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How to upload music to iTunes

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How to upload music to iTunes: 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 turn it into a valid ally in the management of single songs, albums and entire playlists ! Before making this idea concrete, however, you asked yourself a very specific question: how do you do a upload music to iTunes? What if it’s too difficult for your skills?

I am happy to tell you that this is not the case. Indeed, you can add music to your iTunes library in multiple ways, all very simple to put into practice: 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 upload songs from audio CDs. Yes, you got it right! iTunes really allows you to do all of this and you don’t have to be an expert to do it!

How do you say? Can’t wait to find out how? Well said! Take a few minutes of time, sit 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 comfortably juggle loading the music on what is about to become the your favorite media player. At this point I just have to wish you good reading and … good listening!

Load music already on your computer

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 ability to import files and folders already on your PC and add them in a few seconds to your library. The supported file types are numerous (MP3, AAC, FLAC And WMAjust to name a few), so incompatibility problems are unlikely to occur.

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

If you don’t like working with the mouse, you can proceed with the 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, instead, 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.

As a last resort, I recommend that you make a copy of all the imported files in your library, so that you can easily transfer it (more on that later) in case you need it. To do this, open the menu Edit> Preferences on Windows or iTunes> Preferences on Mac, click on the tab Advancedset the check mark next to the item Keep the iTunes Media folder organized and click OK: The copies of the tracks will be stored in the folder displayed in the box immediately above.

Upload music from Apple Music

Have a subscription to Apple Music, the music streaming service made available by Apple? Perfect, you can upload music to your iTunes very easily! To proceed, click on search bar that you find at the top right of the iTunes window and search for the song or album you want to load, making sure that 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 click on the first button (…) placed next to its title, then on the item 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 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 buy your favorite songs individually? No problem – you can do it with iTunes Store, 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 iTunes Store on Mac) that you find at the top right.

You can browse 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 buying, select it with a click of the mouse and then presses the button it shows the priceenter your credentials when prompted Apple ID (or just the password, if you are already logged in to iTunes) and presses the button Buy. In this way, the song will be automatically uploaded to iTunes and made available both in the local library and in all other devices associated with the ID.

How do you say? Haven’t used your Apple ID in a long time and received an unpleasant message warning you of its deactivation 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 outlined in my simple tutorial.

Load an existing library

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

Once this is done, close iTunes on the “old” computer and copy the folder containing the music library, noted earlier, to an external disk or USB key: on Windows that folder should match C: Users Your Name 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 restore if something goes wrong) and copy the folder iTunes from the key / disk to the folder Music of the computer, confirming the will to overwrite it. Reopen iTunes et voilà, your songs will be there waiting for you!

If iTunes does not recognize files uploaded in this way, do the following.

  • Close iTunes completely.
  • Press and hold the key Shift (on Windows) or the key alt (on Mac) and launch iTunes again by double clicking on its icon.
  • In the window that appears, click on the button Choose a library ….
  • Move to the previously copied folder (therefore in Music> iTunes) and double-click on the file .itl for the newly imported library.

This way, all 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 point out concerns the loading of songs from an “old” Audio CD: thanks to a convenient integrated function, in a few clicks you can import the songs on the disk into the iTunes library and save them in compressed format!

To proceed, start 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 media.

In this way, the songs imported from the disk will be copied in AAC on the PC. If you want to use a different format (eg MP3) for the import, go to the menu Edit> Preferences (on Windows) or iTunes> Preferences (on Mac), click on the tab General and then on the button Import settings located at the bottom 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.

The uploaded songs will be automatically saved in the default iTunes folder, the one you learned to recognize in the previous chapters of this tutorial