iTunes 12 on Windows 10

So you have a fresh install of Windows 10 and your first stop is making sure your media library is taken care of. Here's the quick and easy way of getting the latest version of iTunes installed. We'll even help you make sure your music, photos, videos, and other media are identified by iTunes so you can start enjoying it right away.

How to download and install iTunes for Windows 10

  1. Launch your favorite web browser from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Navigate to www.apple.com/itunes/download.

    Launch your favorite web browser. Navigate to the website.

  3. Click Download Now. You might have to scroll down a bit.
  4. Click Save. iTunes will now download.

    Click Download Now. Click Save.

  5. Click Run when the download is complete. The iTunes installer will open.
  6. Click Next.

    Click Run. Click Next.

  7. Click Install when you're satisfied with the installation parameters.
  8. Click Finish.

    Click Install. Click Finish.

How to create an Apple ID account and log in on Windows 10

You'll need an Apple ID to buy music and download apps. If you haven't already made an Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad, it's possible to do so through iTunes on Windows quite easily.

  1. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  2. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.

    Launch iTunes. Click Account.

  3. Click Sign In.
  4. Click Create New Apple ID. If you already have an Apple ID, you can sign in from here instead.

    Click Sign In. Click Create New Apple ID.

  5. Click Continue.
  6. Click the checkbox next to I have read and agree to these terms and conditions so that a checkmark appears.

    Click Continue. Click the checkbox.

  7. Click Agree.
  8. Type your email address.

    Click Agree. Type your email address.

  9. Type your password.
  10. Type your password again to verify.

    Type your password. Type your password again.

  11. Click the dropdown arrow next to Choose One and choose a security question.
  12. Type an answer to the security question.

    Choose a security question and type the answer.

  13. Click the dropdown arrow next to Choose One and choose a security question.
  14. Type an answer to the security question.

    Choose a security question and type the answer.

  15. Click the dropdown arrow next to Choose One and choose a security question.
  16. Type an answer to the security question.

    Choose a security question and type the answer.

  17. Click the dropdown arrow next to Day.
  18. Click a number.

    Click the dropdown arrow next to Day. Click a number.

  19. Click the dropdown arrow next to Month.
  20. Click a month.

    Click the dropdown arrow next to Month. Click a month.

  21. Type a year in the Year field.
  22. Click Continue.

    Type a year and click continue.

You will now be asked to submit your billing information.

  1. Click a payment option.
  2. Type your card number.

    Click a payment option. Type your card number.

  3. Click the dropdown arrow under Expires.
  4. Click the expiry month.

    Click the dropdown arrow. Click the expiry month.

  5. Click the dropdown arrow next to .....
  6. Click the expiry year.

    Click the dropdown arrow. Click the expiry year.

  7. Type your security code.
  8. Click the dropdown arrow next to Title.

    Type your security code. Click the dropdown arrow.

  9. Click a title.
  10. Type your first name.

    Click a title. Type your first name.

  11. Type your last name.
  12. Type your address.

    Type your last name. Type your address.

  13. Type your city.
  14. Click the dropdown arrow next to Province/State.

    Type your city. Click the dropdown arrow.

  15. Click your province or state.
  16. Type your postal code.

    Click your province or state. Type your postal code.

  17. Type your area code.
  18. Type your phone number.

    Type your area code. Type your phone number.

  19. Click Create Apple ID. An email containing a verification link will be sent to the email address you used for your Apple ID.
  20. Click OK once you've verified your email.

    Click Create Apple ID. Click OK.

How to authorize your computer in iTunes on Windows 10

Authorizing your computer in iTunes gives it permission to access all your content. You can have up to five devices authorized in your name. Here's how to authorize your Windows 10 PC, and here's how to deauthorize your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Launch iTunes from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.

    Launch iTunes. Click Account.

  3. Click Authorizations.
  4. Click Authorize This Computer.

    Click Authorizations. Click Authorize This Computer.

  5. Type your password.
  6. Click Authorize.

    Type your password. Click Authorize.

Your computer is now authorized. Here's how to deauthorize.

  1. Launch iTunes from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.

    Launch iTunes. Click Account.

  3. Click Authorizations.
  4. Click Deauthorize This Computer.

    Click Authorizations. Click Deauthorize This Computer.

  5. Type your password.
  6. Click Deauthorize.

    Type your password. Click Deauthorize.

How to import your media library into iTunes on Windows 10

  1. Launch iTunes from your Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Click File.
  3. Click Add Folder to Library.

    Click File. Click Add Folder to Library.

  4. Click a file or folder you'd like to import into iTunes.
  5. Click Select Folder.

    Click a file or folder. Click Select Folder.

This process can be repeated until all of your files are in iTunes.

How to buy content from iTunes on Windows 10

The iTunes store has a ton of media available for purchase and download. Here's how to get started.

  1. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  2. Click Store from the menu near the top of the window.

    Launch iTunes. Click Store.

  3. Click the price next to an item you'd like to purchase.
  4. Type your password.

    Click the price next to an item. Type your password.

  5. Click Buy.
  6. Click Buy.

    Click Buy. Click Buy again.

The item will begin to download and can be found in your Library when completed.

How to subscribe to iTunes Match on Windows 10

iTunes Match backs up your entire music collection in the cloud for access anywhere. It will scan your library and provide access to Apple's cloud-stored tunes, and if there's no match between your track and theirs, Apple will upload your music for remote access on iPhone, iPad, or other computers. Here's how to get started with it.

  1. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  2. Click Store from the menu near the top of the window.

    Launch iTunes. Click Store.

  3. Click iTunes Match from the menu on the right side of the window.
  4. Click Subscribe for $XX.XX per year.

    Click iTunes Match. Click Subscribe for $XX.XX per year.

  5. Type your password.
  6. Click Subscribe.

    Type your password. Click Subscribe.

Here's how to cancel your iTunes Match subscription to stop it from auto-renewing each month.

  1. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  2. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.
  3. Click View My Account.

    Click Account. Click View My Account.

  4. Scroll down to the Settings row.
  5. Click Manage next to Subscriptions.

    Scroll down. Click Manage next to Subscriptions.

  6. Click Cancel Subscription beneath iTunes Match.
  7. Click Confirm.

For more helpful info on iTunes Match, check out our ultimate guide to your iCloud music library.

How to subscribe to Apple Music on Windows 10

Apple Music is more like a traditional subscription service rather than a cloud content locker. With it, you can enjoy all of the music from the expansive iTunes catalog on-demand, so long as you're willing to fork over a monthly subscription fee. Here's how you get started using it.

  1. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  2. Click Store from the menu near the top of the window.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    Click Store. Scroll down.

  4. Click 3-Month Trial beneath Apple Music.
  5. Click Choose Your Plan.

    Click 3-Month Trial. Click Choose Your Plan.

  6. Click a plan.
  7. Click Start Free 3 Months.

    Click a plan. Click Start Free 3 Months.

  8. Type your password.
  9. Click Buy.

Type your password. Click Buy.

Apple Music, like iTunes Match, will automatically renew itself and you will be billed. Here's how to turn off automatic renewal of Apple Music.

  1. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  2. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.
  3. Click View My Account.

    Click Account. Click View My Account.

  4. Scroll down to the Settings row**.
  5. Click Manage next to Subscriptions.

    Scroll down. Click Manage next to Subscriptions.

  6. Click Cancel Subscription beneath Apple Music Membership.
  7. Click Confirm.

    Click Cancel Subscription. Click Confirm.

Wrapping up

Do you use iTunes on your Windows 10 PC? Let us know in the comments section below! For more help with iTunes and Windows 10, check out the links below.

More iTunes help

More Windows 10 help

This article was originally published on August 7, 2015. It was recently updated in December 2016 with the following changes: screenshots and steps updated to reflect changes in iTunes user interface.