Add music to iTunes

Learn how to add music from your computer or from an audio CD and how to purchase music from the iTunes store.

Add music from your computer if your library is empty

iTunes can automatically scan for music files. To scan:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select the Music icon in the upper-left corner.
  3. Click My Music from the upper-middle.
  4. Click "Scan for Media."


Learn how to download past purchases from iTunes in the Cloud if they haven’t already been downloaded to your computer.

Add music from your computer if you already have music in your library

To add more music from your computer:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Mac: Go to File > Add to Library.
    Windows: File > Add Folder to Library. Learn how to turn on iTunes menus in Windows 8 and 7.
  3. Navigate to and select the file or folder you want to add.
  4. Click Open.

Accepted file types

You can import these file types into iTunes:

  • AAC
  • MP3
  • AIFF
  • Apple Lossless
  • WAV
  • (.aa)
  • MPEG-4

iTunes for Windows can also convert unprotected WMA content to another format for use with iTunes.

Add music from audio CDs

  1. Insert an audio CD into your computer’s optical drive.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. A message asking if you'd like to import the CD will appear. To import all of the songs on the CD, click Yes.
    If you don’t want to import all of the songs, click No. Then deselect the songs you don’t want to import. 
  4. Click Import CD in the upper-right corner of iTunes.
  5. iTunes will show the progress of the import for each song. iTunes encodes content imported from CDs as 256 Kbps AAC by default for high quality at small file sizes. If you prefer to encode in another format, or you want to convert a previously imported song to a different format, change your import settings.

If your computer is connected to the Internet, iTunes can automatically look up information for the CD such as song name, album and artist. This works for most commercially produced audio CDs.

Purchase music from the iTunes Store

The iTunes Store has a large selection of music and other content, which varies by country.

Learn more about browsing and buying from the iTunes Store.

Learn more

Learn how bring over your music from a different Mac or PC.

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