How to Add Music to Your Music Library


This wikiHow teaches you how to place music in your computer's or phone's music library. You can add music by importing it from an audio CD on a computer, or you can purchase music through your computer's or phone's music player.

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Using an Audio CD on Windows

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The CD goes logo-side-up in your computer's CD tray. If an autoplay window appears, skip ahead to the "Click the Import option" step.

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Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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Click the folder-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start window.

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It's a computer-shaped icon on the left side of the File Explorer window.

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You'll see this grey box with a CD icon beneath the "Devices and drives" heading.

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This tab is in the upper-left side of the window. Clicking it brings down a toolbar at the top of the page.

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It's in the "Media" section of the toolbar.

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Your computer's default audio player will open, and it should begin importing the CD's songs.

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Depending on your audio player, you may have to confirm that you want to import the CD or select a storage location.

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Once the audio player finishes importing the CD's songs, you can eject the CD; the music will be playable.

Part 2
Using an Audio CD on Mac

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Click the iTunes program icon, which resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background. You'll typically find it in the Mac's Dock. It helps to be connected to the Internet while doing this, since otherwise your songs might not import with the correct information (e.g., artist name, song name, track order).

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Most Macs don't have built-in CD drives, so you'll most likely need to buy an external one and plug it into your computer.

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You'll find it in the upper-left side of the window.

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Doing so will prompt the CD to begin importing into your iTunes library. You can also click No, uncheck any songs you don't want to import, and then click Import CD.

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Once the import is complete, you can click the blue-and-white "Eject" button in the upper-right side of the page to eject the CD and save your songs.

Part 3
Using Groove on Windows

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Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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This will search your computer for the Groove Music player.

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It's at the top of the Start window. Doing so opens the Groove window.

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It's a gear-shaped icon in the bottom-left side of the Groove window. The Settings page will open.

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This link is below the "Music on this PC" heading that's near the top of the page.

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It's in the middle of the page. This will open a File Explorer window in which you can select a music folder.

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Click on a folder that contains music which you want to add to Groove. You'll find the folder on the left side of the File Explorer window.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window.

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You'll find this in the lower-right side of the Groove page. Doing so will begin uploading your music to Groove. You can't purchase music through Groove, but you can purchase a Groove Music Pass that lets you download music for free. To buy a pass, click Try a Music Pass in the bottom-left corner, click Start trial when prompted, and enter your payment details if prompted to do so.

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Using iTunes on Mac

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Click the iTunes program icon, which resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background. You'll typically find it in the Mac's Dock.

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This menu item is in the upper-left side of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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You'll find this item in the drop-down menu. Clicking it prompts a Finder window to open.

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Click a folder that holds the music that you want to add to your computer. You'll find it on the left side of the Finder.

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Click and drag your mouse across a group of songs that you want to import, or hold ⌘ Command and click each individual song that you want to import.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the Finder window. This will immediately add the music to your iTunes library.

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In addition to adding existing music to your iTunes, you can buy and download music onto your computer through iTunes. To do so: Click the iTunes Store tab. Click the "Search" bar. Type in a song or album name and press ⏎ Return. Click the song or album price. Enter your Apple ID password, then click BUY.

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Any purchased music will download into your iTunes library, at which point you can transfer it to your iPhone if you like.

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Using iTunes on iPhone

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If it is, you can add the music from iTunes to your iPhone without having to purchase or download music from your iPhone's iTunes app. If the music isn't already in your computer's library, proceed with this method.

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Tap the iTunes Store icon, which resembles a white musical note on a purple background. You'll usually find this app on the Home Screen.

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It's in the lower-right side of the screen.

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This is at the top of the screen.

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Type in the name of a song, an album, or an artist, then tap Search on your iPhone's keyboard.

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Tap Songs or Albums at the top of the page to sort by song or album.

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For example, if you want to buy an individual song from a well-known artist, you would tap $1.29 to the right of the song.

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It's a green button in place of the price button.

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Type in the password you use to sign into your Apple ID account. If your iPhone has a Touch ID sensor, you can usually scan your fingerprint instead.

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Once the music finishes downloading, it will be available in your iPhone's library immediately.

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Using Google Play Music for Android

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Go to in a web browser on your computer. This will open your current Google Play Music home page if you're logged into your Google account. If you aren't logged into your Google account, click Sign in in the top-right side of the page, then enter your email address and password. If you're logged into more than one Google account, you can click your profile icon in the top-right side of the page and then select the account you want to use from the drop-down menu.

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It's in the upper-left side of the page. A pop-out window will appear.

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This option is near the bottom of the pop-out window. If you haven't yet set up Google Play Music, first click NEXT, enter your debit or credit card details, and click ACTIVATE. This is just to verify your country of residence, so you won't be charged.

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It's near the bottom of the page. A File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window will open.

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Click the folder where your keep your music on the left side of the window.

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Click and drag your mouse across the contents of the music folder to select songs, or hold down either Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ Command (Mac) and click individual songs to select them independently of one another.

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It's at the bottom of the window. This will begin uploading your selected music to Google Play Music. Once it completes, you'll be able to play the uploaded music using the Google Play Music app.

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It's a gear-shaped app in your Android's App Drawer.

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You'll find this beneath the "Personal" heading on most Android phones.

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It's under the "Accounts" section.

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Tap an account on this page. This should be the account you used to log into the Google Play Music page. If you aren't signed into your Google account, enter your email address and password before proceeding.

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If this option isn't checked, tap the checkbox to place a checkmark in it. Doing so will allow you to access your Google Play Music library on your Android.