How to Install iTunes on a Mac

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Every Mac comes with iTunes pre-installed. Apple does this because iTunes is so essential to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as for managing your music library and accessing Apple Music on the desktop.

How to Install iTunes on a Mac

Because iTunes is pre-installed, you usually don't have to think about the process of installing it. But if you've deleted iTunes or need to update to a new version, you may want to download and re-install it.

Here's how to find and install iTunes on a Mac and what initial steps you should take after the installation is complete.

  1. Begin by going to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. This page on Apple's site automatically detects that you're using a Mac and offers you the latest version of iTunes.

    If you aren't running the latest version of macOS, the site will prompt you to upgrade.

  2. Click the Download button to begin downloading iTunes.

    Download button on the iTunes website
  3. Your Mac will download the iTunes installer program to your default download location. On most recent Macs, it'll go to the Downloads folder, but you may have changed it to something else.

  4. When the download is complete, the installer usually pops up in a new window automatically. If this doesn't happen, locate the installer file (called iTunes.dmg, with the version number included; i.e., iTunes12.7.5.dmg) and double-click it to begin the installation process.

  5. Click through a number of introductory and terms and conditions screens. Agree to the terms and conditions. When you get to the window with the Install button, click it.

  6. A window pops up, asking you to enter a username and password. Enter the info and click OK. Your computer now begins to install iTunes.

    This prompt is for the username and password you created when you set up your computer, not your iTunes account (if you have one).

  7. A progress bar appears showing you how much the installation has left to go. In a minute or so, a chime will sound and the window will report that the installation was successful. Click Close to close the installer.

  8. The macOS asks if you want to move the iTunes installer to the trash. Click Move to Trash.

  9. With the installation complete, you're ready to launch iTunes by double-clicking the icon in your dock or in the Applications folder.

What to Do After Installing iTunes on a Mac

Once you've installed iTunes on your Mac, you'll need to set it up. Here are a few things you'll need to do:

  • Sign in to your Apple ID: If you have an Apple ID, sign in to it using the Account menu in iTunes. Doing this will unlock features attached to your Apple ID, such as Apple Music, iTunes Match, and more. If you don't have an Apple ID, you should create one; it's crucial to using most Apple services.
  • Sync your iOS device: You may want to download music, video, or other data from the computer you installed iTunes on to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Rip CDs: If you have a lot of music on CDs, you may want to add them to your iTunes music library.