How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer in 4 Ways

Want to transfer songs from iPhone to computer but do not know how? This guide will tell you how to transfer music from iPhone to computer with ease.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 02, 2020

AnyTrans – iPhone Music Transfer

Free download AnyTrans to transfer music from iPhone to the computer, to iTunes library, and vice versa.

How can I transfer music that was ripped from old CDs, or not purchased from the iTunes Store?

How to transfer music from an iphone to a computer that was not purchased?

For most of the iPhone users, the main reason why they choose the iPhone is because of its system, which is easy and safe. While on the other side, this unique system also troubled users a lot. For example, Apple does not give much authority to users to access iPhone content. Therefore, when iPhone users want to transfer photos, music, contacts, and other content from their iPhone to computer, that would be hard as hell.

Actually, Apple itself has made efforts to solve this problem. They have developed iTunes for users to manage media files, developed iCloud for users to store content in the cloud, and developed AirDrop for users to transfer content between iPhone and iPhone, as well as Mac.

Since iTunes only supports transferring purchased music and AirDrop only applies to iPhone and Mac. These are still not helpful when we want to transfer non-purchased music to the computer or when we want to transfer music from iPhone to a Windows PC.

Here in this article, we will focus on music transferring, and tell you how to transfer music from iPhone to the computer. Whether you are using a PC or a Mac, this post will help you.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer without iTunes

This way will help you easily import all music from your iPhone to the computer. Besides purchased music, there is also a huge demand for transferring non-purchased music from the iPhone to the computer. How to transfer music from an iPhone to a computer that was not purchased? iTunes will not allow you to do that, so you need the help of a third-party-tool like AnyTrans. It works for all iPhones including iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone SE, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, etc. Below are its outstanding features:

AnyTrans – iPhone Music Transfer

  • Transfer both purchased and non-purchased music to computer.
  • Add music to the iPhone from the computer without wiping data.
  • No harm to transferred music files and other iPhone content.
  • Transfer photos, contacts, messages, notes, and more.

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Steps to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer without iTunes

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and install it on a computer > Open it and connect your iPhone to the computer. After it recognizes your device, you could see the category management part on the right side.

Choose Music in AnyTrans

Choose Music in AnyTrans

Step 2. Click Music to enter the iPhone music file management page. Select the music you want to transfer > Click To Computer button to copy music from iPhone to computer directly.

Select Songs and Click to PC/Mac

Select Songs and Click to PC/Mac

Step 3. Now you have successfully transferred songs from iPhone to the computer. Click on “View files” on the screen to have a check.

Check the Imported Music on Computer

Check the Imported Music on Computer

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer with AnyTrans [Video]

We have prepared a video tutorial here for you to better understand how to send music between iPhone and computer with AnyTrans.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer with iTunes Free

As we mentioned, you can transfer music from iPhone to the computer using iTunes, but before we start, you need to know that this method could only transfer purchased music to your iTunes. With iTunes, you can put music on the iPhone but there is no official way to import non-iTunes purchases from iPhone to iTunes. And considering iTunes errors happen all the time, it would be better for you to make a backup first.

Steps to transfer iPhone music to computer with iTunes:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer > Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Click File on the upper left corner of iTunes window > Devices > Transfer Purchases from “your iPhone name”.
  3. If iTunes asks you to authorize your computer, go to the Accounts > Authorization and choose to Authorize the computer.
  4. Wait for the purchased music to finish transferring > Click Recently Added on the left side of the iTunes window > Choose the purchased music that you want to save > Click on the Download button. If you don’t see the Download button, the music is already on your computer.
Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

Re-redownload Music from iTunes Store on Computer

If you’ve purchased the music on your iPhone, but you accidentally deleted the music from your iPhone or iTunes, you can re-download it from iTunes on the authorized computers and devices (up to 10 total). No need to connect with your iPhone. Here are the steps:

  1. Open iTunes and click Account at the top of the iTunes window.
  2. Choose “Sign In” and enter your iCloud account (Apple ID) that you used to buy the music.
  3. Under “Account” > Click “Purchased” > “Music“.
  4. Click the “Not in My Library”.
  5. Click the download button to redownload the purchased music to your computer.
Re-download Purchased Music from iTunes

Re-download Purchased Music from iTunes

 

On macOS Catalina and later, there is no iTunes, but you can also download previous iTunes Store purchased music in the Music app on Mac.

  1. Open the Music app on your Mac, click iTunes Store in the sidebar.
  2. If you don’t see iTunes Store in the sidebar, go to Music > Preferences > General > Make sure iTunes Store is selected > OK.
  3. Click Purchased > Click Music to see all your purchases and the ones not currently in your music library.
  4. Click the Download button to re-download the music you want.

Transfer Music from iPhone to iTunes Library on Computer

What can AnyTrans do is not only transfer music to the computer desktop, it also supports users to import non-purchased iPhone music to iTunes.  Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Download and Launch AnyTrans, and connect your iPhone to the computer.

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Step 2. Head to the Music management page as we have mentioned before.

Step 3. Select the music that you want to import to iTunes > Click the To iTunes button.

Select Songs and Find To iTunes Button

Select Songs and Find To iTunes Button

For iPod users, you can also get how to add music to iPod without iTunes with the help of AnyTrans.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer  Wirelessly

When you do not have a USB cable at hand, or your iPhone  cannot be recognized by your computer, you can try this tool to find a better way to transfer files – AnyTrans app on iPhone, which can easily help you to transfer music from computer to iPhonewirelessly.

Now follow the steps below to transfer music from computer to iPhone X/XS/XR wirelessly. Make sure both your computer and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and cellular data would not work in the following steps.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

Step 2. On your computer: Enter anytrans.io in your browser, then you shall see a QR code on this page with your iPhone AnyTrans app.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly - Step 2

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. On your iPhone: Select the music you want to transfer and click Send button.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly - Step 3

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly – Step 3

The Bottom Line

With the help of AnyTrans, you can easily transfer songs from iPhone to the computer. Except for transferring music from iPhone to the computer, you can also get music from iPhone to iTunes, even transfer music from computer to iPhone. If you will need to transfer other iOS files from iPhone to iPhone/computer/iTunes, or from Mac/PC/iTunes to iPhone, turn to AnyTrans to help you make it in minutes. Start free trial Now >

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Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.