How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another

Looking for a way to transfer songs between two different Apple IDs on Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod? This guide will show you how to transfer music from one Apple ID to another, or from one iTunes account to another in 1 click. Just read this tutorial to get the simple solution.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Oct. 20, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 12, 2019

After getting a new Apple device, whether an iPhone XS (Max)/XR or a brand-new MacBook Pro, you may wonder “Can I transfer my Apple music to a new Apple ID?”. Actually, every song purchased from the iTunes Store is linked to a particular Apple ID. So, it’s hard to transfer music from one Apple ID to another because you are using a new Apple ID on your new device.

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another

Apple officially doesn’t allow you to transfer music between two iOS or Mac devices in different Apple accounts. But there’s no need to worry about that too much. In the following guide, we will share you ways to transfer Apple music to new Apple ID. Also applying to music transfer from one iTunes account to another. Now, read on to get details.

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another

Since there’s no official way, the only available way is to ask for help from some professional iOS music transfer tool like AnyTrans for iOS, which can help you transfer Apple music to another Apple ID. And below are its highlights on transferring music between two Apple IDs.

Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow the simple steps below to transfer music from one Apple ID to another in minutes.

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Step 1. Connect two devices and choose transfer mode.

Connect your iPhones to a computer and run AnyTrans > Choose the device that you want to transfer music from, and click Device Manager icon on the middle, just like the screenshot shows below.

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another – Step 1

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another – Step 1

Step 2. Choose music category to transfer.

Click Audio and then Music. (As you see on the screenshot, there are various categories that you can manage and transfer on your iOS device.)

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another – Step 2

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another – Step 2

Step 3. Transfer music from one Apple ID to another.

Select your wanted songs, and click “To Device” button to move selected songs to another iPhone with different Apple ID.

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another – Step 3

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another – Step 3

Bonus Part. How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another Wirelessly

If there is no USB cable available or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, then you can try the AnyTrans app to transfer music between two different Apple IDs wirelessly.

Now connect your two devices with the same Wi-Fi and install AnyTrans app on the two devices (here we will take two iPhones for an example). You can download it by clicking the below button or directly search AnyTrans on App Store.

Step 1. Open AnyTrans on the iPhone that keeps the old Apple ID, tap on My QR code on the top-right corner.

Step 2. Open AnyTrans on the iPhone that keeps the new Apple ID, and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your another iPhone.

Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another Wirelessly - Connect Devices

Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another Wirelessly – Connect Devices

Step 3. Choose Music category on your iPhone that keeps the old Apple ID > Tap on Select button at the top right corner to select music > Select the music you want to transfer to your target iPhone > Tap on Send to iPhone button to transfer the selected songs.

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another Wirelessly - Step 3

How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another Wirelessly – Step 3

How to Transfer Music from One iTunes Account to Another via iTunes

This way is not recommended, as it will merge the iTunes libraries of both your accounts, which means there will be lots of duplicates after the process completes. With this method, some of your favorite songs could potentially be deleted. Also, it won’t transfer the purchased music.

Step 1 On your computer, find the location of your iTunes media folder > Launch iTunes on your computer > Then click “Edit” (PC) or “iTunes”(Mac) on the menu bar > Preferences > Advanced > Here you will see the “iTunes Media folder location”.

How to Transfer Music from One iTunes Account to Another via iTunes - Step 1

How to Transfer Music from One iTunes Account to Another via iTunes – Step 1

Step 2 Now click File > Library > Organize Library > Check the box named as “Consolidate files” > Click OK.

How to Transfer Music from One iTunes Account to Another via iTunes - Step 2

How to Transfer Music from One iTunes Account to Another via iTunes – Step 2

Step 3 Next, quit iTunes > Connect your external hard drive or USB drive to the computer > Open the iTunes media folder from the location in step 1 > Drag the folder to an external hard drive.

Step 4 Open iTunes > Click “Choose Library” when a window pops up  > Select the iTunes library folder in your external hard drive.

Step 5 On your another computer, connect your external drive to that computer > Click Finder (Mac) > Choose the Music folder > Then drag the iTunes library folder in the external drive to the music folder.

Step 6 Launch iTunes on your another computer > Hold down the Option key while opening iTunes > Click “Choose Library” when a window pops up > Select the music folder in your local hard drive > Choose the iTunes library folder > Click Open.

The Bottom Line

Just as you can see, AnyTrans makes it quite easy to transfer music from one Apple ID to another. If you want to transfer music from old Mac to your new bought MacBook in a different Apple ID, just sync all songs to your iOS device, and then put them to your new MacBook using AnyTrans for iOS. Why not DOWNLOAD IT and have a free trial now?

If you will have other trouble while transferring music from one iTunes account to another, feel free to leave your comment below and we will reply you soon.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.