How to Import MP3 Files Into iTunes

How to Put Downloaded MP3s Into iTunes

It's really easy to import music files into iTunes so you can sync your library with your iOS device or listen to your music on your computer in a nice, organized manner. It just takes a few clicks to find and import the files.

It may seem odd to want to use iTunes for collecting your music since streaming music and digital download stores are popular. However, every now and then, especially if you're a big music fan who downloads live concert recordings or listens to lectures, etc., you'll need to download individual files and add them to iTunes.

Tip: If you have some audio files that you want to be in the MP3 format, or some in MP3 that you want as a different format, use one of these free audio converter websites or programs. Another way to make an MP3 file is to use iTunes itself.

How to Add Music to iTunes

  1. Before getting started, make sure you know the location of your downloaded audio files. This might be your Downloads folder or somewhere on the Desktop.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Either use the File menu to import one or more songs into iTunes or just drag and drop the files directly onto the program, right on the open window.

    You'll see a progress bar as iTunes processes the file.
  4. Check that the music was added by opening the Music option from the drop down near the top left side of iTunes. Then, choose Library to see your music library.
  5. iTunes should have automatically categorize it by name, artist, album, etc. If it imported without the artist and other information, you can manually change the ID3 tags yourself.

    How to Make iTunes Copy Music Upon Import

    Normally, when you add music to iTunes, what you see listed in the program are just references to the real location of the files. For example, if you copy a file from your desktop into iTunes, you're not really "copying" the file but instead just putting a shortcut to it into iTunes.

    If you move the original file, iTunes can't find it and won't be able to play it until you manually locate it again. One workaround for this is to actually let iTunes copy files into a special folder so that even if the original is moved or deleted, iTunes will still retain a copy of it.

    Do this through Edit > Preferences... > Advanced, putting a check next to the option called Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library. Once enabled on Windows, newly imported songs will start going into the \iTunes Media\ folder within the user's account, and organize the file based on the artist and album name.

    For example, if you drag a song called "favoritesong.mp3" into iTunes with this setting enabled, it will go into a folder like this: C:\Users\[username]\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\[artist]\[album]\favoritesong.mp3.