Download and add mp3 automatically to iTunes

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 22, 2007
Updated • Dec 9, 2012
Music and Video

Have you ever thought that the process of downloading mp3 files, opening itunes, adding the files and syncing them is kinda overcomplicated ? The creators of the browser extension Tunestor for Internet Explorer and Firefox surely did and created an extension just for that purpose.

The add-on adds an option to the right-click menu whenever you perform that operation on a mp3 file. The option to "Download directly to iTunes" appears which will download the mp3 to the My Music folder of your operating system.

Tunestor adds the mp3 to the Tunestor playlist which will be synced whenever iTunes is opened. This means that you do not have to manually sync the downloaded mp3s anymore.

I have not tried it but I suspect that Tunestor will not work when the link is not pointing directly to the mp3.

As Samer points out over at Freeware Genius this browser extension raises some (privacy) issues. It downloads music only to the My Music folder and it is not possible to change the default folder. If you don't have much space on that drive you might be inclined to stop using - or simply not install - Tunestor.

Tunestor will ask you during installation if you want to share your downloads with their TuneStory sharing and download site. I would recommend to uncheck this option. It adds another context menu entry as well which is called Hit List. Samer was not able to find out what it did but I was.

The Hit List simply loads the Tunestory website it seems. I would have suspected it to load the popular category but it currently leads to the main one instead.

Even if I wanted to I could not use Tunestor because of the limited space on my main hard drive. I think this could be a nice program for users who download lots of mp3s from websites. Everyone else is probably better of syncing files manually.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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