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How to import music into iTunes

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Apple's iTunes is great software for organising your digital music collection. It allows you to organise files by track name, album, artist, genre or star rating that you provide, as well as letting you create playlists of tracks. These tracks can then even be transferred to any of your devices that run iOS, such as an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod or shared with other computers located on your home network.

 Here’s how to import music into your iTunes library.

Step one
From the Start menu, select iTunes to launch the software.

Step two
Insert a CD into your PC’s optical drive. The software should automatically identify if the tracks and not contained in your library and ask you whether you want to import them. Press Yes. If iTunes does not offer this option, click on the album title from the far left-hand side of the window and then press Import CD at the bottom of the window.

Step three
The import will begin. You can stop it at any time by pressing the Stop import button located in the far bottom right-hand corner of the window. Once the import has finished, you’ll be alerted via a sound and then the tracks will appear in your library, ready for you to transfer to an iOS device or add to playlists.

Step four
Alternatively, if you already have digital music files on your PC, its possible to import them straight into iTunes. From the file menu select Add file to library to add individual tracks (although you can select more than one at a time by pressing control when you select the files). Alternatively, select Add folder to library to import the entire contents of a folder on your PC into iTunes.

Step five
Use the Windows Explorer to trawl your hard drive and select any tracks you want to import, then press Open and they’ll be added to your library.  

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