How to put songs from Media Player to iTunes

By | April 3, 2021

Import songs to iTunes


Open the iTunes application on your computer.


Click the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Preferences’ and click the ‘Advanced’ tab. If the ‘Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library’ option is selected, iTunes will actually copy all imported songs to its own folder without deleting your original files. This setting is recommended as it makes it easier to move and manage your library. If you prefer iTunes to just read your existing files without copying them, deselect this option and click ‘OK’.


Click the ‘File’ menu again, and select ‘Add Folder to Library’. (See Reference 1) In the dialog that appears, browse to the folder where your Windows Media songs are stored (usually the ‘My Music’ folder) and open it.


Select the folder you want to import to iTunes and click ‘OK’. To have multiple folders, press and hold the ‘Shift’ button or the ‘Alt’ button while selecting. At this time, iTunes will start importing your songs. Depending on how many folders you select, and if iTunes copies the files, it may take a few minutes. When the process is complete, your songs should appear in the iTunes library on your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • ITunes does not play the Windows Media Audio (WMA) file format. If your music files are in that format, versions of iTunes larger than version 4.5 will prompt you to have them convert these files to the standard format. You can select the format to be used for import (AAC, MP3, WAV or others) in the Settings section. If you are using an earlier version of iTunes (or if you are using a Mac), you cannot import or play these files without first running them through converters.
  • When adding songs to your iTunes library, do not select the ‘My Music’ folder as you are just importing all your songs that way. The iTunes program stores its files in ‘My Music’ on Windows computers, so it can duplicate all the songs you already have in iTunes Although it takes a little longer, it is much better to open ‘My Music’ and hand-pick the folders inside it . (If you do not currently have any music in iTunes, select ‘My Music’.)
  • Do you have songs in Windows Media Player that you want to move to iTunes? The process is actually quite easy, using the iTunes’ ‘Add to Library’ command – and you do not even have to move any music files, if you do not want to.