Apple Music is a great way to listen to music on Apple and Android devices, and has a wide range of songs available. But what if the songs you love the most aren’t available on Apple Music?
Songs stored on your computer can be added to your Apple Music library. We’ll guide you through how to add your music to Apple Music from Mac or Windows.
What you need to know before you start
Importing your music is probably a feature of Apple Music that you probably didn’t know about. However, there are a few things you’ll need before adding your music to your Apple Music library. If you have a Windows PC, you will need to download iTunes from Apple’s official website and install it. If you are a Mac user, you will have Apple Music pre-installed on your Mac. If not, you can download it from the App Store.
You must have your music files in MP3 and M4A format. You can convert your FLAC files to MP3 if you need.
Once everything is set, you are ready to start importing your music to Apple Music. The process is mostly similar on Mac and Windows, with only a few options differing.
How to import your songs to Apple Music on Mac
Importing your files to Apple Music is easier than you think. Follow these steps to do it:
- Open Apple Music.
- Select Proceedings from the menu bar.
- Click on to import from the dropdown menu.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop the music files to the Apple Music app window to import them.
When it’s done, it will import the selected music files to your Apple Music library. You can find your songs in the Recently Added or Artists section.
How to import your songs to iTunes on Windows
Since Apple Music isn’t available on Windows, iTunes is your only option for importing your music. Follow these instructions to do so:
- Open itunes on your computer
- Select Proceedings from the menu bar in the upper left corner of the window.
- Click Add file to library either Add folder to library in the drop-down menu depending on what you want to import.
iTunes will then import the files into your iTunes library. You can access them by going to the Library and selecting the Recently Added or Artists tab, similar to Apple Music on Mac.
Please note that you will only be able to upload MP3 and M4A files on Mac and Windows, not FLAC or WMV formats. Also, it is worth mentioning that no one will have access to the music you uploaded, and only you will be able to access it.
Again, Apple Music doesn’t upload it to the cloud, instead it creates a copy of your music files on the Home > Music > Music > Media > Music folder, leaving the original files in their current location.
You can choose to delete the original files, but make sure you don’t delete or move the copied files from their location, or else you won’t be able to play your songs.
Listen to your favorite songs on Apple Music
Apple Music gives you access to a lot of songs, but you might miss out on some of the old classics that you had before. However, using this method you can add them to your Apple Music library.
There’s no way to sync them across your iCloud devices, so you can’t expect them to be available on your other devices. Also, if you have old songs on your old iPod, you can transfer them to your iPhone or computer.