Apple does not make it easy to transfer music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer. Using the iTunes application, you can only copy music that you’ve purchased from iTunes Store. For songs from other sources such as downloaded from the Internet or ripped from CDs, it won’t work.
Luckily, there are some alternatives that can help you transfer both purchased and non-purchased songs. In this article, I will show you such applications and how to use them. Let’s dive right in!
Method 1: Using iTunes – Purchased Music Only
As I stated, this method only allows you to transfer songs purchased from iTunes to authorized computers. So if your music collections are not purchased from iTunes, feel free to skip this one and move on to the two other methods right beneath.
Step 1: Install iTunes on your PC or Mac.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer. If this is the first time you connect your iOS device to the computer, an alert asking whether you trust the computer will appear. Tap “Trust” to allow its access to content on your device.
Step 3: In iTunes, click File > Device > Transfer Purchases from *your iPhone’s name*. iTunes will then start transferring the songs. The process may take a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the amount of music.
Step 4: After the transfer, click Recently Added on the left side of the iTunes window. There you can find all the songs you’ve copied.
- To download music from iTunes onto your PC/Mac, click the Download icon next to the songs.
- If you don’t see the Download button, the music is already on your computer. Right-click on it, then select “Show in Windows Explorer” (Windows) / “Show in Finder” (Mac) to open the directory containing the song.
Method 2: Using WinX MediaTrans – Windows
WinX MediaTrans is the iOS device management application that supports two-way transfer, which means you can easily sync songs, playlists, albums from your computer to iPhone, iPad and iPad or vice versa. The trial copy allows you to transfer up to 30 songs per day.
Note: iFunbox no longer works on Windows so I decided to replace it with a new application. Winx MediaTrans is the best among the programs I’ve tried.
Below are the steps involved to copy your songs from your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your computer using this software.
Step 1: Go to WinX MediaTrans’ download page, then download and install it on your computer.
Step 2: Hook up your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your computer and run the program.
Step 3: Step into the music transfer interface by clicking on “Music Manager” from the main window. The app will then load and show you original music files from your iPhone/iPad.
Step 4: Now select songs you’d like to copy to your computer and click “Export” to batch transfer them. The trial copy only allows you to transfer up to 30 tracks/day, so take note of that. You can also export a single song by clicking the “Export” button next to the song’s name when hovering the mouse pointer over it.
After the transfer is done, a new File Explorer window will pop up opening the folder that saves the music files.
In addition to the Music Manager module, WinX MediaTrans also have other functional modules such as Video & Photo Transfer, iBooks Manager, Ringtone Maker and Flash Drive.
Method 3: Using iFunbox – Mac
iFunbox is a free software for Windows and Mac that lets you manage content on your iOS device. There are some other applications out there that provide similar functions but most of them are paid software with free restricted demos.
The application allows you to transfer music, ringtones, photos, videos, voice memos from your iPhone, iPad, iPad to your computer and vice versa, for free. Recently, iFunbox for Windows has an issue with accessing content on iOS devices. Luckily, it still works very well with Mac computers.
Below is the tutorial on how to use this software to export music from your iOS device to your Mac.
Step 1: Download iFunbox for Mac and install it.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone, iPod, iPad to your Mac.
Step 3: Your device will appear on the left side of the windows, select Raw File System.
Step 4: Navigate to iTunes_Control > Music. There you will find several folders named something like F00, F01,… that contain mp3 files.
Right-Click and select “Select all” to select all these folders, then click on “Copy to Mac”. You will be prompted to select a folder.
Step 5: After you choose a folder, music files will be transferred to your Mac automatically, but they are saved in multiple subfolders. We need to move all the files to a single folder. To do so, navigate to the folder you’ve copied songs to. Type “.mp3” into the search box in that window.
By default, this will show you all the mp3 files on your computer. Just choose the folder name to select only mp3 files within it, like in the screenshot above.
Step 6: Select all the files, copy them to a new folder. Then you can delete the old one with all its subfolders.
Now all the music files are saved in a single folder. Their names look ugly as they look like being generated from random characters. You can open them in a music player application like iTunes, they will show up with its title so you can select and play songs easily.
If you want to batch rename these files based on their titles from metadata, you can use a free application like Tag Editor for Mac.
After installing Tag Editor, open it. Click the “Open…” button, then select the music folder. Tag Editor will import all the mp3 files.
In the File name column, select the first cell, hold the Shift button, then select the last cell, all the file names will be selected.
Now click the three-dot icon next to the last file name. Check the “Title” option and choose “Rename”. All your music files will be renamed properly along with their titles. Finally, click “Save” to apply changes.
That’s how you can transfer songs from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer.
Once you’ve imported the files, you can enjoy your music library right from the computer or share them with your friends.
Have you tried these methods? Or do you see other uses for copying music from iPhone to PC? Let me know in the comments below.