[Quick Guide] How to Transfer Music from USB to iTunes

This guide will show you how to transfer music from flash drive to iTunes, so you can enjoy music on your computer or sync music to your iPhone.


By Lena / Updated on June 6, 2023

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The portable USB flash drive is a good choice to store data like music files, which helps us easily share files from one device to another. As for iTunes, it’s one mobile device management as well as a media player. It’s not surprising that you want to transfer music from USB to iTunes.

Why Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iTunes?
● Enjoy Music on Computer. iTunes provides an easy way to help us organize music appropriately according to artist and album.
● Sync Songs to iPhone. To listen to music on iPhone, you can add songs to iPhone with the help of iTunes though it’s not a convenient way.

Fortunately, the “Add File to Library...” function can help us easily import music from flash drive to iTunes, whether you want to transfer the songs to your current computer or a new computer. Keep reading to learn more.

Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iTunes on Mac and Windows PC

Below are the steps to transfer music from USB to iTunes. To ensure that the transfer is successful, please follow the steps step by step. The file types that are compatible with iTunes include MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, AIF, AIFF, M4R, and M4B.

1. Run iTunes and plug in your flash drive containing the music files to computer.

2. Go to Preferences... to make sure two options are checked:

Click the Edit menu in iTunes > Choose Preferences... > Click Advanced tab > Check the box beside “Keep iTunes Media Folder organized” and "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" > Click OK to confirm.

Advanced Preferences

The Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library means that it will copy the music files to your computer. If you do not check this option, iTunes will only save the location of the file, and it will not be able to find the file when the flash drive is not inserted.

3. Transfer music from USB to iTunes:

Click the File menu > Choose Add Files to Library... or Add Folder to Library... to select the songs you want to add to iTunes. And that’s it.

Add File to Library

If you want to sync music to iPhone, you can plug in your device and go to Music > select Sync Music > choose to sync the entire music library or selected playlists > click Apply to make it. Please note that it will erase the existing songs on your iPhone.

Sync Music to iPhone

Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone without Syncing

Want to transfer music from USB to iTunes in order to transfer music to your iPhone? Well, iTunes indeed can help us sync music to iPhone but it’s not the best choice.

● iTunes does not allow you to transfer selected songs. You can only sync all music from iTunes, or add music to your iPhone one by one.
● Besides, iTunes only allows users to pair the iPhone with one computer. If you want to transfer music to family or friends' iPhone, the existing data on iPhone will be erased.

If you want a simple, fast, and safe way to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone, then put iTunes aside and choose a professional iOS data transfer tool to help you make it. That’s FoneTool.

With This iOS data backup & transfer tools, it is only a matter of making a few clicks of the mouse to transfer songs to iPhone. Possible to transfer selected songs to any iPhone without data loss.

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Steps to Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone

1. Download, install, and launch FoneTool > Plug in your USB flash drive and iPhone to computer.

2. On the Home screen, click Phone Transfer > Choose PC to iPhone option and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

3. Click the “+” icon > Find your flash drive and choose the songs you’d like to add to iPhone > Click Open to continue.

Choose Music

4. Click Start Transfer to transfer music from computer to iPhone.


5. Click OK when the transfer is completed.

Transfer Completed

Note: FoneTool also supports iDevice to computer transfer, you can transfer purchased or non-purchased music from iPhone to computer/flash drive/external hard drive without effort.


That’s all about how to transfer music from USB flash drive to iTunes on Mac and Windows. The “Add File to Library...” function can help you easily add songs to iTunes library. Did the transfer succeed? Leave a comment to let us know.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.