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How To Install iTunes on a Mac

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Apple does not include iTunes on a CD with iPods, iPhone, or iPads any more. Instead, it offers it as a download from its website. If you have a Mac, you don't normally need to download iTunes--it comes preloaded on all Macs and is a default part of what gets installed with Mac OS X. However, if you've deleted iTunes, you do need to download and re-install it. If you're in that situation, here's how to find and install iTunes on a Mac, and then use it to sync with an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: A few minutes

Here's How:

  1. Go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/.

    The website will automatically detect that you're using a Mac and will offer you the latest version of iTunes for the Mac. Enter your email address, decide if you want to receive email newsletters from Apple, and click the Download Now button.

  2. The iTunes installer program will download to your default download location. On most recent Macs, this is the Downloads folder, but you may have changed it to something else.

    In most cases, the installer will pop 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. iTunes11.0.2.dmg) and double click it. This will begin the installation process.

  3. First, you'll have to click through a number of introductory and terms and conditions screens. Do so, and agree to the terms and conditions when they're presented. When you get to the window with the Install button, click it.
  4. A window will pop 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 will now begin to install iTunes.
  5. A progress bar will appear 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. You can now launch iTunes from the icon in your dock or in the Applications folder.
  6. With iTunes installed, you may want to start copying your CDs to your new iTunes library. When you do that, you can both listen to songs on your computer and sync them to your mobile device. Some useful articles related to this are:

  7. Another important piece of the iTunes setup process is creating an iTunes account. With an account, you'll be able to buy or download free music, apps, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks from the iTunes Store. Learn how here.

  8. With those two steps complete, you can set up your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. For instructions on how to set up and sync your device, read the articles below:

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