Import music and video from a computer into iTunes

If you have audio or video files on your computer, you can import them into iTunes so they appear in your iTunes library.
You can also import music and video from other computers in your Home Sharing network.
Windows: To add media from MusicMatch Jukebox or Audible Manager to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you need to first import it into iTunes.

Add items from your computer to your iTunes library

Do either of the following:

  • Drag a file or folder from the desktop to the iTunes window.
    If you add a folder, all the files it contains are added to your library.
  • In iTunes, choose File > Add to Library, locate a file or folder, and click Open.
    If your iTunes library is empty, click the Music icon in the top-left corner, click My Music, then click Scan for Media.

Mac: By default, iTunes places a copy of each audio file in the iTunes folder (Home/Music/iTunes) and leaves the original file in its current location. For information about adding an alias (instead of a copy), see Change where your iTunes files are stored.

Windows: By default, adding items to your iTunes library places a pointer to each file in the iTunes folder; the original file remains in its current location. For information about copying files to the iTunes folder instead of creating pointers to them, see Change where your iTunes files are stored. If the file is an unprotected WMA file and you have Windows Media Player Series 9 or later installed, iTunes makes a copy of the file and adds it to your iTunes library. The original WMA file remains unchanged. You can’t add protected WMA files or protected WMV files to iTunes. 

You can import the following file types into iTunes:
    ▪    AAC
    ▪    MP3
    ▪    AIFF
    ▪    Apple Lossless
    ▪    WAV
    ▪ (.aa)
    ▪    MPEG-4

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Last Modified: Oct 12, 2015
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