iTunes and Entertainment

If you're using OS X Mountain Lion iTunes is available for syncing. Learn about that and other OS X Mountain Lion entertainment features here.

Importing music

When you purchase music in the iTunes Store, it will automatically be imported into your library. However, you may have some CDs you want to import as well (also known as "ripping"). You may also have MP3s or other audio files that were created by a program other than iTunes. To listen to these items, you'll need to import them to your iTunes library manually.

To change your import settings:

If this is your first time importing a CD to iTunes, you may want to check your import settings first. These settings control what happens when you insert a CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.

  1. At the top of the screen, click iTunes (or Edit if you're using the Windows version), then select Preferences.
    Going to the iTunes preferencesGoing to the iTunes preferences
  2. Click the drop-down box next to When you insert a CD, then select the desired option. If you're importing many CDs, you should select one of the bottom three options.
    Selecting your import settingsSelecting your import settings
  3. If you want to change the compression settings of your imported music, click Import Settings. Generally, you should select the AAC Encoder or the MP3 Encoder, as they will help you save space on your hard drive.
    Changing the compression settingsChanging the compression settings

To import a CD:

  1. Insert a CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.
  2. Depending on your import settings, the CD may begin importing automatically. If it doesn't, click Import CD in the top corner of the window. It may take several minutes to import your CD.
    Importing a CDImporting a CD
  3. To eject the CD, click the Eject button in iTunes, or press the Eject key on your keyboard.
    Ejecting a CDEjecting a CD

To add an audio file:

  1. Click File, then select Add to Library.
    Adding to libraryAdding to library
  2. Select the files you want to import, then click Open. The files will be added to your library.
    Importing mp3s to the iTunes LibraryImporting mp3s to the iTunes Library

To select more than one file at a time, hold the Shift key on your keyboard while you click. This will select all of the files at once.