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How to use iTunes on Mac

As you probably know, iTunes is the software Apple offers you so you can manage, organize and play your music from your iOS devices.

In iTunes you can create your own music collections imported from your CDs (in case your Mac has a CD tray), download tracks from iTunes itself or add songs from any other source.

The best thing about using iTunes is that in addition to being able to create song lists or playlists, you can rate the songs you like most and synchronize the music of your iTunes library with any Apple device.

Although iTunes is a software Solid and effective, it has been criticized by many for its (sometimes) confusing interface. That is why we have decided to offer you a detailed guide so you can get the most out of iTunes and leave behind any confusion.

Before continuing, keep in mind that to write this article we have taken as an example the version of iTunes 12.7 (to be more precise still version 12.7.0.166).

If you are using a different version, you see that more or less everything explained below works the same way, however, the screenshots you see may not match those of your iTunes version (especially if instead of a Mac is using a Windows computer).

1. How to find iTunes

If you are using a Mac, it is normal that you already have iTunes installed by default. You can find it anchored in the Dock of your Mac in the form of an icon with a musical note.

In case you are not in the Dock, access the Applications folder or search by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right part of the screen.

If you are using a very old device or if you are using your Windows computer, then you can access through this link to the official Apple website where you can download iTunes for free.

2. How to update the latest version of iTunes

To update iTunes you will have to go to the Mac App Store and click on the updates icon at the top. If updates for iTunes are available they will appear on that list.

You can also write the name of the application you want to update to find it more easily in case there are many pending updates.

3. How to add music to your iTunes library stored on your Mac

If you already have music files saved on your Mac, you can have them automatically added to iTunes. You can also easily import music from CDs or other devices.

To add all the music files stored on your Mac to iTunes, you will simply have to open the application and, if this is the first time you use it, a window will open asking you if you want iTunes to scan your Mac to find Music files to add to your library.

Accept if you have music (or videos) stored on your Mac, as this is the fastest way to start creating your own iTunes library.

If this message does not appear or if after having used the application several times you want to access this automatic scanning option, then go to File> Add to library.

Browse through the folders with music files (or video) on your Mac and click on them in Open. They will be automatically added to your iTunes library.

4. How to add music from a CD to your iTunes library

Each time the CDs are less used. That is why many computers no longer even include a CD tray or that we have CDs collecting dust on our shelves.

The best way to continue enjoying the music of all those old CDs is to import your songs to our iTunes library.

This task can not be easier: simply insert the CD into your Mac and iTunes immediately offer you the option to import all your tracks to your iTunes library.

5. How to add music from the iTunes Store to your iTunes library

Buying tracks from the iTune Store from your Mac is also very simple. Click on the Store option once the iTunes app is open, to see the list of song and album offers on iTunes.

Click on the songs or albums you want to download them and they will automatically be added to your iTunes library.

If you access your iTunes library from other Apple devices, you will have to download these songs again, although obviously you will not have to pay for them again.

6. How to use my iTunes library on all my Mac and Apple devices

It is possible to synchronize your iTunes library on all your Apple devices. Thanks to this synchronization you can listen to all your favorite songs anywhere and from any of your devices.

To do this you will have to subscribe to iTunes Match that costs around 20 a year. This system allows you to store your entire library in the cloud to download any of the songs from your library every time you want to listen to them.

You may be interested in checking out our list of the best services to save your files in the cloud.

7. How to move your iTunes library

This step is important especially when you leave your old Mac to start using a new one. You can save a lot of time if you save the library to an external hard drive and then copy it to the right place on your new Mac.

The appropriate location where you should paste the library changes slightly depending on the version of iTunes you use. Search your files for a folder called Music, iTunes or Librera.

As it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly the location of these files, we recommend that you take a screenshot so that you can paste all the files on your new Mac exactly on the same site.

8. How to edit song names in iTunes

Once the songs are imported, they may be saved with somewhat complicated names that you may find difficult to find. Luckily, it is possible to change their name.

If you want to change the name of a song in iTunes, you will have to click on the song, wait a second and click again a second time. You will select the name and you can simply write the title you want for that track.

To edit the track in a more specific way, select the desired track and simultaneously press the Cmd + I keys.

A window will open with all the information that iTunes stores about a particular song or video, such as the artist or artist, the name of the album, the composer, the year, etc.

9. How to delete duplicate tracks in iTunes

It is almost inevitable that a galley as large as iTunes will accumulate duplicate tracks. That is why iTunes offers you a tool to detect duplicate songs.

Thanks to this tool, you can reduce the size of your library so that it does not take up much space. To do this, click on the Library tab and select the Songs option on the left side of the iTunes window.

Now, at the top of the screen click on File> Library> Show duplicate items.

10. How to play files on iTunes

All and all beginners in iTunes should know that to play any track they will only have to double click on it and it will start playing automatically.

If you double-click on another track, it will start playing automatically by stopping the one you were initially listening to.

If you prefer that the second track you wish to listen to begins only when the first one is finished, right-click and select the option below. In this way, the track will be added to the playlist row.

If you click on the icon at the top with three stripes and three dots, you can see at all times the playlist and the songs that are in a row to be played next.

This same list also gives you the option to delete songs from the play row.

11. iTunes display options

The menu you will find on the left side of the screen shows you your audio tracks categorized into different groups: by artist, album, song or genre. Click on one of these categories to see the files within that group.

You can also press the Command + J keys to open a window with a list of different options to classify your songs according to the criteria you decide.

12. How to create playlists in iTunes

To create a playlist in iTunes you have two options:

  • Press the Cmd + N keys simultaneously to create a new cow list, with nothing on it.
  • Or select the songs you want by right clicking on them and selecting the option to add to a new playlist.

Your playlists will appear on the left side of the menu in alphabetical order, below the categorization options discussed in the previous section.

At any time you can drag a song to one of your playlists so that it appears automatically, or right-click on the track and select the option to add to a playlist.

You should also know that there are intelligent playlists, that is, lists that are automatically generated. You can identify them because they have a gear icon.

To have iTunes generate playlists for you automatically, click File at the top of the window and then New> Smart Playlist.

A window will open in which you can select different filters for iTunes to generate your playlists according to your preferences.

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