How to Add Music to Apple Music [A Practical Guide]

Apple Music has provided millions of songs for people to enjoy with the best quality online. However, it won’t detect your local audios, such as the recordings, demos, or music resources saved from other platforms, so that you still have to play them separately. As a result, some people would wonder if there is a way can help them add their own music to Apple Music, so they can enjoy all the songs together within the app. 

To help these users in need, the article will provide detailed tutorials teaching you how to add your own music to Apple Music for playback. You can have a look and follow to operate now.

How to Add Your Own Music to Apple Music on Different Devices

For convenience, Apple does offer the function to let people add local music or video files to Apple Music to play within the Music app on different devices. Now, just based on the device system you are using (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS), skip to the right part and follow the guide to add your own music into Apple Music directly.

Import Music to Apple Music on Windows

Step 1. For Windows users, you need to open the iTunes app first.

Step 2. Then click the “File” option from the menu bar, and select “Add File to Library…” or “Add Folder to Library…” to import the local music files to your iTunes Library. You can also drag the files or folder to the interface for directly importing conveniently.

Step 3. When the local files are added to iTunes Library, you should update the resources now. Just go to “File” again and select “Library”. After clicking the “Update iCloud Music Library”, your uploaded local music files will be saved to iCloud, and you can access them on any devices connected with the iCloud too.

iTunes Update iCloud Music Library

Put Local Music to Apple Music on Mac

Step 1. Open Music app on your Mac computer. Then choose “File” on the top screen bar and select the “Import” option.

Step 2. Then you will need to select the music files or folders on your Mac for importing to Music app.

Step 3. When the local music files are added, just go to “File” and select “Update Cloud Library” this time. Then your local music files will be added to Apple Music’s cloud collection to access on all devices with the iCloud account signed in.

Mac Update Cloud Library

Add Music Files to Apple Music on Mobile Devices

If you want to add your own local Apple Music to mobile devices. Before that, you also have to import the local files to iTunes or Music app on Windows/Mac, then sync them with your mobile phone to get them on the device.

Step 1. After following the above methods to add local music files to iTunes or Music on Windows/Mac, connect your mobile phone with the computer.

Step 2. Go to “Preferences” then “General” in iTunes or Music, you will need to select the “Sync Library” option there.

Step 3. Click “Apply” now. Then open “Settings” on your mobile and also turn on the “Sync Library” option, the added local files will show up for playback on your mobile in Apple Music offline.

Show Apple Music

How to Back Up Your Apple Music Library After Adding Music?

When you have added your local music files to Apple Music, now you are able to process the backup to make sure that your music contents will not lose because of some sudden errors. As in Part 1, we have introduced the ways to add your own music to iTunes. Here will mainly show you the way to back them up using iTunes as well.

Step 1. Open iTunes or Music and go to “File”. When you select “Library”, click the “Organize Library” option from the menu.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, you need to check the “Consolidate files” option, which is provided to save both the copies and original media files at the same time.

Step 3. Click “OK”, then all the media files imported to your iTunes or Music Library will be backed up successfully now.

iTunes Back up Music Files


  1. For those who have selected the “Sync iCloud Library” option in the former step to upload music files to iTunes or Music, the media files have actually been backed up to iCloud.
  2. You can also use a hard drive to back up the media files in iTunes or Music app. Just access the folder by going to “[disk]/users/[user]/music/music/” in “Finder”, then you can directly drag the whole folder to the hard drive for backing up completely.
Hard Drive Back up iTunes Media

Bonus Tip: How to Sync Apple Music Library to Other iDevices?

When you have saved all your favorite music to Apple Music, but want to enjoy it on the iDevices without Apple Music streaming service provided, such as iPod Shuffle, you will need to download Apple Music songs to DRM-free files and transfer them to devices using iTunes. To do it, MuConvert Apple Music Converter is the tool you must use.

MuConvert Apple Music Converter helps to remove DRM protection from the protected Apple Music songs, then by converting and downloading them to the common MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC, people can transfer them to iPod devices such as iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, and so on for listening even without Apple Music app installed. MuConvert Apple Music Converter will keep the original quality, so people can still enjoy the same music playback experience offline without any affection.

Key Features:

  • Allow all Apple Music users to download songs offline, including the free accounts and Apple Music members.
  • Offer widely-supported formats such as MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC to download Apple Music offline.
  • Keep original quality and ID3 information of every Apple Music song.
  • Support up to 10X faster speed to download Apple Music quickly.
  • Support batch conversion to save a lot of time for people.

Download Apple Music Songs and Sync to Other Devices

Step 1. Open MuConvert Apple Music Converter and Sign in Web Player

Firstly, you should open MuConvert Apple Music Converter after finishing installing it on your Windows or Mac computer. Then open the built-in Apple Music Web Player and click the “Sign in” button to sign in using your own Apple account.

Log in to Apple Music

Step 2. Select Apple Music to Download Offline

After signing in, you can search for any Apple Music songs or playlists you want to download offline. Just by dragging them to the “+” button, MuConvert Apple Music Converter will begin to analyze the songs and gets ready to process the download for you.

Add Apple Music Songs to Convert

Step 3. Select Parameters to Download Apple Music Songs

Now you can go to “Preferences” and switch to the “Advanced” tab for selecting the “Output Format”, “SampleRate”, and “Bitrate” before downloading the songs from Apple Music.

Advanced Settings on Converter

Step 4. Get Downloaded Apple Music Offline

Finally, click the “Convert All” button and MuConvert's top Apple Music ripper will begin to rip the Apple Music songs offline for you. You can open the output folder by going to “Finished” tab and click the “View Output File” button.

Finished Converting Apple Music

Step 5. Sync Offline Apple Music Library to iDevices

Now, just like mentioned in Part 1, you should import the downloaded Apple Music songs to iTunes or Music app first. Then connect your iDevice with the computer, you can directly sync the whole offline Apple Music library to it for playback of songs without Apple Music app installed at all!

iTunes Sync Apple Music to iPod

In Conclusion

By adding your music files to Apple Music, you can enjoy both your own collections and the original music provided by Apple Music together within only one app conveniently. Just based on your device system, and choose the right method in this article to learn the way to add your own music to Apple Music now!