How to Install iTunes on a Mac

Deepak Gupta January 19, 2022
Updated 2022/01/19 at 4:02 AM

The most common is that Macs have iTunes installed as standard. This is because Apple places a lot of importance on its content store for media distribution. A iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without iTune they do not fully exploit all the advantages offered by the technology giant’s devices. iTunes is a necessary and essential tool to manage our music library and to be able to access the Apple Music application on the desktop of our Mac.

Since iTunes almost always comes installed, many people don’t care about the installation process. However, if for some reason it is necessary to install iTunes on a Mac, you may find yourself with some cumbersome details or not knowing how to proceed. But don’t worry, actually it’s a pretty simple process and just follow a few steps

In the following article, we will guide you through the entire process of installing iTunes on your Mac. We have already started.

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What is iTunes

Many users use iTunes on a daily basis, but some are not sure what the meaning of the product they are using is. iTunes is a popular media player and media store owned by Apple. This platform aims to synchronize iPods, iPhones, iPads in order to play, organize and buy multimedia content.

iTunes has been available to the public since January 2001, and downloading content has been included in the Windows 10 operating system via Microsoft Store. In Windows 7/8/8.1 versions, it is possible to download iTunes content from the official Apple site.

Some outdated versions of the system macOS can still access iTunes content through Apple’s official website.

for the version of macOS Catalina, iTunes functionality was replaced with a mobile device management feature. This function is integrated into the Mac Finder in addition to three independent applications of TV, Podcast and Music.

Steps to install iTunes on a Mac

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, the most common is that iTunes comes installed out of the box on your Mac. If this is not the case, or if this application has a problem and stopped working, and it is necessary to install again, these are the steps to follow.

  • First of all, please go to the iTunes download site at this link. Once you sign in, most commonly the site itself detects that you’re using a Mac and suggests the latest version of iTunes for you to install.
  • Press on the button to download now to proceed with the download.
Download iTunes.
  • The setup program is downloaded to your default downloads folder. Most commonly this is the folder downloads in Finder, however, it may be the case that you have changed to . If so, look for it in the new directory selected for downloads.
  • Once the download is complete, the installation file should appear in a new window automatically. If this doesn’t happen, find the file which should be in a format like “iTunes” + “version number” + “.dmg”. For example, if you downloaded version 12.8.3, the installer name should be “iTunes 12.8.3.dmg”. Once the installer is located, click on it to start the installation process.
  • A series of windows will appear before you with instructions and terms and conditions. accept all to access the installation window. When you see the button Install, click on it.
  • In the next window you must enter a nusername and a password. These credentials refer to the ones used when you set up the computer. They do not refer to your iTunes account. Enter the credentials and press “okay”.

Completing the installation process

During the installation process you will see a progress bar indicating the status of the installation and how much time is left to complete the process approximately. This process It should take a minute or two. Once completed a bell will sound and the installation window will inform you that the installation has been completed successfully. Click on the option To close to close the installer.

The operating system will automatically ask you if you want to move the installation file to the trash. If you want to remove it press Accept, in case you want to keep the installer reject the prompt.

Once the installation process is complete, you can launch the application by pressing the iTunes icon in your Dock or Applications folder.

How to proceed after installing iTunes on a Mac

Perhaps after installing iTunes on a Mac you may want to proceed with setting it up. Here are some basic steps you need to take in order to set up iTunes.


First of all, you need to login using your Personal Apple ID in case you have it. If so, go to the menu Bill of the iTunes app and sign in. This step allows unlock features associated with your Apple ID. For example, Apple Music, iTunes Match and some others. In case you do not have an Apple ID, you must create one.

sync devices

The next step is sync your Mac. If you want to download music, videos, or other media that you have on some iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, to the computer where you install iTunes, you need to sync it to these devices.

For this you need to connect the device via USB cable to the computer and open iTunes. Your device should appear at the top left of the app, press it. You will then be given options to choose the type of content you want to sync.

Select the type of content. Once this action is done, mark the checkbox which is next to Sync up. Press the Apply button at the bottom right of the window. In case the synchronization does not start automatically, press the button Sync. Once the two devices are synchronized, you will be able to share the downloaded information between them without any problem, just by connecting with each other.

Import music on CD when installing iTunes on a Mac

Once you insert a CD into your Mac, and want to import the music on it into your iTunes application, the first thing is to tell iTunes what you want it to do with the CD. For this you must go to the menu Edition –> Preferences -> General.

Here you will see a drop-down menu with the legend “When inserting a CD” which has the following options.

  • Show CDs: In this case iTunes will open the CD, but will not import or play it.
  • play CDs: The application will play the CD, but will not import it.
  • Confirm Import CD: In this case iTunes will ask you to confirm to import the CD once it has been opened.
  • Import CDs: This option causes iTunes to automatically import the CD once it is inserted into the computer.
  • Import CD and eject: In this case the application automatically imports the CD and then ejects it from the computer.

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