How to Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iTunes with Ease

If you are confused about transferring music from external hard drive to iTunes, you can take 5 minutes to get 2 alternative methods in this guide to help you out.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 13, 2020

iTunes can be our good helper in managing and listening to music on computer. You may like to add some non-purchased music to iTunes from external hard drive. In this way, you can listen to your own music on the computer and also sync songs to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Here in this guide, we will show you two solutions for you to choose from. Let’s begin.

Also Read: How to Backup iTunes Library to External Hard Drive >

Part 1. Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iTunes Directly

iTunes supports users to directly add music from external hard drive. But one thing needs to be mentioned is that you can only transfer iTunes-supported music format, such as MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, M4R, AIF, AIFF and M4B. Here are the detailed steps of how to transfer music from a flash drive t your iTunes.

Step 1: Open iTunes > Plug in your external hard drive.

Step 2: Click on File menu in iTunes > Choose Add to Library.

Step 3: Select your external hard drive > Choose the music or music folder > Click on Open.

Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iTunes Directly

Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iTunes Directly

If you cannot find Add to Library option, you can go to Preferences > Advanced > Select Keep iTunes Media Folder organized and Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library > Click on OK to enable it.

Part 2. Transfer Music to iTunes with AnyTrans

Users who are familiar with iTunes would known that this tool is pretty tricky. All kinds of iTunes errors happened with no sign, and you don’t know whether the transferring is success or not because iTunes will send no notice. So if you don’t like iTunes and want to try other tools that can help you with ease.

Here we recommend AnyTrans to you, which can help you put music from external hard drive into iTunes. Besides, you can export music or other files to iPhone/iPad/iPod. Also, it supports you import music from iDevices/iTunes to external hard drive to save the music you like. Let’s check other features that AnyTrans can do for you:

AnyTrans – Music Transfer

  • Transfer external hard drive music to iTunes with no quality/data loss.
  • Support downloading music from media sites to external hard drive.
  • Support managing other content like ringtones, photos, messages, etc.
  • Support all iPhone models and both Windows and Mac.

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Step 1: Launch AnyTrans > Plug in your external hard drive to the computer > Click Device Manager and choose Music tab on the homepage.

Tap on Device Manager and Choose Music Tab

Tap on Device Manager and Choose Music Tab

Step 2: Click on “+” button > Select Import from Computer > Choose the songs you want to transfer from external hard drive > Click on Open.

Click Add and Import Music from External Hard Drive on Computer

Click Add and Import Music from External Hard Drive on Computer

Step 3: Select the songs that have been transferred from external hard drive > Click on Send to iTunes.

Choose the Music and Transfer to iTunes

Choose the Music and Transfer to iTunes

Step 4. When syncing finished, click view files, or iTunes will pop-up automatically. Then you can view and play the music from external hard drive on iTunes.

View and Play the Transferred Music on iTunes

View and Play the Transferred Music on iTunes

You can delete the songs by clicking the Delete button if you do not like the songs stored on your device after the transfer.

The Bottom Line

Hope this guide can help you transfer music from external hard drive to iTunes successfully. If you are interested in AnyTrans, just have a free trial and explore more!

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Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.