How to Add Songs to Zune

By Joshua Mcgee

Updated February 09, 2017

Add music to Zune in a few easy steps.

The Zune is Microsoft's portable audio device that is designed to compete with Apple's iPod. The Zune can play music, videos, images, podcasts and games. The Zune software makes uploading these types of media simple. With this program, you can set the Zune to automatically sync with your music library.

Plug your Zune into your computer with the Zune's USB cable. Open the Zune software if it does not open automatically. Next, you'll need to locate your Zune music collection to add to your device.

Edit the "Collection" settings to automatically upload songs to the Collection. Click on "Settings." Make sure the "Software" tab is selected. Then, click on the Music "Add Folder" button. Select the location where the music is stored that you want to automatically update to your collection.

Select how Zune syncs with your collection. Click on the "Device" tab. In the "Sync Options" menu, make sure that the "Manual sync" check box is deselected. To automatically upload all of the music files in your collection, select "All music" under "Smart sync." To add individual songs, select "Music I choose" under smart sync. Click "OK."

To add songs manually, navigate to the Zune music that you want to add. The songs are organized by artists, genres, albums or songs. Click on the song and drag it to the Zune icon in the lower left-hand corner. The Zune will automatically begin syncing this song. Note: You can select multiple songs by holding down the "Control" key.

To sync songs with the "Smart sync" options selected, make sure that the songs that you want uploaded are in the correct folder. Then, click on the Zune icon to add music to the Zune device. This will open a new window that shows you the syncing status including how many items were added, updated or deleted. Click on the "Start Sync" button that is located under the Zune image to upload the songs. Once the songs are uploaded, you now know how to add songs to Zune.