How to Use iTunes : How to Import CDs Using iTunes


DREW NOAH: So, now, I’m going to show you
how to import CDs into your iTunes music library. And if you’re like me, when I started using
iTunes, I pretty much just had CDs so I had to go through the tedious process of importing
all my CDs into iTunes and you might have to do this too. But I’m just going to show
you how to do it and how to set it up so as the best settings for you. So, the first thing
I want to do before I start or even insert the CD is set it up. So, what I want to do
is go to ‘preferences’ and on Mac, it’s under the iTunes menu–preferences right here but
if you’re on PC, it’ll be under the ‘edit’ menu at the bottom where you see special characters
right here but you’ll see ‘preferences’ if you’re on PC. So, I’m just going to go to
‘preferences’. Here it is. I’m going to go to ‘advanced’ and then I’m going to go to
‘importing’. And these are my import settings. So, on CD insert, these are your options.
You can have it ask to import the CD. You can have it automatically import the CD, automatically
import and eject, begin playing or just show CD. And when show CD, it just means that it’s
going to pop up in the side right here. So, I have it to ask which is pretty nice like–’cause
if I don’t necessarily need it to import it right away, it’s asking me, not automatically
doing it. Then you have the options, the Import Using. And by default, this is going to be
I believe on AAC encoder which is Apple’s encoder. And it’s up to you which one you
want to use. The reason I switched to MP3 is because it’s a more universal format. So,
if by default, you see it’s an AAC and I just put a CD and I start importing, it’s going
to be in this AAC format which is locked pretty much to iTunes and iPod. And it’s a good format,
it’s good sound but I decided to leave it on the MP3 encoder in case for some reason
I ever wanted to take my music that I’ve imported and play it on a different player. MP3 is
a much more universal format. So, that’s up to you. Alright. These other encoders, you
probably don’t want to mess with AIFF or Apple Lossless or WAV unless you know what you’re
doing. The main reason like–especially with WAV, these are going to create really large
files because they’re lossless. So, you want to compress them so you conserve hard drive
space and you can put more songs on like, your iPod. So, let me just show you the AAC
encoder settings that you can use. You’ll probably wanna–you’ll want to use–by default,
I believe it’s on higher quality and you probably won’t know a difference, this is just a really
high quality so–and then you can go to even higher, 256 kilobytes per second, Spoken Podcast
or customize it but if you’re new to iTunes, I would just suggest High Quality. If you
decide you want to use the MP3, the more universal format, you can go with ‘good’, ‘high’ or
‘higher quality’. And I’m a big–I love music so I just decided to put it on ‘higher quality’.
But you can–if you want to conserve space, High quality sounds great. So, decide what
you want to set your import settings to before you even insert your CD. And then you’ve got
some other things here, Play songs while importing; and when you import it, it will just start
playing and when it’s done importing the song, you can decide if you want to leave that on
or off. Automatically retrieve CD track names from the internet, I highly recommend leaving
this checked because it’s retrieve all the track names for you and then all your songs
will have the right names in your library. And create file numbers with track numbers,
you want to leave that checked. Use error correction when reading audio CDs. Use this
option if you experience problems with the audio quality from audio CDs. This may reduce
the speed of importing. And you’re probably not going to have to use this but I guess,
use it if you have these problems. So, when you’re done with your settings, just hit okay.

20 thoughts on “How to Use iTunes : How to Import CDs Using iTunes

  1. does anyone know how to put purchased itunes songs into a lg ux160 phone all my other songs show on the phone , but not purchased ones , it shows on the computer that its in the music file of the phone but still doesnt show up

  2. i don't have an Itunes button! i have only uploaded 37 songs (from CDs) It won't let me upload anymore! I've been searching up on YouTube for days on end now and no matter what, I can not find a video to help me. Please give me some advice, it will make my winter holidays better.

  3. Somebody please help me!! I imported some songs from my cd's into itunes and for some stupid reason there are some songs that separate from the album and create their own album. How can I fix it?

  4. @melovetorun You can go into the get info on the seperate album and change it to be the same as the other album

  5. hey umm…i noe i'm writing in 2011 but i just want to ask if importing songs means deleting songs from the cd? cuz i borrowed a cd from my friend and i dun wanna ruin it or anything…
    when i checked the cd's properties, it was like 0 bytes used of 0 bytes…

  6. hahahhaha its just funny to me cause your going through all that but all i have to do is look at the bottom of my screen where it says import cd and i click that lol

  7. I'm on windows, and whenever I try to import a cd, it doesn't give information, it just says "track 1" and the album name is "audio CD" how do I fix that?

  8. Hey
    I have a question about CD information. I inserted my CD (soundtrack) and it had multiple options. One option is English titles and another in Japanese. I selected the Japanese one, but now I'm trying to change the information back into english but I do not know how. Please if you can help me solve this issue that'll be great. Many thanks.

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