How To Install iTunes on a Mac

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These days, every Mac comes with iTunes pre-installed. Apple does this because iTunes is so important to using the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as for managing your music library and accessing Apple Music on the desktop.

Because iTunes is pre-installed, you normally don't have to think about the process for 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. If you're in that situation, this article will show you how to find and install iTunes on a Mac, and then what initial steps you should take after the installation is complete.

How to Install iTunes on a Mac

  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 for the Mac.
  2. Click the Download Now button to begin downloading iTunes.
  3. The iTunes installer program downloads to your default download location. On most recent Macs, this is 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. This begins the installation process.
  5. Click through a number of introductory and terms and conditions screens. Agree to the terms and conditions when they're presented. 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. This is the username and password you created when you set up your computer, not your iTunes account (if you have one). Enter them and click OK. Your computer now begins to install iTunes.
  1. A progress bar appears on screen 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.
  2. The macOS asks if you want to move the iTunes installer to the trash. Click Move to Trash.
  3. 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, there are a few things you may want to do:

  • Sign into your Apple ID. If you've already got an Apple ID, sign into 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. Learn how to create an Apple ID here.
  • 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. Learn how to snc an iPhone with iTunes here.
  • Rip CDs. If you have a lot of music on CDs, you may want to add them to your iTunes music library. To learn how to do that, read How to Copy CD to iPod & iTunes.