How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer

Ever wanted to transfer music from your iPhone to your computer but couldn’t figure out how?

It’s actually not that hard.

In this article, I’m going to show you two methods to do so. You can choose to use iTunes, which is the device management software made by Apple, or a third-party application.


Method 1: Using iTunes

Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If this is the first time the two devices are connected, you’ll be prompted to trust the computer on your iPhone. Tap “Trust” to continue.

Step 3: Click File on the upper left corner of iTunes window. Then select Devices > Transfer Purchases from “Your iPhone name”.

Step 4: iTunes will transfer the songs automatically. After the transfer, you will get the music back in the Music Library folder of iTunes.

The drawback of this method is it is only available when your songs are purchased from iTunes. It’s said that this restriction is designed to discourage casual piracy. If your songs are from sources other than iTunes, you’ll need an alternative, which will be covered in the next part.


Method 2: Using WinX MediaTrans

WinX MediaTrans is one of the popular alternatives to iTunes. This application supports two-way transfer, which means you can easily sync songs, playlists, albums from your computer to iPhone or vice versa.

Below are the steps involved to copy your songs from your iPhone to your computer using this software.

Step 1: Go to WinX MediaTrans’ download page, then download and install it on your computer. It also has a free version for Mac as well.

Step 2: Hook up your iPhone to your computer and run the program.

Step 3: Step into the iPhone 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”. Your songs will be transferred to the computer in a matter of seconds.

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.


Yep, it’s really that simple! That’s how you can transfer songs from your iPhone or iPad 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.

What about you? Have you tried this?

Do you see other uses for copying music from iPhone to PC? Let me know in the comments below.

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