How to transfer music from PC to iPhone. Just bought your first iPhone and want help transferring your Songs favorites to the latter? Have you just activated a subscription for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library and you can no longer copy music from PC to iPhone?
In the first part of the tutorial, I will tell you how to transfer music from PC to iPhone using iTunes, Apple's historic multimedia software. After that, I'll take care of the new cloud services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, which allow you to sync the music library between your PC and iPhone without physically connecting the two devices.
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How to Transfer Music from PC to iPhone
Transfer music from PC to iPhone with iTunes
Let's start with how to transfer music from PC to iPhone with the most "traditional" method of all, that is, using iTunes.
Apple's popular multimedia software comes pre-installed on all Mac, while it is available as a free download for Windows PC.
If you have a Windows PC and you have not installed iTunes yet, connect to the Apple website and click the button Download. When the download is complete, start the file iTunes6464Setup.exe you just downloaded to your Pc and first click on Confirm and in Install on pc, Yes, Yes y finalize and to complete the installation.
After installing iTunes, connect your phone to your PC using the supplied Lightning / Dock cable and wait for the Apple multimedia software to start automatically.
If you are asked to authorize communication between the two devices (this is only necessary for the first connection), press the button authorize on the phone and the button Next in the PC.
At this point, click on the iPhone icon present in the iTunes menu (top left) and go to the section Music choosing the appropriate item from the sidebar of the program (under the heading Your Order ).
Then place the check mark next to the item Sync music and click on the button apply if you want to transfer your entire iTunes music library to iPhone.
If you don't want to sync your entire iTunes library but just the songs from the artists you prefer or the playlists you want, put the check mark next to the item Playlists, selected artists, albums and genres.
Then use the Play list, Artists, Genders y Album, to select the items to sync with the iPhone and click the button apply (located in the lower right) to begin transferring selected media to the mobile phone.
At this point, every time you connect the iPhone to the PC, iTunes will sync your music library (or just selected albums and playlists) with the phone.
If you want, you can also turn on wireless sync and copy the music to your device without physically connecting it to the PC - just check the item Sync with iPhone via Wi-Fi on the screen iPhone> Summary from iTunes.
If you want to exclude video clips and notes voicemail from synchronization, remove the check mark from the Include video clips y Include voice memos before clicking on the button apply.
The option Automatically fill free space with songs, if enabled, entrusts iTunes with the task of choosing which songs to copy to your mobile phone in case there is not enough space available.
iTunes on macOS 10.15 Catalina and later
Are you using macOS 10.15 Catalina or a later version of macOS?
In that case, you should know that you cannot use iTunesas it is no longer compatible with the operating system from Apple; must use the Finder, selecting the iPhone icon from the left sidebar and proceed as explained above.
The steps to follow and the interface proposed by the software are practically identical to those of iTunes. The only thing that changes is that instead of selecting the element Ringtones In iTunes menu, you need to select the tab General from the top bar of the Finder.
With Apple Music
Apple Music is a music streaming service that for 9,99 euros / month (after the first 3 months of free trial) allows you to access an unlimited library of songs and albums from all eras and musical genres.
Songs can be listened to both streaming and offline, even if their playback is limited to the Music app on iPhone and iTunes on Windows and Mac.
What makes Apple Music particularly attractive is the fact that the service can be associated with ICloud music library, another service from Apple, in this case free, that allows you to add songs that are not in Apple Music to your online music library.
In other words, this means that you can download songs on your PC, copy them to iTunes library, and as if by magic they end up in the Music app library on iPhone / iPad. Everything happens automatically through iCloud, then through Internet.
If you want to subscribe to Apple Music, open the app Music on your iPhone or iTunes on your PC, press the appropriate button and agree to start your free trial period by following the instructions on the screen.
The service has no contractual obligations and can be deactivated at any time without problems, you can also use it for three months and then deactivate it without paying anything.
To activate the ICloud music library, and therefore the possibility of synchronizing the songs that are not present in Apple Music on all your devices, follow the instructions you find below.
- On the iPhone, go to the menu Settings> Music and put in ON options lever ICloud music library.
- On a PC or Mac, start iTunes, go to the menu preferences of the latter and select the tab General in the window that opens. Then place the check mark next to the item ICloud music library, enter your Apple ID password (if needed) and that's it.
Now all you have to do is add your favorite songs to the iTunes library (simply by dragging them to the main program window) and they will automatically sync to your iPhone without having to physically connect the phone to the PC.
Please note: Once iCloud Music Library is activated, you will no longer be able to sync your iPhone with iTunes Music Library "offline" as seen in the first chapter of this tutorial. On a practical level, nothing changes, the iTunes library is synced with the iPhone through iCloud, but it is good to underline this small limitation.
Transfer Music from PC to iPhone with Spotify
If you use Spotify and have subscribed to the service's Premium plan, which costs 9,99 euros / month and gives access to offline content, you can download your favorite music to your iPhone in a very simple way.
All you have to do is create a playlist that contains all the songs you want to listen to offline on your "iPhone by" (from the PC or the mobile phone itself, it's the same), go to the section Your music> Playlists of the Spotify application for iPhone and activate the option Download in the playlist you created earlier.
Do you want to listen to a song on Spotify that you have saved on your PC but that is not yet available in the service's online library? No problem.
Launch Spotify on your PC, select the item Local archives on the left sidebar and locate the songs to copy to your phone.
Next, right click on the songs you want to move to iPhone and select the item Add to> [Playlist] in the menu that appears to transfer them to a playlist.
Finally, connect the iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as the PC, start Spotify on the "iPhone by", select the playlist created just now on the PC and activate the option Available offline, to sync local songs with your phone.
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