iTunes is good and all, but why limit yourself to only one solution to manage music on your iPhone? Especially, since iTunes can’t copy music from iPhone to computer.
Luckily, CopyTrans knows just the way to transfer music from iPhone to computer in a few clicks, including: music files (.mp3, m4a, m4r, aac), artist and album information, artwork, playlists.
- How to transfer music from iPhone to computer: simple mode
- How to transfer music from iPhone to computer: classic mode
- BONUS: Customize your backup structure
- I don’t see all my tracks in CopyTrans
How to transfer music from iPhone to computer: simple mode
To download music from iPhone to computer, you’ll need to follow the detailed guide below. The method works for all Apple devices: iPhones, iPods, and iPads.
Run CopyTrans and connect your iDevice. Wait until your music library is loaded.
Select which folder on your computer you want to back up your tracks to.
CopyTrans will now start backing up all your iPhone tracks to the folder your choice.
Follow the steps 1-2 from the Simple mode paragraph.
Click Classic mode button:
After your library is loaded, switch the setting to “Manual Backup” in the top-left corner.
Select the tracks you wish to transfer from iPhone to your PC. You can transfer playlists, individual songs, or the entire music library.
Now, to copy music from iPhone to a folder on your computer, click on the Folder button and select a destination on your PC.
If you are ready to put music from iPhone to computer, hit “Start Backup”.
СopyTrans compares the size of your backup with the free space available in the selected destination to make sure the transfer goes smoothly.
Backup status, remaining time and size of processed files are shown on the progress bar during the transfer.
The job is done! Your iPhone music has been safely transferred to the computer.
Note: CopyTrans provides 100% free from duplicates backup, so if you have previously copied any of your tracks to your destination folder, they won’t be imported.
By default we use iTunes backup structure: main Music folder > Album > Artist > songs. If you don’t like the default settings, you can easily change your backup structure by clicking on the Customize button.
For example, leave both Music subfolders empty as it is shown on the following screenshot. This will store all your music files in one folder. Click OK to start the transfer.
Run the Music App on your iPhone, identify the albums or songs that were purchased off the iTunes Store but are not available for offline use
Tap the three dots on the right of any such album or song
Tap “Make available offline”
Once the track downloads to the iPhone, CopyTrans will display it in the main program window with the rest of the local iPhone songs. Just re-connect the device to the PC while CopyTrans is running and switch CopyTrans to the Classic mode.
How to transfer music from iPhone to computer: classic mode
BONUS: Customize your backup structure
NOTE: CopyTrans will remember your preferences for the next backup.
I don’t see all my tracks in CopyTrans
If you don’t see some or all of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch music tracks in the main CopyTrans window, please read the below article.
CopyTrans will not display:
– tracks purchased from the iTunes Store that are not saved locally (offline) on the iDevice;
– tracks synced with iCloud Music Library and sourced from Apple Music;
– songs, videos and podcasts that are saved outside the default Music, Videos, Photos, and Podcasts apps.
Therefore, CopyTrans only displays local non-Apple Music* tracks. These are, for example, songs that you copied from a computer to the iPhone, or songs that you purchased from the iTunes Store and available for offline play.
Download tracks to iPhone so that they are seen by CopyTrans
Note that the following steps will only work for songs that you purchased off the iTunes Store.
*About Apple Music and DRM protection
Apple Music tracks are DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected. This means that you cannot freely transfer songs sourced from Apple Music to a PC, even if the songs are downloaded for offline use on your iPhone. When you enable iCloud Music Library on the iPhone, the local iPhone songs are matched with Apple Music database.
Your library is then seamlessly populated with DRM-protected copies of your songs originating from Apple Music until you choose to disable iCloud Music Library. CopyTrans will not display such tracks.
If you want to know how to add music to your iPhone without iTunes, check out free iTunes alternative – CopyTrans Manager.