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iTunes: How to Add Music to Library

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


iTunes: How to Add Music to Library


If you’re wondering what you have to do to expand your library, look no further. We’ll guide you through the process. We can even answer some of your questions about iTunes in 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 iTunes Store to your library on iOS and iPadOS.



  1. Open iTunes Store on your device.

  2. Tap “Music” at the bottom of your screen.

  3. Browse for some albums or tracks you like.

  4. Buy the album or individual tracks by selecting the price tags beside 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 resembles a cloud with an arrow.


When you purchase music from the iTunes Store, it’s automatically added to your library. You can remove or add music as you please too. However, you have to 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-middle of the window, select “Store.”

  3. You can browse for the choices already there 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.


All purchased music goes to your library by default, so you don’t have to worry about buying and then adding the music manually.


All you need to do is open your library and start blasting your tunes, or relax to soothing classical music.


Import Music From a Computer


If you have music files on your computer that weren’t obtained via 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 of them.


Method one goes 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 importing process.

  6. Now your files should be in your library.


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


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


When you’re importing music files into 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. Next, select “Preferences.”

  4. Select “Advanced.”

  5. Tick the “Copy Files To iTunes Media Folder When Adding To Library” box.


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


Import Music From Audio CDs


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


Here’s how you would do that:



  1. Open iTunes first on your computer.

  2. Insert the CD into the drive.

  3. A message box will pop up, and you have the choice to import the music.

  4. Select “Yes” to import all the 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 entire album should be in your library now.


The process shouldn’t take very 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 that your library is the same across all devices. You’ll be using iCloud Music Library in this case. Here are the steps:



  1. On your PC or Mac, open iTunes.

  2. Select “Preferences” on either 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 does not actually add Apple Music to iTunes, but it is the next best thing. Do this on all your devices and your library will be accessible on all of them.


iTunes Music Library Importing FAQs


What’s the Difference Between Downloading a Song Into iTunes and Adding to Library?


Adding a song to your library doesn’t necessarily download the song, which means you’ll need an internet connection to listen to it. If you download the song onto your device, you can listen to it anywhere as long as it’s on your device’s memory.


Make sure you have enough space to download your songs. If not, you’ll be forced to add to your library only.


Is It Legal to Import Music CDs Into Your iTunes Library?


It may be illegal to do so in some areas. For example, ripping a CD for any reason is illegal in the UK, but UK lawmakers have made the situation confusing. If you’re not sure you are allowed to do, consult 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 enlarge your iTunes library is simple. You can access all your music in one place, so there is no need to scour around for specific albums and files.


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

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