How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

iTunes is a tool that enables you to transfer music from your iPhone to your computer. Follow this guide, which will demonstrate how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes library easily, and also introduce an easier way to send non-purchased music to PC.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Why transfer music from iPhone to iTunes?

You may spend thousands of dollars and hours building an awesome music library on your iPhone. If necessary, you could transfer songs from iPhone to iPhone using AirDrop. But sometimes, you may need to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes library on computer.

enlightenedYour iPhone may encounter some unexpected issues making your music gone.

enlightenedIf you buy the latest iPhone 15, you may want to save music on your new device quickly. Then you can transfer music from iPhone to iTunes free, and your playlists can be easily added to another device.

enlightenedTransferring songs to your computer via iTunes can help you to free up some space on your iPhone. 

enlightenedYou can enjoy your music on your computer if you have a fancy sound device. 

Anyway, no matter what reason you need to transfer your music, you can refer to the following content, we will guide you on how to add music/songs to iTunes for free in detail.

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How to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes on Windows 10/11/8/7 and Mac

You can directly add downloaded music to iTunes from iPhone or use the syncing feature to add songs to iTunes.

Besides, with iTunes, You can only add purchased iPhone songs to iTunes and can’t move your audio files between different sources. If you want to transfer non-purchased music or songs from other apps to your iPhone, you can refer to the next part.

Directly transfer iPhone purchases to iTunes on PC/Mac

Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of iTunes on your computer, and connect your iPhone or iPad, iPod Touch to the computer. Then follow the steps below.

Step 1.  Run iTunes on your computer. Click  "Account" on the toolbar, and select "Authorizations" > "Authorize This Computer" to let the PC can read your iPhone.

Step 2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password, then click on the "Authorize" button to ensure the computer is authorized to play iTunes Store purchases.

Step 3. Select "File" > "Devices" and choose "Transfer Purchases From [iPhone device]".

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Step 4. Then you can click "Recently Added" and check newly imported songs. Then your songs will be listed in your iTunes library.

★Tips: If you want to save the music on your computer
Select "Account" > "Purchased" in the toolbar. If you are in a family sharing group, you will see "Family Purchases".
Select the Music section on the left and download the music you purchased on your iPhone to your computer.

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How to transfer music from iPhone to computer with iTunes via syncing

To transfer music from iPhone to computer using iTunes, you can also use the syncing feature.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the laptop, then run the latest iTunes on your computer. If your device is connecting to a computer for the first time, then you need to tap on "Trust" on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click the device icon in iTunes, then go to the Music tab on the left bar and enable the Sync Music option. Then you can choose to sync the entire music library or just sync the selected playlists, artists, albums and genres to PC. After that, tap on the Apply button to transfer music from iPhone to computer with iTunes for free.

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This is all about how to sync iPhone music to iTunes directly on a Windows 10/11/8/7 laptop or Mac without downloading anything. Then you can view your music on your iTunes. With this feature, you can also sync iTunes playlist to your iPhone.

Bonus: Move non-purchased music from iPhone to computer for free without iTunes

As we know, iTunes only allows you to transfer purchased music between your devices. If you want to send non-purchased songs or add downloaded music to iTunes/computer, you can turn to another professional iOS transfer tool named FoneTool.

With this tool, you can easily send purchased or non-purchased music from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to a Windows 11/10/8/7 computer without syncing, as well as import music to your iPhone.

It comes with the following advantages.

It has a clear interface, a user-friendly design, and no advertisements.
The transfer speed is so fast, saving much time.
It allows you to select music from your iPhone flexibly.
Except for transferring music, you can also transfer contacts, messages, photos, and videos to PC.
It is fully compatible with iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 Pro/SE 2022/2020 and other previous iOS devices, as well as the latest iOS 17/16.

Now, download FoneTool, install and launch it. Then, follow the steps below to transfer music from iPhone to Windows 11/10/8/7 with FoneTool.

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Step 1. On the FoneTool, click Phone Transfer > Select iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Click the plus icon to add music files.

Add Files

Step 3. Preview the music and select the songs from your iPhone and click OK.

Choose Songs

Step 4. Click Start Transfer to export songs to computer.


Step 5. To add the transferred music to iTunes,  go to iTunes > Click File in the upper-left corner, select Add File to Library, locate the songs, and then add downloaded music to iTunes.

Add File to Library


You can learn how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes library on Windows 11/10/8/7 PC and Mac for free above. However, sometimes you could not use iTunes due to problems with updating the App.

In addition, the procedures and interface of iTunes are quite complicated for some users. And you would really take a long time to add music using iTunes.

Therefore, FoneTool may be a better tool for iPhone data transfer on Windows PC. You can transfer music from iPhone to iTunes flexibly. And the operations with FoneTool can be more simple. Besides, FoneTool is an excellent iPhone backup software to fully or selectively back up your iPhone data.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.