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The easiest way to transfer music from an audio CD (compact disc) to iPhone or iPod without iTunes sync is via using CopyTrans Manager. CopyTrans Manager is the free iTunes alternative. It helps you add songs to any Apple iDevice, including all iPod and iPad models, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and more.

The process comes in two parts:

First, convert the CD songs to iPhone format

Songs in audio CDs usually come saved in .cda format. Apple iDevices cannot read .cda format. This is why if your CD contains .cda songs, you first need to convert them to .mp3. To do so:

  1. Insert the CD in the PC

  2. On your PC, start Windows Media Player and make sure you are in “Library” mode main windows media player window in library mode

    NOTE: you can use any other program that allows you to rip the CD songs into MP3 format.

  3. Select the CD from the left and click “Rip settings” on top cd seen in wmp

  4. Choose “More options” wmp more options

  5. From the newly-opened popup, under “Rip settings” set the correct format. It must be set to “MP3” wmp cd rip format options

  6. Note or change the PC folder where the CD songs will be saved under “Rip music to this location” windows media player cd rip popup folder location

  7. Click OK windows media player cd rip options ok button

  8. To start converting the CD music and copy it to the PC, click “Rip CD” rip cd button in wmp

    Let the ripping complete; it shouldn’t take long. cd rip in progress

  9. Open the PC folder where the CD songs were transferred to. ripped cd songs folder on windows

Next, transfer the music to the iPhone

  1. Download CopyTrans Manager from the following page Click here to download CopyTrans Manager

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Manager, please refer to this article

  3. Run CopyTrans Manager and connect the iPhone, iPod or iPad to your PC. CopyTrans Manager lists any songs and playlists you may already have on the iPhone main copytrans manager window

  4. Now drag and drop the songs from the PC folder to the main CopyTrans Manager window drag and drop songs from pc to iphone

  5. To apply the changes, click “Update” update button in copytrans manager

The CD songs are now copied to the iPhone. Enjoy! cd songs on iphone listed in main program window

This is how to transfer music from CD to iPhone. Easy! music app showing assassin's creed soundtrack album on iphone

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