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Part 3. Adding Music to Your iTunes Library

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iTunesImporting



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SettingMusicImportingPreferences

WhenyouaddmusictoyouriTuneslibrary,thefilesarecopied

toyourcomputerintheiTunesfolder.Filesaretypically

convertedfromtheiroriginaluncompressedformattoa

compressedformatyoucanchoose.Youcanalsoimport

compressedfiles,includingMP3s.Beforeyouimportmusicfrom

aCDorcopyitfromanothersource,takeafewmomentstoset

importingpreferencesiniTunes.



Start



Macuser:IniTunes,pulldowntheiTunesmenuand

choosePreferences.Windowsuser:IniTunes,pulldown

theEditmenuandchoosePreferences.

ClicktheAdvancedbutton.

ClicktheImportingtab.



Note:FormatChoices



AACisthebest

compressedformat

available.Ifyouplanto

transferimportedfilesout

ofiTunesorplaythemon

anon-iPodmusicplayer,

youcanimportfilesas

MP3sinstead.AIFFand

WAVareuncompressed

formatsthatcreatevery

largefiles.AIFFisthe

formatfoundonaudio

CDs;WAVisastandard

Windowsfileformat;and

AppleLosslessisthe



company'shigh-quality,

moderatelycompressed

format.



ChooseAACEncoderfromtheImportUsingdrop-down

menu,ifitisn'talreadyselected.AACisacompressedfile

formatthat'sahigherqualitythanMP3.

ChooseHighQualityfromtheSettingmenuifyouintend

toimportmusic.

ClickOKtoclosePreferences.

End



Note:CustomEncoding

CustomencodingsettingsareavailablefromtheSettings

menuforeachsupportedfileformat.Thesesettings

tweakthebitandsamplerates,affectingthequalityand

sizeofthefile(higherqualityisbettersoundingbut

resultsinlargerfiles).Inmostcases,youwon'tneedto

messwiththeseoptions.



ImportingMusicfromaCD

iTunescanautomaticallyimporttracksfromyouraudioCDs,

makingthemavailableforplaybackonyourcomputeror

transfertoaniPod.



Start

IntheAdvancedtabofiTunesPreferences,click

Importing.

ChooseImportSongsfromtheOnCDInsertmenu,to

telliTunestobeginimportingassoonasyouinserttheCD.

ClickOKtoclose.

InsertanaudioCDintoyourdrive.



iTunescontactstheGracenoteMediaDatabasetoobtain

trackinformationforyourdisc.Importingbegins

automatically.Youhearanalertwhentheprocessis

complete.

End



Note:GotGracenote?

TheGracenoteMediaDatabase(formerlycalledCDDB)is

anInternetrepositoryofartist,track,andproduction

informationforthousandsofsongsandCDs.Inmost

cases,iTunesisabletoaddGracenotedatatotheCDs

youimporttoyouriTuneslibrary.Ifthedatabasedoesn't

returntrackinformation,youcanadditmanually.Ishow

youhowinPart13,"ManagingYouriTunesLibrary."







AddingaFilefromYourComputer

iTunesimportsanysupportedaudiofileyoucopyfrom

elsewhereonyourcomputer.FormatsincludeAIFF,WAV,MP3,

AAC,andAppleLossless.Youcanaddthefilebydraggingitinto

theiTuneswindoworbyusingiTunes'smenus.



Start

InWindowsExplorer(Windows)ortheFinder(Mac),

locateanaudiofileorafoldercontainingaudiofiles.

ClicktheiTunesLibrarylabeltoviewitinthecontent

pane.

DragthefileorfolderanddropitintheiTuneswindow.

iTunesimportsthefile(s).



End



Tip:Don'tBeaDrag

There'sanalternativewaytoaddfilestoyouriTunes

library.IniTunes,chooseFile,AddtoLibrary.Navigate

tothefileorfolderyouwanttoimport,andclickChoose.

Ifyouchooseafolder,allcompatiblefileswithinitare

imported.



Note:ID3Tags

Information,suchastitleandartist,aboutanaudiofile

youaddtoiTunesisstoredinID3tags.Whenyouimport

anaudioCD,theID3taginformationisaddedtoyourfile.







AddingaFilefromtheInternet

Downloadingaudiofilesthatareprotectedbycopyrightand

availableforsalewithoutpayingforthemisillegal,butthere

areplentyoffreelyavailablesongs,soundclips,andpodcasts

outthere,freeforthetakingfromwebsites.



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