How to Add Songs to the Spotify Music Player

Configure Spotify to play all the music on your computer

When you install the Spotify desktop app it automatically searches for locally stored music on your hard drive. The program scans your hard drive for music that is also on Spotify's music cloud. The music that Spotify links to your account becomes shareable with others via social networking tools.

However, if you have a collection of MP3s spread across several folders on your hard drive or on external storage, Spotify will not see them. You need tell Spotify where to look if you want to include your full music collection to be featured in the desktop Spotify app.

Built into the Spotify application is an option to add specific folders on your PC or Mac to the list of sources that the program automatically monitors. After you add all these locations to Spotify on your Mac or PC, you can play your entire collection using the Spotify player.

Spotify Music Service running on multiple platforms.

Tell Spotify Where Your Music Is Located

Not all audio formats are supported by Spotify, which uses the Ogg Vorbis format, but you can add files that are in the following formats:

Add Locations

To start adding locations for Spotify to search, log into your Spotify account via the desktop application and follow these steps:

  1. For Windows computers, select Edit > Preferences from the menu bar.

    For Macs, open iTunes > Preferences > Advanced. Select Spotify and then select Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.)

    With macOS Catalina (10.15), Apple removed support for automatically syncing playlists with third-party apps using the XML format.

  2. Locate the section called Local Files.

  3. Select Add Source.

  4. Navigate to the folder containing your music files. To add the folder to Spotify's local folders list, highlight it and select OK.

You should now see that the location you chose on your hard drive has been added to the Spotify application. To add more, just repeat the process by selecting Add Source. If you want to remove folders that have been added to Spotify's list, uncheck the corresponding item.