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How to Add Songs to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion

There are a number of ways to add media to iTunes in Mac OS X Lion, depending upon the type of media and where the files reside. For example, in OS X Lion you can add song files you’ve downloaded from websites, received as enclosures in e-mail messages, or by ripping audio CDs.

You can add songs from pretty much any source, and the way you add a song to iTunes depends on where that song comes from. Here are the most common ways people add their songs:

  • Add a song file such as an MP3 or AAC file from your hard drive. Either drag the document into the iTunes window or choose File→Add to Library (shortcut: Command+O) and choose the file in the Open File dialog.

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  • Add songs from a store-bought or homemade audio CD. Launch iTunes and insert the CD. A dialog appears, asking whether you would like to import the CD into your iTunes library. Click the Yes button, and the songs on that CD are added to your iTunes Music library. If you don’t see a dialog when you insert an audio CD, you can import the songs on that CD anyway. Just select the CD in the Source List on the left, and click the Import button near the bottom-right corner of the iTunes window.

  • Buy your songs from the iTunes Store. Click the iTunes Store option in the Source List on the left. From the iTunes Store’s home screen, you can either click a link or type a song title, album title, artist name, keyword, or phrase in the Search field and then press Return or Enter to start the search. When you’ve found an item that interests you, you can double-click any song to listen to a 30-second preview of it or click the Buy Song or Buy Album button to purchase the song or album.

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  • Buy your songs from other online vendors such as Amazon. Amazon has a huge downloadable music store on the Web.

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