How to Transfer CD to iPhone without iTunes

Songs in your CD could be used on your iPhone. This guide will tell you how to transfer CD to iPhone without iTunes.


By Dylan / Updated on June 1, 2023

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How to Transfer CD to iPhone

I have found some old CDs and I would like to transfer the songs into my iPhone 12 so that I don’t have to plug the CD into my computer later. Anyone could tell me the fastest way to transfer music from CD to iPhone without iTunes?

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Are you still listening to CD? Compared with digital music, CD is quite an old way to enjoy music but it still doesn’t reduce the joy. According to the survey of Nielsen, there are still many people who would like to buy CD.

CD Cover

Like other storage mediums, CD just carries your music files. If you wish, you can extract them to your computer and transfer songs to your iPhone. Since you can’t drag and drop music files from computer to iPhone, you need to know some techniques to export music from CD and import music into your iPhone. The following content is the detailed steps to transfer CD to iPhone without iTunes.

Part 1. How to Transfer Music from CD to iPhone without iTunes

To transfer music from CD to iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7, you should first export songs from CD to computer and then add them to your iPhone.

Step 1. Transfer Songs from Your CD into Computer

The way to extract music from CD is using Windows Media Player. It is the common software to play music on Windows. You can easily find it on Windows 10/8/7.

1. Click the Windows Start button to find Windows Media Player or directly search it in the search bar on desktop.

2. Insert your CD into computer. After a while, if it is successfully read by your computer, the playlist would automatically appear in Windows Media Player.

Tips: If it doesn’t appear for a long time. Open File Explorer on your computer, find DVD RW Drive. Right-click it and select Play to enter Windows Media Player.

Sometimes you find that you could view and copy songs from your CD but the format of the songs might not be supported by iPhone. You need to rip the audio CD to computer to save them as MP3 files.

3. In Windows Media Player, you need to click Rip Settings > expand More options > select Rip Music > in Format section, set the format as MP3 > click Apply > click OK > in Windows Media player, tick the music you want to transfer in your CD > click Rip CD. Wait for the ripping process completed.

Your CD would be saved to C:\Users\[user name]\Music.

Rip Settings

Step 2. Transfer CD to iPhone without iTunes

As is mentioned above, you can’t directly copy the songs to the internal storage of iPhone. You need a tool. FoneTool would help you. It is a professional iPhone data transfer. You can select the songs you want to transfer. Besides, it will not erase any existing songs or any other data on your iPhone.

1. Download FoneTool and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. 

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2. On the home screen of FoneTool, you would see an option PC to iPhone from Phone Transfer page. Clicking it means you would like to transfer data from computer to iPhone.

Transfer to iPhone

3. Click any area in the box, and then you could add the music you export from PC into FoneTool. If the folder Music has already been opened, you could also directly drag and drop the files into the box.

Select Files

4. After all the wanted music has been added into FoneTool. Click the button Start Transfer to transfer the selected songs into your iPhone.

Transfer Music

Note: Besides computer to iPhone transfer, FoneTool can also help you transfer music from iPhone to computer without effort.

Part 2. How to Transfer CD to iPhone with iTunes

If you are an iTunes user, you could also import CD to iTunes and then sync songs to iPhone. Before that, you need to change the settings to make sure the songs are available later.

Step 1. Import CD to iTunes

Open iTunes, click Edit > then select Preferences > in General section, click Import Settings > in the section Import Using, select MP3 Encoder > tick Use error correction when reading Audio CDs > click OK and then quit the window > insert your CD to computer > click the CD icon when it appears in iTunes > click Import CD. It would take 10 minutes or longer.

iTunes Import CD Settings

Step 2. Sync Songs from iTunes to iPhone

Open iTunes > plug in your iPhone > click the Device tab > choose Music > select Sync Music > choose the songs you need > click Apply. Please note that it will erase the existing iPhone music. If you do not want to lose any songs, you can refer to Part 1 to see how to transfer CD to iPhone without iTunes.

Sync Music to iPhone


Songs on CD could also be converted into digital music on your computer and then you could transfer CD to iPhone to listen to Music anytime and anywhere. If you want to transfer music from CD to iPhone without iTunes, FoneTool can be a good choice. It can help you add needed songs to iPhone without data erase. Go for it now and discover more!

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.