Can’t Add MP4 to iTunes library? Solved

As a quite hot file extension, MP4 is widely used for saving media data and can be found in lots of places online or off line, which means, you may download MP4 videos from video sharing sites such as YouTube and Fox, or shared some MP4 videos from others. But the problem with MP4 is, when you plan to add MP4 videos to iTunes library, you may be able to do this, but may be unable to. So what’s the matter? Well, this depends on.

Basically, iTunes can recognize MP4 videos, well, only in the condition of compressing with the supported codec like MPEG-4 or H.264. Namely, iTunes has nothing to do with those MP4 files with the unmatched codec. So for the question up lines, it may be due to the codec problem. This is not a tough problem to work out, actually. Only a professional MP4 to iTunes Converter program needed. And the article here shows you how to fix this with an excellent Video Converter Mac from Brorsoft step by step.

First you need to download, install the great utility. If not, download the Mac version from here, and the Windows version from here. This MP4 to iTunes video converter has optimized presets to let you set output format both compatible with iTunes but also with your corresponding Apple device. Besides, you can just edit your MP4 video to make your own movie by trimming, adding effects, adding subtitle, etc. Below are the steps on how to convert and import MP4 videos to iTunes library with ease.

How to convert MP4 to iTunes MP4 codec

Here the detailed steps to convert MP4 files to iTunes on Mac are introduced. The way to finish your task in Windows is almost the same. So don’t be confused. Just make sure you’ve got the right version.

  • Step 1: Simply drag-and-drop your MP4 video to the program window or click “Add” button to load MP4 files. This MP4 to iTunes Converter supports batch conversion to import multiple files at a time.

  • Step 2: Select an iTunes supported format as the output format. In order to make the output files 100% supported by iTunes, the directly-optimized pre-settings are strongly recommended. Selecting one of them as the output format is the best choice for you, so you don’t worry about the video codec error. Click Format bar and select Apple device model iPad, iPhone, iPod as you want, which is not only fully compatible with iTunes but also suitable for the corresponding Apple device best.

  • Step 3: When all the settings are in place, you can press the Convert button to start the process of converting MP4 to iTunes. After doing this, the program will complete the necessary tasks and you can watch the conversion progress to know when the process ends.

Once you encode MP4 videos to iTunes compatible format, you should launch the iTunes and click File > Add Files to Library to add the converted MKV files to iTunes library. After that, you can play the MP4 files in iTunes smoothly or sync them to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. for playing on the go.

FAQs about Adding MP4 to iTunes

You should make clear iTunes supported file specifications. Please check below the table. Also MP4 is a multimedia container with different codec. Maybe your MP4 codec isn’t compatible with iTunes. If your MP4 still can’t be added into iTunes, you will have to try convert MP4 to iTunes compatible codecs.

Video files
MPEG-4 with H.264 compression
File extensions: .mp4, .m4v, .mov
Video Format: MPEG-4 with H.264
Data Rate: Up to 160 Kbps
Image Size: 640 x 480 pixels
Frame Rate: 30 frames per second
Key Frame: Every 24 frames
Audio Files
File extensions: .m4a
iPod nano, 3rd/4th/5th gen.
Audio Format: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC (Music)
MPEG-4 video format
Data Rate: Up to 160 Kbps
iPhone, all models 
Channels: Stereo in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats
iPhone 3GS, 3G and Original
Output Sample Rate: 48 kHz
iPad, all models
Encoding Quality: Better
File extensions: .mP3


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