Add music to iTunes

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Add music to iTunes
Add music to iTunes

iTunes is a popular source for downloading and listening to music, but if you're not used to the program, adding music can be a challenge. Learn more about how to import music into the iTunes library from various sources, as well as ways to market and sell your own music through iTunes here.


Method 1 of 4: Importing music from CDs

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Step #1. Open iTunes

Wait for the program to start up completely.

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Step 2. Insert your CD into the CD or DVD drive

Once iTunes has started, put your CD in the player and wait for iTunes to recognize the CD. If your computer is online, iTunes will look for information about the CD and make it available in the program. In other cases, the program will ask to connect to the Internet, or ask if you want to skip this step.

The information about the CD consists of data such as album name, artist, song titles, composer info and pictures

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Step 3. Import the songs

A dialog box will appear asking if you want to import the CD. Click "Yes" if you want to copy all the tracks from the CD to your library. If you only want to copy a few, click "No" and manually uncheck the songs you don't want to copy. When you're done, click the "Import CD" button in the lower right corner of the window.

iTunes may show another dialog box with options for importing music. The default options should already be activated, but you can still change various settings at this point if you wish

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Step 4. Wait for all the music to be imported

The program will show the progress of the import for each track at the top of the screen. Depending on the length of the CD, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour. When the CD is completely copied, iTunes will beep to warn you.

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Step 5. Check the copied CD

View your music library and scroll down to find the location of the copied CD. Check if all album information has been added to the music files. If this is not the case, you can do this manually by right-clicking on a music track, or on all music and then choosing 'get info' from the menu.

Method 2 of 4: Importing music from your computer

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Step #1. Open iTunes

Wait for the program to complete before attempting to add media files to it.

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Step 2. Open iTunes Preferences (Preferences)

If "Copy Files to the iTunes Music folder when adding to library" is checked, not only will the music be added to your library, but it will also be copied to another location on your computer. You can turn this option on or off by going to the Advanced tab in the iTunes Preferences dialog box (via the file menu).

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Step 3. Go to "Add to Library" option

It allows you to move music tracks from your computer to iTunes in an easy way. On the Mac, you'll find this option in the file menu by selecting "Add to Library". In Windows, go to the file menu and then to "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library." The first option is for a single file, while the latter is for adding an entire folder of music to iTunes.

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Step 4. Go to the file or folder

Find the MP3 files you would like to download from another location on your computer. You can select more than one item at a time from the same folder by selecting a song and holding the 'shift' key until you've selected the total number of songs you want.

  • You can add files in AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, or format.
  • iTunes for Windows can also convert WMA files to any of the above formats when you add them to your iTunes library.
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Step 5. Add the music or file

Double click to select or click the 'Add' or 'Open' button in the file window. Because the files you add are already on the computer (unlike those on a CD), it should only take a few minutes to move the music into the iTunes library.

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Step 6. Check the moved files

Go to the iTunes library and scroll to where the imported music track or album is located. Check that the album information, including artist name, song titles, images, and album name came with the imported music files. If this is not the case, you can still do this by manually selecting the numbers, right-clicking and then selecting the 'get info' button from the menu.

Method 3 of 4: Buying music through iTunes

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Step #1. Open iTunes

Wait for the program to complete before attempting to change anything or select options.

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Step 2. Go to the iTunes store

There should be a button labeled "store" at the top right of the iTunes window. Select this and wait for the iTunes Store to load. This button is different from the 'store' drop-down menu at the top, next to the 'File' and 'Edit' menus.

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Step 3. Find what you are looking for in the iTunes store

Once the store's main page has loaded, you'll have several options to find the music you're looking for. At the top, you'll find several drop-down menus with various options, including genres, audiobooks, and podcasts that you can search. If you have a specific song, album or artist in mind, there is also the option to search for a specific song via the search bar at the top right.

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Step 4. Purchase/download items

Once you've found something you'd like to buy or download, select the 'buy' button next to the file. The price for the file should be next to this button. iTunes will display an appleID dialog box, requiring you to enter an iTunes ID and password for verification. Click 'finish' as ​​soon as you have entered the correct information

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Step 5. Download the files

When you return to the iTunes library, the bar at the top shows the progress of the download. You will not be able to use them until they are all downloaded, the duration of which may vary depending on the file size and internet connection speed.

Method 4 of 4: Sell your music through the iTunes Store

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Step 1. Give your own music a professional finish

Before trying to send a recorded album through the necessary channels, make sure it's polished and presentable. Put a good designer on it, edit the numbers and titles and add a description if necessary.

  • Selling your music through iTunes can be easy, even for amateur musicians, but count on a lot of competition, and the chances of success will increase enormously if you make sure your music is top-notch.
  • If you have no mastering experience whatsoever and no idea how to polish your music to the prevailing commercial standard, hire a specialist to do it for you.
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Step 2. Make sure your music is properly formatted

Convert the files to WAV, set it to a 44.1 kHz sample rate and 16 bit sample size. You can convert audio files in iTunes by importing them into the library, using a WAV encoder set to custom.

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Step #3. Add the finishing touches to it

You also need artwork for a cover and full track credits to send, for an online service can help you add the music to the iTunes store.

  • You must own the rights to the artwork.
  • Make sure the cover image is a.jpg" />
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Step 4. Get a UPC code

Before you can sell an album, you will first have to ensure that you have a UPC code. Fortunately, it is not difficult to get one. You can do this by registering with the Uniform Code Council, or asking a CD manufacturer or distributor if they offer these services. The latter may be a cheaper option. You can also get a UPC online through distributors like CD Baby or DiscMakers, which are often even cheaper options.

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Step 5. Read Apple's application carefully

Working with Apple usually requires having a professional label you can lean on, or at least having enough experience to prove you're a pro. You can of course also work with third parties, if Apple does not work.

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Step 6. Find an Apple-approved aggregator if necessary

If you didn't manage to go through the previous steps yourself, get an aggregator indearm, or another distribution service, that will let you finish and distribute your own music for a small fee. See the Apple iTunes application page for a list of approved aggregators. There are many to choose from, each offering different services and varying prices, but TuneCore, CDBaby, and Songcast are among the most popular.

  • Usually there is a fee, but there are aggregators like ADEDistribution that offer a free limited service with few extras.
  • If you are looking for an aggregator, stick with a company that allows you to retain all rights yourself. If you waive your rights to your music, you are no longer authorized to use or modify your own music as you wish.
  • Aggregators who allow you to keep (almost) all royalties are also preferred because that way you can earn more money from your own work per album sold.
  • Read the fine print. No matter how popular an aggregator is, always read the fine print about costs, fees and legal snags before using a service. If you don't understand the legal language, ask someone to help you, or hire a lawyer to go through the terms with you.

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