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How to Add Your Own Music to Apple Music

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Missing your favorite songs on Apple Music? You’ll need to use your secret Apple Music cloud storage to store your own music collection. Here’s how.

Apple’s music streaming service includes access to millions of songs. However, some songs or entire albums in your local collection may not be available on the service.

For example, there might be demos, live recordings, or rare recordings from indie bands that aren’t available to stream on the service. Maybe you have your own home recordings that you want to have available through the service. That’s where the option to add your own music to Apple Music can come in handy.

If you want to add your own music to Apple Music, follow our steps below.

How to Add Your Own Music to Apple Music on Windows

If you’re a Windows user, you can use the iTunes app to add your own music files to your Apple Music collection. With an Apple Music subscription, you can store up to 100,000 music files without using your iCloud storage capacity.

You’ll need to download and install iTunes first before you proceed. Once you’ve installed iTunes, you can add your music to Apple Music using these steps:

  1. Launch iTunes and select File > Add Folder to Library for a complete album or Add File to Library for an individual song. file settings
  2. Browse to the location of your music and add it to iTunes.add music folder to iTunes
  3. iTunes will add the music to your Library.add your own music to apple music
  4. Next, you can add your music to a playlist or keep it in the library. Either way, click File > Library > Update iCloud Music Library once you add music files. Your music will sync and be available among other devices with iTunes or Apple Music – including the Apple Music website.update music library

How to Add Your Own Music to Apple Music on Mac

Mac users (running macOS Catalina and later) can use the Music app to add their own music files to Apple Music. You’ll have the ability to store up to 100,000 songs to your cloud collection without using your iCloud storage.

If you want to add your own music using the Music app:

  1. Launch the Music app from your Mac’s Launchpad or the Dock.
  2. From the menu bar, press File Import.
    Option to import music in the Music app on Mac
  3. In the Finder pop-up, locate the music files (or folder containing music files) that you want to add to your Apple Music collection.
  4. Press Open to add the files.
    Selecting a song to upload to an Apple Music collection
  5. Once you’ve added your music files, press FileUpdate Cloud Library to add the files to your Apple Music cloud collection.
    Updating the Apple Music cloud collection in the Mac Music app

How to Access Your Apple Music Files on Mobile Devices

Once you’ve added your music to your Apple Music cloud storage, you’ll be able to access it from your phone or tablet using the Apple Music app.

To do this on an Android, iPhone, or iPad device:

  1. Launch the Apple Music app or open the Apple Music website in a browser.
  2. Tap or click on Library and select Artists (or Playlists if you created one).library add your own music to apple music
  3. Tap on the band or artist you added and synced. You may need to close the app if it’s open and restart it to see your added music.band add your own music to apple music
  4. Tap on the album or song you want to hear and enjoy the music.listen to song

Using Apple’s Music Service

Music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have millions of songs available, but they don’t include everything. Especially those rare tracks that you’ve collected that only exist on vinyl. Adding those types of tracks can take a bit of time, but the result is worth it.

In addition to adding your own music, there are several other important features to know about. For example, you can make an Apple Music song your iPhone alarm or connect Shazam to Apple Music. You might also want to check out the best Siri shortcuts for Apple Music.

If you’re not on Apple Music, it’s worth noting you can add your own music files to Spotify too.

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  1. Rich S

    Enjoyed the article and would like to print it. I am on an iPad and have printer on network

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