iTunes 11: Transfer Songs From CD to iPod, iPhone, or iPad

To get a music CD transferred over to your iPod, iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to import it into iTunes first. Here’s how to transfer specific songs or all songs from a CD.

1. Open iTunes and insert the CD that you wish to import into the disc drive.

2. You might get a prompt to import the CD. If you want to import every song on the disc, select Yes and skip to Step 5. If you only want to import specific songs from the CD, click No.

iTunes Prompt to import CD

3. Select the menu on the top-left side of the iTunes window and select the audio CD in the list.

iTunes Video Audio CD

4. Check the items you wish to import to iTunes, then select Import CD.

iTunes Import CD option

5. Select your preferences for the import. You can use the AAC Encoder, MP3 or other. Select OK once you’re done with your selections.

iTunes Import CD settings

6. If your music library already contains tracks from the album you are importing, you will receive a prompt to overwrite them. Choose to Replace Existing or Don’t Replace as desired.

iTunes Prompt to Replace

7. Wait while the music is ripped to your iTunes library.

8. Once the import is complete, attach your Apple device to the computer.

9. You can now drag the album to the right side of the iTunes window where a pane will appear containing the music on your device. Drop it right on your iPod or other device.

iTunes Send Album to Apple Device

10. Eject your iPod when it’s done transferring the songs and enjoy.


  1. Peggy Scherz says

    Successfully transferred about 20 CD’s. But after playing them on a separated player everything was CRAZY. All my CD’s were purchased and the first time I copied all was fine. Then several CD’s (which had been ok before) had an exclamation point in front of the title and would not let me copy them.

  2. Shaun says

    Why is it that some of my cd’s (most of which are as recent as 2009) fail to transfer from itunes to ipod? They’re not torrented, but were purchased legitmately. Why!? I ask Why!?

  3. Maryann says

    Why is it so hard to transfer music from CD to IPod.
    How do we ever expect to create peace when we can’t even
    have it within our American Companies why do people have to to be so greedy!

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