How to Set Up iTunes on a Laptop

By Mario Calhoun

If you purchase an Apple product, such as an iPod, iPhone or iPad, you must install and set up iTunes on your computer before you can begin synchronizing content to the media player. The iTunes program, which serves as the default software for Apple media players, also includes the iTunes Store, which provides access to purchasable content for your portable player. Whereas the iTunes program used to come with your media player on an installation disc, it is now available at the Apple website as a free download to ensure that you have the latest version of the software.

Step 1

Download and install the iTunes software from the official Apple site (see Resources).

Step 2

Click the "Start" menu icon on the desktop of your PC and click "Programs" and iTunes" to run the iTunes Setup Assistant for the first time. For Macintosh computers, simultaneously press and release "Command," "Shift" and "A" to open the Applications folder and then double-click the iTunes icon in the Applications folder.

Step 3

Click "Next" in the iTunes Setup Assistant window and check the boxes next to "Find MP3 and AAC Files" and "Add WMA Files."

Step 4

Select the radio button next to "Automatic iTunes Music Folder Organization" or select "Manual Organization" and then click the "Next" button.

Step 5

Select the radio button next to the "Use iTunes for Internet Audio Content" or select the second option, which leaves your Internet audio settings as they are. Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 6

Click the "Finish" or "Complete" button to finalize the iTunes Setup Assistant. By default, the iTunes program will take you directly to the iTunes Store after the setup is complete.