How Do I Download Songs Onto iTunes?

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Apple's iTunes is a media management program that allows users to organize and play their music or other media files. ITunes users also use the program to synchronize their music and video files with portable devices such as the iPod and iPad. Integrated into iTunes is a purchase-and-download service known as the iTunes Store, which lets users buy music, video and other media from a trusted source and download it onto their computer for use in iTunes and synchronization onto portable devices.

  • Launch iTunes. From the "Store" menu, select the "Sign In..." option and sign in to your iTunes Store account using your Apple ID.

  • Click the "iTunes Store" icon to load the iTunes Store. The iTunes Store will load in the right-side window of iTunes.

  • Search the store and locate a song you want to download. A description page will load when you click on the song; click "Get Song" or "Buy Song" to add the song to your iTunes account. If the song is not a free listing, you will have to purchase it.

  • Check the status of your download by clicking the "Downloads" icon in iTunes. The downloading process will begin automatically once you have purchased or selected the song. Once the download is complete the song will be added to your iTunes library and can be played on your computer or synced with an iPod or other device.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one from within iTunes.
  • Select the "Create Account..." option from the iTunes "Store" menu, then fill out the online form to create a new Apple ID.
  • Music purchased from an iPod or other iTunes Store-compatible device can be downloaded into iTunes as well. Cancel the download on the device, then log in to iTunes and click "Check for Available Downloads." The music will begin downloading onto your computer.
  • Full albums can be purchased in the iTunes store in addition to individual songs.

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