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Adding music and other content to iTunes

Learn how to add music and other content to iTunes.

Adding audio and video content to iTunes is easy. iTunes helps you import audio CDs, add digital audio and video content already on your computer, and even purchase new content from the iTunes Store. Select a topic below to learn more about adding content to iTunes. If you already have content in your iTunes library and want to learn more about playing and managing content, see article HT1399.

Add songs from audio CDs

Using iTunes, you can add music to your iTunes library from your audio CD collection in few easy steps.

  1. Open iTunes and insert an audio CD into your computer's CD or DVD drive.
  2. If your computer is connected to the Internet, iTunes will automatically look up information for the CD such as song name, album and artist. This feature will work with most commercially produced audio CDs.
  3. A dialog appears asking if you would like to import the CD. To import all songs from the CD into your iTunes library, simply click Yes. If you don't want to import all songs from the CD, click No, uncheck the checkbox next to the songs you don't want to import, and then click the "Import CD" button in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.
    Import CD button
  4. iTunes will show the progress of the import for each song selected. iTunes encodes content imported from audio CDs in AAC format at 128 kbps. This format provides high quality sound at small file sizes. If you prefer to encode content from audio CDs in MP3, WAV, AIFF, or Apple Lossless format, or you want to convert a song you've already imported to a different format, see article HT1550.

    Importing song

Adding content on your computer to iTunes

iTunes helps you add digital audio and video files on your computer directly to your iTunes library. You can add audio files that are in AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, or Audible.com (.aa) format. If you have unprotected WMA content, iTunes for Windows can convert these files to one of these formats. You can also add video content in QuickTime or MPEG-4 format to iTunes. To learn how to add these files to iTunes follow the steps below.

  1. Open iTunes
  2. From the File menu, choose one of the following choices:
    • Mac
      • Add to Library
    • Windows
      • Add File to Library
      • Add Folder to Library
  3. Navigate to and select the file or folder that you want to add

If iTunes is set to "Copy files to the iTunes Music folder when adding to library," iTunes will copy all content that is added to the iTunes library to the iTunes Music folder. To adjust this setting or change the location of this folder, go to the Advanced tab in iTunes Preferences.

Purchasing content from the iTunes Store

The iTunes Store has a large selection of music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, applications, free podcasts, and more. To learn more about purchasing and downloading content from the iTunes Store, see How to browse and buy content from the iTunes Store.

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