How to Use iTunes : How to Add Files to iTunes Library


DREW NOAH: Okay. So, now, I’m going to talk
about adding files to your iTunes library. And when I say files, I’m mostly just talking
music files that maybe you used in a different program before you got iTunes and this basically–most
likely, they’re going to be a bunch of MP3s or something. So, how you do this is you just
go to ‘File’ and then ‘Add to library’ and it brings up a little ‘Add to library’ box.
And what you can do is you can just browse through a folder and then add everything in
that folder. You can just choose or you could select one file and just choose that. But
probably the easiest way is all the music that you want to add, you browse that folder
and then choose that. But let me just–before I start doing that, let me show you one more
thing in the ‘Preferences’. I’m going to the ‘Preferences’. In Windows, this is under ‘Edit’,
the ‘Edit menu’. And under ‘Advanced’, General, I have this checked, ‘Keep iTunes music folder
organized’. It says, “Places files into album and artist folders and names the files based
on the disc number, track number and the song title.” So, you always want to keep that checked
and you also want to keep checked ‘Copy files’ to iTunes music folder when adding to library.
So, this means that when I’m adding files–so, I’m telling iTunes here’s this folder full
of music files I want to add. And what it will do is it’ll copy it into its own library
so it’ll be safe and just in–basically, it’s going to copy it over so it will be in two
places, right? So, the reason you want to do this is–because this has happened to me
before when I was new to iTunes, I had music all over my computer and I just added it from
different places and then something happened and maybe I moved the folder around and then
my songs are gone ’cause all iTunes knows how to do is you added that file so it knows
where that file is located and when you click to play it, it’s going to where that file
is supposed to be located and playing it from there. And if it gets moved, if you change
the name of a folder or do anything like that, it’s not going to be able to find it and then
you’ll find a whole bunch of your songs have gone offline and you don’t know where they
are. So, that’s why I like to leave that checked. One more time, that is ‘Copy files’ to iTunes
music library. And what it’s going to do is–iTunes has its own directory where it keeps all the
files that maybe you’re importing or that you buy in the iTunes store and it will copy
any files you add. So, just to kinda demonstrate that, here’s a folder full of MP3s that I
downloaded and they’re all right here and they’re in my documents and I just put them
in my documents and then here’s what I did. I just went to ‘File’, ‘Add to library’ and
then you just navigate to them
and then I would hit ‘Choose’ and there you go. It added them to the library. But you
see what happens is over here, this is my iTunes directory which came from my Music,
iTunes and these are all my iTunes and other CDs I’ve imported and stuff from the iTunes
store and you can see I copied it over into my iTunes library. So, now, it’s here and
it’s in my documents. So, I could delete it from here, I just still have it on here. But
the reason–like, this is good. If you’re transferring from another computer, you might
put them all on–like, all your music on a drive and then if you check that copy over
to my iTunes library, you could just show iTunes where that drive is and then have it
copy it all to your computer. So, that’s how you add files to your iTunes library. It’s
‘File’, ‘Add to the library’.

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    Hey Dude! thank you so much! i know its 2012 but i just got itunes… so it was really hard for me to work the program… and you made it super easy! 🙂 thank you again

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  8. MissPompousTwat says:

    Can I put a song I got via a youtube to mp3 converter on my iPhone? Can I just add it via bluetooth from a friend's computer?

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    how to transfer word documents to itunes

  10. jessitheArtist08 says:

    Hey i found your video very helpful, but i have a problem… my brothers have music downloaded into the windows media player, but that music wont go into itunes… i couldn't even get it into a normal mp3, im not sure if its because of the music itself.. i tried looking for a way but it seems like it just there and windows CAN play it, but CANT do anything else to it. If anyone else knows what im talking about, it would be awesome if you can help, 🙂

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    How do you add videos into iTunes?

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    Watching this video made me nauseous.

  14. ru Rupee says:

    When I try to do that the song doesn't show up . Help?

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  23. col says:

    thanks for the tutorial. I was going mad having lost lots of files after moving folders around……thanks again.

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    anyone know any mp3 converters ?

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    Easy? I have had nothing but problems with Itunes since I got it. Useless! Im going back to my trusty Mp3-player.

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  30. victor bonilla says:

    i added two files/songs but when i sync my iphone the 2 songs dont sync to my iphone

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  32. Trect says:

    Apparently iTunes screwed me over by making it complicated to JUST ADD MUSIC! With the old iTunes you could just drag the music to the sidebar, but NOW, you have to goto a file, by using a toolbar, pick ONE SOMG AT A TIME, and wait for it to import into the device. Screw you, iTunes.

  33. greenzoid2 says:

    you arent doing it right then. put all the songs you want into a folder, then import that folder.

  34. Dan M says:

    drag and drop

  35. Mike Gamarra says:

    Actually, I just discovered how to drag and drop in the new version of Itunes. Just click on the songs you want to copy (press CTRL and click on each of the songs to choose more than one song). Once all the songs you want to copy are highlighted, left click on your mouse on any place of the highlighted area and while you move your mouse to the right and all your playlists will appear on the right hand side so you can drop the songs in the playlist you want. Very easy once you figure it out.

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  38. Khepri35 says:

    Ok, when I add music to my play list all the other music has this mark ( ! ). What dose that mine and why can't I play my music?
    I'm also using a hard drive to save my music if that would help.

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    Fuck Apple for making this shit so complex.
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    mine isn't working for some reason. fuck Itunes and their complicated bullshit

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    when you have half a million people or more not understand such a commonly used product then you know that your company is shit. Fuck itunes

  72. Dr_Dacosta says:

    I tried that but it just didn't work man and even worse my damn computer just sits there and looks right back to me saying to me hahahah i won't do that for you and then i get pisted at you because you suck at explaining ok and if comeback on this comment take it easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. Nastassia Lovely says:

    Thank U sooo effing much.. I new it had to be a simple way to do this shyt… theres also an option to add folder!!

  74. Justin Fencsak says:

    Itunes good for songs bad for other media. The Itunes store requires users to use a credit card for purchase via gift card money plus a security code while google play requires no credit card but google play money and/or phone billing which i don't use. I have a 3 year old ipod touch 4g which still works good and syncs well with my touch. Itunes Radio is good but i prefer pandora on my chromecast. 

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  77. hossam sulleman says:

    Why are you doing it the hard way

  78. Dlreplayer says:

    if you download the miro video converter, you can just change a file to audio>mp3 then you can just drag it in

  79. Eatmyass97 says:

    thank you this was easy

  80. Kenjii Takahashi says:

    This is not helping…itunes is confusing

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    hello sir,
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    will see how this works?

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    fuck you apple

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    How do I use an iTunes I bought for a ring tone?

  87. Jane Renn says:

    How do I use a song I bought on iTunes as a ring tone?

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    Thank you! Really helped!

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  91. IMur KING says:

    Ok here is my question I don't have acces to any pc or any iPad just an IPhone 7 plus now how can I access my iTunes library using my iPhone? The reason I asked I downloaded this app to make ringtones using my own purchased music iTunes so every time I save the ringtone once created it says your ringtone can be found in your iTunes library .. how can I access into that library ?

  92. Fakir Foturafcı says:

    itunes is one of the reasons I dont use any apple product. Pure fascism, nothing else!

  93. Alina N says:

    This is BY FAR the worst app ever. It's ridiculous and I can't believe they let it go this way. Nobody can figure this out. And what about that family sharing? You have to leave family sharing to add a file if you don't want the other person to pay for it? Seriously stupid.

  94. John Carroll says:

    Hi – I have a problem trying to add a track mp3 located in a documents app to itunes.

    I actually have about 500 of my own songs which may be better placed in Itunes so I can play rhem on my ipnone 6s. None of the screens show up as in the video.

    Can anyone advise


  95. John Carroll says:

    Apologies for the spelling errors

  96. John Carroll says:

    You advise "just go to file". Where on my iphone do I find that?

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  100. Maudie Bernier says:

    thx… also I find some of my files need conversion to work. Google for ZillaTube, it helps

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