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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

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.

  1. Download and install CopyTrans from the following page. Refer to the Installation guide if necessary.

  2. Run CopyTrans and connect your iDevice. Wait until your music library is loaded. Connect your iPhone and wait

  3. Click ‘Folder’. Transfer music to folder with CopyTrans

  4. Select which folder on your computer you want to back up your tracks to. Folder location selection CopyTrans

  5. CopyTrans will now start backing up all your iPhone tracks to the folder your choice.

  6. How to transfer music from iPhone to computer: classic mode

    1. Follow the steps 1-2 from the Simple mode paragraph.

    2. Click Classic mode button: Classic mode button CopyTrans

    3. After your library is loaded, switch the setting to “Manual Backup” in the top-left corner. Switch to the Manual Backup mode

    4. Select the tracks you wish to transfer from iPhone to your PC. You can transfer playlists, individual songs, or the entire music library.Select the tracks or playlists you wish to transfer from iPhone to PC"

    5. Now, to copy music from iPhone to a folder on your computer, click on the Folder button and select a destination on your PC.Select the folder on your PC where you want to transfer the track from iPhone

    6. 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.
      If you are ready, hit Start Backup Button

    7. Backup status, remaining time and size of processed files are shown on the progress bar during the transfer. Backup in progress

    8. The job is done! Your iPhone music has been safely transferred to the computer.How to save iPhone music to PC
      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.

    BONUS: Customize your backup structure

    1. 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.iTunes default backup structure

    2. 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. Customize: have all your tracks in one folder

    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.

    1. 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

    2. Tap the three dots on the right of any such album or song iphone music app list of albums

    3. Tap “Make available offline” make purchased song available offline on iphone

    4. 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. main copytrans window with listed songs

    *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. music settings on iphone ios 8

    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.
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