How to Import Songs From a CD to ITunes

By Cornelius Fortune

Updated September 22, 2017

If you have a CD collection you’d like to access in iTunes, importing your discs can free up shelf space and expand your iTunes library. Open iTunes, then insert the disc into your computer's CD or DVD drive. A dialog box appears asking if you want to import the CD. Select “Yes” if you want to import the entire disc or “No” to select specific songs. After you’ve made your selection, click “Import CD.” When the import is complete, you’ll hear an alert. Click the “Eject” button to release the disc. You can also stop the importing process by clicking “Stop Importing.”

CD Importing Tips

ITunes uses a service called the Gracenote media database to automatically display disc information such as artist and track name. If you have poor Internet connectivity, or happen to be offline while importing a CD, the track names and artist info will not be available. Rather, iTunes will name the tracks “Track 01,” “Track 02” and so on. You can still import and look up the song information later. In some cases you might have to manually enter the track name by hovering your mouse over the track listing and adding the info. Additionally, you can drag tracks directly into your iTunes library either by dragging the disc icon or a folder.

The Digital Advantage

It’s not uncommon that a CD might become damaged over time. While it may have difficulty playing in your car, or home system, you might be able to salvage your music audio by using the Error Correction feature in iTunes. The Error Correction feature can prevent popping or clicking noises that are native to the disc from being transferred to the imported track. To turn it on using a Mac, click iTunes, then preferences. In the General pane, click “Use error correction when reading Audio CDs.” You can then insert your CD. For Windows users, click “Choose Edit,” then “Preferences.” From here, the steps are the same as with a Mac.