How to Import Music From a Flash Drive to iTunes
By Wanda Thibodeaux
Updated September 22, 2017
The iTunes digital media player lets you play and organize the music files on your computer. You can import these files directly into the program from your computer's hard drive as well as from external devices such as a flash drive. This is convenient, for example, when you want to get music into your iTunes library from other computers but can't connect those computers to yours.
Attach a flash drive containing music files to your computer by inserting it into a USB port. If the computer asks what you'd like to do with the drive, simply close the window or select "Take no action."
Open iTunes. If you have a desktop icon, simply double-click it. If you don't, in Windows, use the following path to find and select the iTunes .exe file: From the Start menu, select "Programs" and then "iTunes." You also can go through My Computer, locate the Program Files folder, and find the iTunes .exe file that way.
Under the file menu in the main iTunes window, select "Add file to library" if you wish to import only one file. Select "Add folder to library" if you want to import an entire folder of music files.
A window will pop up when you select "Add file" or "Add folder." Using this window, navigate to your "My Computer" icon and double-click it so you can see all the drives associated with your computer (your flash drive will appear on this list).
Double-click on the flash drive.
Select the file or folder you wish to import and then click on "Open." Your music will be imported into iTunes.
You can select what file format is used when you import your files. For example, you can import as MP3s rather than WAVs if you want to use less storage space, or as WAV rather than MP3 if you intend to make audio CDs later. Select "Preferences" from under the "Edit" menu. In the window that pops up, under the "General" tab, click on "Import Settings" and then select the format you want to use under "Import Using." Click "OK" to apply the settings.
Wanda Thibodeaux is a freelance writer and editor based in Eagan, Minn. She has been published in both print and Web publications and has written on everything from fly fishing to parenting. She currently works through her business website, Takingdictation.com, which functions globally and welcomes new clients.