ iTunes (on a Mac), and then click PreferencesPreferences menu item in iTunes menu
  2. On the Advanced tab, check Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library.Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library option in iTunes advanced preferences
  3. Click OK to save your changes.

When this option is enabled, fresh imported music are added to the user’s account’s iTunes Media folder. The files are arranged alphabetically by artist and album title.

For example, if you drag a song called “favoritesong.mp3” into iTunes while this feature is enabled, it will be saved in the following folder: C:Users[username]MusiciTunesiTunes Media[artist][album]favorite.mp3.

Converting Other Formats to MP3

Not all songs you download from the internet will be in MP3 format (these days, you’re more likely to find AAC or FLAC). If you wish to convert your files to a new format, the simplest option is to utilise the converter built within iTunes. You may also do the work with free audio converter websites and apps.

How To Add Song To iTunes Library – Tutorial


How can you get free songs from iTunes?

Many websites, including SoundCloud, Free Music Archive, and Musopen, offer free music downloads, which you can then add to your iTunes library.

How do you purchase songs through iTunes?

Navigate to Music to purchase a song or album from the iTunes store. Locate the song or album you wish to purchase and click the price tag next to it. To finish the transaction, sign in with your Apple ID.

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