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iTunes 11 won't import new music

88796 Views 118 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2013 7:36 PM by ckatie19 RSS
  • Train Rider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 7:53 PM (in response to Randido)

    Thank you Randido...your suggestion worked for me.  Next time I will try enchantingsparks suggestion of just creating the AAC version for the first song to see if the entire album is brought into my library.  By way of review, I bought an album on Amazon, the file with all the songs showed up in iTunes Recently Added, but not in my library.  I checked iTunes Media/Music and the album file with all songs was there, just not showing up in the iTunes library. One funny thing...the Amazon download is MP3 @ 256 bit rate, while the converted AAC version is 320 bit rate. When I burn CDs I use 320 bit, so I guess the conversion reads it as a CD. IDK. Thanks folks for the help!

  • Pinnacle Hiker Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2013 9:32 AM (in response to ascending)

    Thanks Ascending for you tip on breaking the match link to cloud.  I did not sign up for the match (streaming) service so I could not figure out what the **** was happening.  I just wish we did not have to "jailbreak" out of iTunes cloud now to use playlist and on computer storage. 


    It seems we are missing the big picture here of why iTunes 11 is such a pain at importing CDs and old music to new playlists.  Apple is moving everything to the cloud. The intent is the live steaming of copywrited music as opposed to storing it on your computer.  This is the reason Apple needs to match your playlist to what they have in a legal copywright database with the music companies. If old playlists and old CDs do not match their music database they are held up in the match cue somtimes randomly appearing over time on your desktop as they complete review by the big computer in the cloud.  


    It is not conspiracy or bad software, but Apple's misguided and badlly implemented intention to stream music mainly for their and the music companies pocket books--most of us can easiily afford the extra terrabyte of HD storage so that is no excuse.  Those of us with old CDs, odd playlists or as an artist make their own music will suffer. Even then this is still the worst implementaion of a "consumer' cloud product since MobileMe.


    Apple used to be the company of artists, educators, and people that think diffferently. Forget the think differently part. If it does not fit the peg of the typical, young, mainstream popculture music consumer where the money is, you will be frustrated.  Welcome to Apple the new Microsoft of the music industry. Steve Jobs, may his soul rest in peace.  Your company has lost its way.


    Am I right here?

  • andrewfawcett Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 10:23 AM (in response to Pinnacle Hiker)

    Thanks PH : Sadly i have to say i agree with you. It often feels that as a loyal music fan who has almost religiously sought always to pay towards the artists whose work i enjoy (both live and recorded) in the most direct manner possible it is still the case the the middle men are bleeding the industry dry. I expect more of Apple - they do still provide the best user experience out there, but the business model is becoming too insidious for my liking.

  • KingRa7en Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to Nunya)

    Same problem, I deleted my 'Recently Added' playlist but I know it shows up in search results (though clicking on it there does nothing.)  It happened after I converted some files, they wouldn't import after.

  • KingRa7en Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 12:30 PM (in response to KingRa7en)

    Reinstalled iTunes, no change

  • KingRa7en Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 12:42 PM (in response to KingRa7en)

    Last post: Log out, and back into iTunes Store.  This fixed it for me

  • DR105 Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2013 9:36 PM (in response to KingRa7en)

    Worked for me!

  • she073 Calculating status...
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    Feb 8, 2013 10:59 PM (in response to Nunya)

    hey apple tech people - why isn't this bug fixed??? such a basic feature not working... and really super annoying

  • LexxAvoman Calculating status...
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    Feb 11, 2013 7:24 AM (in response to Nunya)

    Its incredibly frustrating. But here's what I managed to get right. Create a new playlist, dont just use an existing one. Call it "new songs" or something. Drag files from desktop or folder into that playlist. If its imported from a cd use the "create mp3" option and then it appears in your song list. Really pathetic to have to do this though....

  • fccino Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to mdjasrie)

    Ok, so I am having all the same issues.  iTunes proccesses and adds but not really, then just sits and spins.  After looking at all these threads, I found if you turn off everything EXTRA (Genius, Add to Media Library, iTunes Match) then my songs finally appeared.  Hope this helps.

  • wportre Calculating status...
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:22 AM (in response to fccino)

    Make sure the files you are adding are not hidden (Which they will be if off an iPod). Drove me nuts till I finally set the file attribute to unhidden (Win8).

  • Monkeyfish Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2013 6:05 AM (in response to Nunya)

    I had the same problem, my song would only show up in recently added playlist, i got it onto my music library by right clicking the song in recently added and selecting 'Show In Playlist' and then 'Music'. It then worked for me. Hope this helps

  • Danessnissmonster Calculating status...
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    Feb 26, 2013 7:35 AM (in response to Nunya)

    I was having a similar problem with importing mp3's that I downloaded. I turned off all the programmes linking me to Apple, such as genius, match and cloud... Itunes then allowed me to import the Mp3 files I downloaded. I haven't turned genius or anything back on to see if the files stay... but why would I want to if I have to turn them off again to add to my library




    @#$% Apple

  • aujonyeo Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2013 3:26 PM (in response to Nunya)

    4 months since this problem first turned up. I tried all the current suggestions. Nothing worked. Apple, where are you?

  • LucaFrings Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2013 9:01 AM (in response to Nunya)

    Hello there, I have found a way to import MP3 files to iTunes. iTunes won't accept MP3 getting dragged in anymore, but what you have to do is to change the extension of your music file from MP3 to M4A, than you can drag it to iTunes and everything will be fine. I explain this, and also show an easy way to download videos from YouTube with the help of a Safari Extension on my YouTube video here: I hope this helped some people.

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