There are quite a few flaws with Apple's mobile products, and one that drives me crazy is their reliance upon iTunes for all your music syncing needs. If you want a song on your iPhone, you pretty much have to use iTunes to get it on there. Either that or buy it directly from the iTunes app on your device. Now, don't get me wrong, iTunes is a good way to buy and organize your music library, but sometimes you just don't want to be locked down like that. So what are the alternatives? You'll probably be surprised, but there's actually more than one way to put music on your iPhone without using iTunes! Option 1: Cloud Services There are some free, big-name cloud services that will let you upload your music collection to play on your iPhone, on or offline, and I'll be covering three of them below before we get to other options.
Google Play Music One of the best cloud-based music streaming apps is, which allows users to upload up to 50,000 of their own songs for free. Without ever paying a dime, you can upload your music to the cloud, listen to it on any device, and even stream Google's entire music library if you're willing to put up with a few ads. Google Play Music's desktop player. Adding your music library to Google Play is incredibly easy, though you'll need a computer to handle the initial upload.
For more information on this part of the process, make sure to visit our full guide below: Don't Miss: In addition to serving as an online home for your music library, Google Play Music is a music store in the same vein as iTunes. When you purchase songs or albums through the Google Play Music app, they'll immediately be added to your library, which then allows you to save a copy of the MP3 to your phone or computer. Beyond just streaming your own music, Google Play Music offers an optional subscription service called that lets you stream Google's entire music library for free and without ads. The service costs $9.99/month for an individual account, but the $14.99 family plan can be split six ways to save some serious cash. On top of that, All Access comes with the ad-free YouTube service,, so Google Play Music is a great option here. Amazon Music If you're not a Google person, Amazon also has a cloud music service that works with your iPhone called. However, unlike Google's offer for 50,000 songs, Amazon only allows a measly 250 songs from your own music collection to be uploaded to the cloud ( Note: MP3s purchased from Amazon don't count against your cap).
In the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch; in iTunes on your Mac or PC; or in the Apple Music app on your Android phone, go to For You, Browse, or Search to view songs and albums available with Apple Music. AnyTrans – Best iPhone Muisc Transfer. Download AnyTrans on your Mac or PC to transfer music and more between computer and iPhone. Now read on to learn how to download music from iMac/MacBook/Mac mini to iPhone.
Beyond that, you can either pay $24.99 per year to store up to 250,000 of your own songs, or you can use your Amazon Prime membership to get access to over a million streaming songs with Amazon Prime Music. Another nice feature is the ability to 'star' songs or groups of songs for offline play. Dropbox is a super easy way to get new songs onto your iPhone and play them anywhere, anytime. If only you could create playlists, I may never need another music player again.
Option 2: iTunes Alternatives Don't want to use any of the big services? Here are a few programs you can use in place of iTunes to transfer music from your computer to your iPhone. CopyTrans Manager for Windows If you're a Windows user, there's a free program called that can fully replace iTunes and relieves you of some of its common annoyances. The freeware allows for on-the-go edits, drag-and-drop additions to your library, and can be copied to a flash drive for management on multiple PCs. CopyTrans Manager also transfers your iTunes library to its own music player. This is great for people who already have a bunch of music on iTunes and are afraid of losing those songs by using another service.
Media Monkey for Windows is another free media player for Windows computers. Once installed, Media Monkey will scan your computer for audio files and automatically add them to the library.
You can also sync your iPhone to Media Monkey and avoid iTunes altogether. The program utilizes add-ons and has a bunch of customizable skins and features. You can download the free version or opt for the Gold edition, which runs for $24.95. The Gold edition includes a few extras like the automatic library organizer and faster CD burning speeds. If you don't want to buy Gold outright, you can also get a free copy by completing an offer with one of Media Monkey's partners (Apple, Gamefly, GAP). Media Monkey only recently added compatibility with Apple products, but it's got all the features of iTunes and more.
Check their to see if your device is compatible. Option 3: Cydia Tweaks for Jailbroken iPhones If your iPhone is, you can use to import music directly onto your device. Unfortunately, most of these tweaks have become outdated recently, so we only have one left to recommend at this time. There is currently no working jailbreak method for iOS 10.3.x versions, but if you're still running iOS 10.2 or lower, you can use this guide to get started: Don't Miss: Bridge Bridge is an awesome Cydia application that allows you to import music and videos to your media library right from your phone. No need to plug into a computer or sync with iTunes. Any media file that you have on your iPhone can be imported into your media library.
If friends send you songs via email or if you download some music from Dropbox, you can use Bridge to add them to your iPhone's music library in seconds. Image by Cydia/ Bridge is available for $1.99 from the, and is compatible with all iOS devices — even those running iOS 10.2. Option 4: Streaming Radio Of course, one of the most convenient ways to 'add' music to your phone is via a streaming music player.,,, and are a few popular music apps that let you stream music on your iPhone. Just sign up for any of these free services and begin listening to new music instantly. Android Sdk For Mac Free Download. The free versions of most of these applications do come with intermittent ads, but they can be removed with a paid app upgrade or monthly subscription.
And don't forget about YouTube, either. The app and the website are both pretty good for finding new, old, and hard to find music and playing it wherever and whenever you want. You may not be able to store those songs on your iPhone, but you do have access to a seemingly unlimited media library on the go.
Know any other ways to download or transfer music to your iPhone without iTunes? Have you tried any of these apps or programs already? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Share on Facebook Tweet this Share If you just got a shiny new iPod or iPhone and need help putting your music on it then you’re in luck. We’ve outlined the simple steps to get your device up and running without any guesswork. 1. Download iTunes. You can find the latest version for free.
Add songs to your iTunes library. Open iTunes and go to “File” and then select “Add Folder to Library”. Import all the music folders on your computer using this method. You can also add music by purchasing songs from the iTunes music store.
Connect your device. Connect your device to your computer using your USB cable. If you’d like to connect wirelessly, scroll down this page to the following section that will guide you through the process.
Decide which music to import. You can import your entire catalog of music if your device has the required capacity. If not, then make a playlist with a smaller selection of songs that will fit on your iPod or iPhone.
Sync your device. Now it’s time to sync your device, click on the “iPod/iPhone” icon in the left hand column of iTunes. Next click on the “Music” button in the top bar. Make sure the “Sync Music” box is checked. If you’re syncing your whole library then check “Entire music library.” If you’re just syncing a playlist then check “Selected playlists, artists, and genres” and select the playlist you made for your iPod or iPhone. Now select the “Sync” button in the bottom right hand corner of iTunes.
ITunes will begin syncing your device and will notify you when it’s complete. Eject your device. Once the sync is complete select the small arrow eject button next to the iPod/iPhone icon under devices.
Your device is now ready to listen to. How to wirelessly sync your iPod or iPhone to your computer. If you’ve developed a fear of cables in the past few years, don’t worry. Apple has your back.
With iOS 5, Apple gave users the option of syncing their devices wirelessly through a Wi-Fi connection. Here’s a quick rundown on how to set this up.
Get updated. First of all, you’ll need iOS 5 or higher. Get the latest version on your iPhone/iPod/iPad by tapping Settings >General >Software Update, and choosing the Download and Install button.
Get connected. Once your iPod/Pad/Phone is running iOS 5, the next step is to make sure your computer is connected to a wireless network, and is running iTunes. Power up. Plug in your iDevice to a power source. Find your device. On your iDevice, navigate to Settings >General >iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. Here you should see a list of computers connected to the wireless network. Sync your device. Choose the computer with which you’d like to sync and tap the Sync Now button. If everything worked correctly, your device will now automatically sync wirelessly to your computer whenever each are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This guide to downloading music to your iPod or iPhone has been updated to include steps for wireless syncing, an option that did not exist at the time of the article’s initial publication.