7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2014 12:38 AM by turingtest2
mightybond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

I just reformat my laptop (OS: Windows 7 pro) and I lost all the songs, albums, and playlist listed on iTunes. I do have all the songs backed up in my external hard drive, now my problem is how can I add songs back to the iTunes by folder? Before in the previous versions of iTunes, it used to have a option to "add folder to library" or something like that. Now there is no option like that, and all I can see now is "add file to library". If I use this method, it will take up so much time to do it.

 

help please

 

thank you!


iTunes (latest version), Windows 7
  • 1.
    sterling r Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,785 points)

    Hello mightybond,

     

    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities

    If the backup in question is an iTunes library, you can use this article to select that library on the external drive and use it from there, or copy the entire iTunes library to your internal hard drive and open that copy.

    iTunes: How to open an alternate iTunes Library file or create a new one

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1589

     

    Then you would need to set the default library location to the one if it is anywhere other than the defult location.

    Where are my iTunes files located?

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1391

     

    If it is not an iTunes library then you can drag the folder into the iTunes window that has all the music in it.

    Adding music and other content to iTunes

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1473

    Also as a side note, you can select the folder that has all the music in it and click open, when you are in the File>Add folder to library prompt.

     

    All the very best,

    Sterling

  • 2. Re: How can I add a whole music folder to my iTunes v11
    Gypsygirl21 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    These solutions above do not work for the new version (11) of itunes. The only option in the drop down menu is "ADD FILE TO LIBRARY", there's no longer an option to add "FOLDER".

     

    How do I add thousands of songs I have on my new laptop to iTunes?

     

    Thanks

  • 3. Re: How can I add a whole music folder to my iTunes v11
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    The main differences between iTunes 11 and earlier versions are the loss of coverflow and ability to have multiple windows open.

     

    In Windows, you can restore much of the look & feel of iTunes 10.7 with these shortcuts:

    • ALT to temporarily display the menu bar
    • CTRL+B to show or hide the menu bar
    • CTRL+S to show or hide the sidebar
    • CTRL+/ to show or hide the status bar (won't hide for me on Win XP)
    • Click the magnifying glass top right and untick Search Entire Library to restore the old search behaviour
    • Use View > Hide <Media Kind> in the cloud or Edit > Preferences > Store and untick Show iTunes in the cloud purchases to hide the cloud items. The second method eliminates the cloud status column (and may let iTunes start up more quickly)
    • If you don't like having different coloured background & text in the Album (Grid) view use Edit > Preferences > General and untick Use custom colours for open albums, movies, etc.
    • With iTunes 11.0.3 and later you can enable artwork in the Songs view from View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) making it more like the old Album List view
    • View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) also contains options to change the sorting of grid based views

     

     

    The two entries in red will give you access to File > Add folder to library.

     

    tt2

  • 4. Re: How can I add a whole music folder to my iTunes v11
    mightybond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks turngtest 2.

     

    The "CTRL+B" shows additional options (or the additional menu bars) to add music folders to my iTunes library.

     

     

    thanks again!

  • 5. Re: How can I add a whole music folder to my iTunes v11
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    You're welcome.

     

    tt2

  • 6. Re: How can I add a whole music folder to my iTunes v11
    iDenden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks alot! This saves me a lot of time

  • 7. Re: How can I add a whole music folder to my iTunes v11
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    You're welcome.

     

    tt2