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

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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  2. 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 ?

  3. 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.

  4. 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


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