Synchronizing music with iTunes

June 03, 2016

There isn’t much you can do with your iOS device without iTunes, and you should learn your way around it if you want to get the most out of your device. First, you will need to download it if you’re running a Windows PC, Macs have the app preinstalled. The program is available at the Apple website and the latest version is about 170MB. Once you have it downloaded and installed, here’s what it does:

Adding music files to the iTunes library

Any music on your computer needs to go through iTunes if you would like to copy it to your iOS device.

You will need to add your music files to the iTunes library, and the option is usually available immediately after installing the application. The process usually takes a long time because iTunes scans your entire PC for media files, so you can choose to skip the process and add the files manually later. To do so, click on the menu option at the top-left corner and select ‘Add files’, it’s even easier if you press Alt first, clicking on ‘File’ at the top-left and selecting ‘Add Folder’.

Enhancing your music files with Genius

Just by doing that, you’re ready to synchronize your music to the iOS device, but other features can improve your music experience. Genius is a feature that analyses your music library and automatically creates playlists. Besides, you can use it to quickly generate short playlists based on a single song. To turn on Genius, do the following:

  1. Log in to your Apple ID by clicking on the button at the top next to the Search box
  2. Click on the menu icon at the top-left corner
  3. Go to ‘iTunes library’ and a new menu will appear
  4. Select ‘Turn on Genius’
  5. This will lead to several prompts to agree to Apple conditions, after which the process will begin

iTunes will send data about your music files to their servers and receive feedback about their grouping, creating playlists. The process will take time if you have a lot of music, if so, choose a time when you’re not in a hurry. Besides, you can always synchronize Genius data to your iOS device later.

Adding music to your iOS device

  1. Just plug in your device through the USB port and open the iTunes application
  2. Around the top, your device is going to show up with the name you have given it
  3. Several tabs will be visible on the left, select the ‘Music’ tab
  4. By default, iTunes will synchronize your entire library, but often this is not you want, to choose what music to send, select the ‘Sync selected…’ checkmark
  5. This will lead to the creation of several new windows, from which you can select the specific Albums, Artists, Genres or Playlists you want
  6. When you’re done selecting, click on the ‘Sync’ button at the bottom-right and wait for the process to complete.
  7. When it’s done, you can just unplug your device, but I prefer to eject the device using the ‘Eject’ button beside your iOS device name on the tabs at the left column.

That’s it, you can now begin listening to your music!

PS: If connected to the internet, your iOS device will also update artist pictures, so it’s better to ensure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network to save on extra data charges.

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