Originally posted by StaggerLeeMy girlfriend recently purchased an I pod and asked me to put some of my music collection onto it.
Here's my question, is there a way to import songs that I already have in my Windows Media Player to the I-tunes/I pod, or do I have to go through and put all the discs back in manually?
Thanks in advance!
I just got an iPod myself (listening to it right now in fact) and it is pretty sweet.
Anyway, you should be able to add any mp3 files (or wma files or whatever) to iTunes by going through the File menu in the library part of iTunes and clicking "Add file to library" or "Add folder to library." From iTunes, it's a simple click and drag to add whatever files in your library to the iPod.
Be careful that you have everything on your PC where you want it, because I added everything right now in the midst of reorganizing my PC and had to spend a few hours removing old file locations.
I hope this answers your questions and helps.
Does anyone out there have any iPod/iTunes tricks to share?
EDIT: cubsfan beat me to it, but here's my 2 cents anyway:
If you have WinXP, they should all be in My Documents/My Music. That sounds like the place Windows Media Player would default them to.
If you open up WMP full size, there should be an option where you can see all of your music files in one place outside of WMP's "Media Library" or whatever playlist arrangement you'd normally use, like FILE > OPEN or something.
If that doesnt work, I think iTunes has a "Search for all compatible media" option on it somewhere. I dont have iTunes here at work so I cant tell you exactly where it is, but I'd guess it's probably in the FILE menu at the top.
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When I click on the "import file" option on Itunes, I can get a full listing of my music, but when I click to choose one, it wont transfer the file over, and just shuts down the option box. But, if I click on the properties and cut/paste it into the file name box, it will accept it.
Man, 1648 files will take FOREVER this way, I must be missing something simple to be able to click on, or choose, to move all the files over. I dont see an "all compatable files" option.
Don't Import it that way - use the Add Folder option in iTunes. Then navigate to the folder that your songs are in.
If you can't find your songs, do a search (start menu - search) for files and folders. Put in *.mp3 as the search term. It should show you a ton of files. Just look at where they are and add that folder in iTunes.
Then, if you want to convert completely to iTunes, you can later choose the option to consolidate your music. I don't recommend this option right away, make sure you want to do it.
I finally did it with my collection this weekend after putting it off for years.
Well, I couldnt get it to add from the MY MUSIC folder, for whatever reason it was only showing the ITUNES folder and not my WMP. However, I did figure out an easier way to import one by one, and it didnt take that long to move them over. Also, loading it from LIMEWIRE is probably the easiest way I found how. Too bad a computer crash a month or so ago wiped out about 2000 songs I had saved.
Thanks for the advice guys, it was all very helpful!