When you install the Spotify app on your desktop computer, the program searches for locally stored music on your hard drive by default. The iTunes library and Windows Media Player library are the two common places it searches for. The purpose of scanning your music collection is to see whether the songs you have are also on Spotify or not. You can share the music that Spotify links to your account with others via social networks.
However, Spotify cannot see your collection of MP3s if it is spread across several folders on hard drive. So just tell it where to look if you want all your music collection to be included in the music service.
Inform Spotify where your music is located
Spotify does not support all the audio formats but the files in the following formats:
- MP4 (without containing video)
Spotify does not support the iTunes lossless format M4A, it matches any unsupported file format with the same music from the Spotify catalog.
To start adding locations for Spotify to search, log in to your Spotify account via the desktop app and then follow these steps:
- For Windows computers, click on the Edit menu tab and choose Preferences. (For Macs, open iTunes > Preferences > Advanced. Select Spotify and then select Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.)
- Locate the section called “Local Files”.
- Click on “Add a Source”.
- Navigate to the folder including your music files. Highlight it using the mouse button and then click on OK to add the folder to the Spotify local folders list.
Now you can see that the location you chose has been added to the Spotify app. If you want to add more, repeatedly click on “Add a Source”. Uncheck each one in case that you want to remove folders that have been added to Spotify's list.
After you add all these locations to Spotify on your Mac or PC, you can play your entire collection using the Spotify player.