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The easiest way to transfer music from a CD to an 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 iDevice, including all iPod and iPad models, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and more.

There are two steps:

First, convert the CD songs to iPhone format

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

  1. Insert the CD into the PC.

  2. 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. Set the correct format under Rip settings. It must be set to MP3: wmp cd rip format options

  6. Choose 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 Download CopyTrans Manager

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

  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 windo:. 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! music app showing assassin's creed soundtrack album on iphone

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