Importing multiple tracks into iTunes
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I want to import some music from an external hard drive into my iTunes library. I have been able to import songs one at a time. Is there a way to import multiple songs at once? Also, how about importing an album? Also, I cannot get my first-generation iPod nano to turn on. I have tried to reset it with no luck. It wasn’t used for an extended period of time. I do not want to restore it until I have my library updated. Could my problem be that the battery fully discharged? Will my music be lost?
A: In answer to your first question, there have been a number of bugs through various versions of iTunes on Windows with regards to the “Add File To Library” menu option—some versions would allow any number of files to be selected, others only allow a single file at a time, while still other versions have some other limit in between.
In reality, however, the simplest way to add content to iTunes is to actually not even bother with the menu options. Instead, simply open a Windows Explorer window alongside your iTunes window, select whichever files you want to add, and then drag and drop them straight into the iTunes window using the mouse. Provided the files are in a format compatible with iTunes, it will import all of the selected files based on your current preferences (specifically, the files will be copied into the iTunes Music Folder or referenced from their original location, depending on the setting of the “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library” option in your iTunes preferences).
With regard to your second question, it is very likely that if you have not used your iPod for an extended period of time that the battery has been depleted. Even though the device has been off, some small amount of power is still used, and the lithium ion batteries themselves will normally lose voltage over time even from doing nothing.
In this situation, connecting the iPod to a power source, such as an external charger or your computer’s USB port should bring it back to life and begin charging it. Note, however, that in the case of a completely depleted battery, it may sometimes take up to 10 minutes after you plug the iPod in before you actually see it come to life.
Note that completely draining the battery on an iPod does not result in the loss of any of the actual media content on the device. At the most, on some models the actual user preferences (ie, the options found under “Settings” on the iPod menu) may be reset after the battery is completely drained, but the actual music and other media content is stored on non-volatile flash memory or on a hard drive, which do not require power to retain their content.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Report: Apple developing Siri home speaker to rival Amazon’s Echo; will release Siri SDK at WWDC
- Apple’s plan to open stores in India hits a snag
- iOS Spotlight search now offers relevant results for some emoji
- Cook discusses ambitious plan to beef up Apple Watch’s health monitoring
- New leak shows dual camera exclusive to ‘iPhone 7 Plus,’ but no Smart Connector
- Apple releases first developer betas for iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2
- More iPhone 7 leaks surface, protruding camera seen
- Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7” iPad Pro due to ‘bricking’ issues
- Report: CarPlay coming to BMW vehicles later this year
- Report: One iPhone model to use a glass casing next year
- OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid Case for 12.9” iPad Pro
- Logitech Logi BASE Charging Stand for iPad Pro
- Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch
- August Doorbell Cam
- August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart Keypad
- ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi thermostat
- Zagg Now Cam
- Yantouch EyE Portable Wireless Speaker
- Netatmo Wind Gauge
- Incipio Stashback for iPhone 6/6s
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)