Importing your files into iTunes and converting them to your desired format can seem like a lot of extra work but it's actually quite painless once you know where to go and what settings to use. This step-by-step guide will help you get your music library organized in no time.
- Open iTunes.
- Choose File > Add Folder to Library. If you do not see the File, Edit or View options, press Ctrl and B together on your keyboard.
- Locate the folder on your computer that contains the music you wish to import into iTunes. For many Windows 10, 8, and 7 users, this will be their Music folder located in their Libraries. There may be several other folders located here, so make sure to choose the correct folder. If you're importing from software such as ION's EZ Vinyl and Tape Converter, the folder will labeled with the artist name as well as the album title.
- Once you select your folder you should now see your newly imported files in your iTunes library.
You'll notice that these files are not in order - in fact they're not organized at all. Let's fix that...
- If you have songs in your iTunes library already, it may be difficult to locate this newly imported group of unlabeled tracks. Let's make things easy by clicking on Playlists and choosing the Recently Added playlist.
- The most recent additions to your library will be shown in this playlist. The easiest way to begin to organize these files is to add an Artist Name and Album Name to them so that iTunes can place them in your library appropriately. Start by clicking on the first file in the list. Hold Shift and click on the last file you wish to include in this album. This will select them all. Right Click on your selected songs and choose Get Info.
- In this window click on Info. Here you can edit the data for all of your selected tracks. For now let's just change the Artist and the Album fields so that you can locate your songs in iTunes easier.
- Once this is done and you've pressed OK, all of your songs will now be organized by artist and album title and will be much easier to find when viewing your library.
- Additionally, if you right click on a single song and choose Get Info you can enter what track number it should be on your album. Once you do that for all of the songs they will show up in order in your library.
- Choose Edit > Preferences.
- In the General Preferences window, click on the Import Settings button.
- The window that this opens allows you to select what format you would like iTunes to convert your files into. For the purposes of this guide we are going to choose MP3 Encoder and Higher Quality (192 kbps).
- Back in your iTunes library select all of the songs that you wish to convert. Once again, this is done by Clicking on the First Song, Holding Shift, and Clicking on the Last Song. Right Click on the selected songs and choose Create MP3 Version.
This will make MP3 copies of your songs.
- During this process, the original files will stay highlighted.
This makes it very easy to delete them and retain only your MP3 versions.
- Hit the Delete key. This will bring up the following warning dialog -
- Click on Delete Songs. This will bring up one more warning -
This is asking you if you'd like to keep the original .wav files or move them to your Recycle Bin so that they may be deleted from your hard drive. Since you now have MP3 versions loaded into your iTunes library it may not be necessary for you to keep the original files as they will take up space on your hard drive.
That's it! You're songs are now converted and neatly organized in your iTunes library.