Difference between add to library and Import

Discussion in 'iPod' started by brainwave89, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. brainwave89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
    What is the difference between the add to library and Import options under File in iTunes?

  2. fistful macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    I think Import would be used to add an entire music library from a previous system preserving playcounts, playlists and such. Add to Library would be used to add new music to your library.
  3. brainwave89 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2006
  4. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    I've wondered the same thing! I do know, though, that you can "import" one song/item at a time, though, so it is not limited to an entire library. It may well be the preserving playcount thing, though. I usually use the "add to library" when I have something new to add and it seems to work fine. When I have used "import" in the past, sometimes items would get "lost" later on and I would have to "find" them to relink them to the item shown in the iTunes library in the app.

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