How do I Add Songs to iTunes from my Computer?

Add missing music to your iTunes library

Follow the steps below to find and add missing tracks to iTunes:

  1. Download and install Tune Sweeper
  2. Double-click the Tune Sweeper icon to launch the program
  3. On the welcome screen, click "Not In iTunes"
  4. All of the tracks which are on your computer hard drive, but missing from your iTunes will be displayed.
  5. Click "Add All Tracks to iTunes"

Tune Sweeper is available as a free trial for Windows or Mac.

macOS Catalina
and higher

Tune Sweeper also works with the new Apple Music app.

For more detail on these steps, please read on below...

Add tracks to your iTunes library

Tune Sweeper is able to scan your local hard drive and detect any tracks which are not currently in your iTunes library. It will then be able to add the detected tracks into your iTunes library for you.

To see which tracks that are on your local hard drive but not in your iTunes library, select the 'Not in iTunes' tab at the top of Tune Sweeper. Tune Sweeper will automatically perform the scan for you once the tab is selected.

Tune Sweeper Not in iTunes tab

Once Tune Sweeper has scanned your local hard drive, it will display all of the tracks not in iTunes in a single list.

How do I Add Songs to iTunes from my Computer?

Previewing Tracks

You can preview each track before deciding whether or not to add them into iTunes. Simply select the track you want to hear by clicking on it and then click the 'Preview' button.

Preview tracks to add to iTunes

Alternatively, double click on the track in the list to start the preview. The track will stop playing if you change the track selection in the list, if you click the 'Preview' button again or if the track finishes playing.

Adding Tracks to iTunes

You can add all of the listed tracks to iTunes by selecting the 'Add All Tracks to iTunes' button in the top right corner above where the tracks are listed.

Alternatively you can select individual tracks to add to iTunes and select the 'Add Selected Tracks to iTunes' button located directly below the 'Add All Tracks to iTunes' button.

A grey tick will appear next to all of the tracks which were successfully added to iTunes.

Tune Sweeper successfully adding tracks to iTunes

Finding tracks stored on an External or Network drive (Windows only)

Folders on an external or network drive may not be indexed by Windows. This means that Windows will not include them in a search for your missing tracks.

In order to find tracks in folder on an external or network drive, you'll need to add them in Tune Sweeper. To do this, in Tune Sweeper, please go to View > Preferences > Not in iTunes.

Here you can click Add Folder and choose the folders you want Tune Sweeper to search for your tracks which are not currently in iTunes. Once you are happy with the folders you have added, you can close the Preferences window and try the "Not in iTunes" search again.

Search folders on external and network drives in Tune Sweeper