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Question: Why can't I drag and drop music from a folder on my PC into my iTunes window?

Why can't I drag and drop music from a folder on my PC into my iTunes window?


I have not found any article that has answered this question. They have come up with things like open the side bar and it will work, or you are using wrong format of music. Now this all happened when I upgraded to iTunes 10 and has not worked since and it worked fine before. Music format is correct, I have even gone as far as copying a file already in iTunes and trying to add it again. As soon as the files enters the frame of iTunes the music files icon the pointer is carrying turns into a circle with a slash through it.

ITunes Ver. is 11.1.5.5 Windows Ver. is Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

Files I have tried adding are standard MP3, 256 kbps purchased AAC Audio file, MP3 converted by iTunes into a 256 or 320 kbps AAC Audio file. None can be draged and droped but all can added by going to File/Add File to Library... or File/Add Folder to Library...


Add items from your computer to your iTunes library

Do either of the following:

  • 1. Drag a file or folder from the desktop to the iTunes window.If you add a folder, all the files it contains are added to your library.
  • 2. In iTunes, choose File > Add to Library, locate a file or folder, and click Open.



I can add files and folders by doing number 2 above but can not doing number 1



I have gone as far as uninstalling iTunes and reinstalling per apple procedures below.


Steps

1. Remove iTunes and its related components from the Control Panel

Use the Control Panel to uninstall iTunes and related software components in the following order and restart your computer:

  1. iTunes
  2. Apple Software Update
  3. Apple Mobile Device Support
  4. Bonjour
  5. Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)

Important: Uninstalling these components in a different order or only uninstalling some of these components may have unintended effects.

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Jun 21, 2014 12:03 PM in response to edkrajr In response to edkrajr

I had this problem on Windows 8.1.1 and iTunes 11.2.2.3


To resolve it from within Itunes I did : Edit, Preferences, Sharing.


I took the tick out of "Share my library on my local network"


Click OK.


Closed iTunes/


Reopened iTunes and I can drag and drop.


I went back into Edit, Preferences, Sharing and put the tick back and clicked OK.


Works fine now.

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Jun 21, 2014 12:03 PM in response to edkrajr In response to edkrajr

I had this problem on Windows 8.1.1 and iTunes 11.2.2.3


To resolve it from within Itunes I did : Edit, Preferences, Sharing.


I took the tick out of "Share my library on my local network"


Click OK.


Closed iTunes/


Reopened iTunes and I can drag and drop.


I went back into Edit, Preferences, Sharing and put the tick back and clicked OK.


Works fine now.

Jun 21, 2014 12:03 PM

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Nov 30, 2014 2:39 PM in response to 7ew548DOo In response to 7ew548DOo

Same here.. was able to drag & drop music folders to iTunes and add music to my iPhone 4S.. just updated my 4S from iOS 8.1 to 8.1.1 (no changes to iTunes) and now it's stopped working. I did get a message before it stopped working, something about duplicate files (???)

Nov 30, 2014 2:39 PM

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Nov 30, 2014 2:40 PM in response to Dan_Ne In response to Dan_Ne

Dan_Ne wrote:


I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM.
Maybe these can help. At least it helped me.

connect device to iTunes.

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go to summary tab

scroll down to options

and tick mark "Manually Manage Music and Videos"

click "Apply" on the bottom.

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TRY NOW.

Hey, this worked!! THANKS!!!! :-D

Nov 30, 2014 2:40 PM

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Apr 17, 2015 5:39 AM in response to edkrajr In response to edkrajr

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To drag and drop music to iTunes 12.1.2.27 you must do the following:

1.Connect you device to iTunes.

2.Select MusicTab from iTunes

3.Drag and drop your songs there;

4.Select all your songs (CTRL+A for Windows users)

5.Right click on the songs and select Add to Playlist -> Your device name

Apr 17, 2015 5:39 AM

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Apr 19, 2015 6:11 AM in response to icedoverfire In response to icedoverfire

Then try the orher method.

1.Connect your device to computer,

2.open iTunes,

3.go to Music tab from the upper left corner,

4.then drag and drop songs there,

5.select the songs from that list that you want to add to your device, then right click on them, select Add to playlist->Your device name

Apr 19, 2015 6:11 AM

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