This is how to transfer iPhone music to your computer

If you think a lot has changed since iTunes first came out and after the original iPod was unveiled back in 2001, you are wrong. iTunes remains a single-lane street for music and you can’t use it to transfer iPhone songs to PC unless you bought the songs from the iTunes Store.

If you got a brand new Windows 10 computer or recently went through a devastating PC crash, you were probably left with an an empty iTunes library. But your iPhone still has the songs and playlists. It will take special software to copy music from iPhone to PC but it is pretty easy. Let’s begin.

Here’s how to transfer iPhone music to PC

First of all, never connect the iPhone to an empty iTunes library. In the best case scenario, iTunes would prompt you to delete the music form the iPhone and if worst comes to worst, iTunes will delete the music without even asking you. the iphone is synced with another itunes library

  1. Download CopyTrans on the PC

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  2. Start the program and connect the iPhone. CopyTrans supports all Apple iDevices including the latest iPhone 6s. The iPhone tracks and playlists are listed in the main program window main copytrans program window

    You can now copy the music directly to iTunes or, if you wish, to a selected folder on your PC.

  3. To transfer the iPhone music to iTunes, click the orange “Start backup” button on top. If you wish to copy the iPhone music to a selected folder on your computer, follow these steps instead start backup button in copytrans

    Note: CopyTrans compares the contents of the iTunes library with the songs loaded on the iPhone. The program then smartly transfers only the needed tracks avoiding the creation of duplicates.

  4. Let the backup complete backkup in progress

    In addition to tracks and playlists, all meta data such as tags, play counts and star ratings are transferred instantly. Learn more…

  5. Disconnect the iPhone, close CopyTrans and run iTunes. Your iTunes library is back to life!

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Related: How to manage and transfer iPhone music without iTunes

Apple Music and your iPhone songs

Apple Music is the new Spotify-esque music streaming service from Apple. If you are used to the good-ole way of managing songs as track files on the PC and actually owning your music, we’d recommend against enabling the service.

Apart from charging monthly, Apple Music automatically replaces the original iPhone songs with DRM-protected copies. DRM-protection only allows you to access and play the songs on the iPhone or in iTunes and only when logged in with your Apple ID.

Keep both Apple Music and iCloud Music library off by navigating to the iPhone Settings > Music and making sure that “Show Apple Music” and “iCloud Music Library” options are disabled. apple music and icloud music library options on ios 9

Related: How to disable iCloud Music Library on iPhone

YouTube tutorial – see CopyTrans in action

Your take

Tell us your story. Is the iTunes library on your PC empty and why? Did you manage to transfer your music and playlists from your iPhone to the computer? Leave your comment in the section below.

  • Sachin Karkee

    this is a very useful software.now transfer and syncing have been more easy. itunes has been always unfaithful to me but when i came to know about this software i am feeling pretty great doing my work done easily with this one..i’m so thankful to the developer for creating this…syncing never felt so goooood

  • Maria

    So it means I can have my songs that I got on apple music on my pc documents????

    • No, iMashJan. Apple Music is a streaming service where you rent music from Apple without owning it. CopyTrans won’t download your Apple Music tracks but only songs downloaded and saved locally to your device (music which won’t disappear after cancelling the Apple Music subscription).

  • Marika CopyTrans

    Hey iMashJan,
    I feel like my colleague Rina was very specific about your question, but if you want to make sure, feel free to contact Apple directly:
    https://support.apple.com/
    I also use Apple Music and wish there was a way to get my tracks on a PC, but Apple is tough 🙁