How do I copy music onto my Apple iPhone from iTunes?
I'm stumped. With my iPod I simply drag and drop the music I want to take with me from my library onto the iPod on the left side of iTunes, but my Apple iPhone doesn't allow me to do that. How the heck do I put songs on the iPhone without synchronizing my entire (massive) music library?
As with much to do with the iPhone, there's a bit of a trick to getting this working smoothly so you can have control over your iPhone music, while keeping it as darn easy to work with as possible. The answer? Create a custom playlist for your iPhone music library.
Let me show you how to do it - it's pretty darn easy.
Pop into iTunes and choose File --> New Playlist. Now rename it to something logical: I use "iPhone Sync":
Now you can just drag and drop music from your iTunes library (in iTunes, needless to say) into this new playlist. When you're ready, you'll see a bunch of music happily ensconced in the playlist (remember, it's all just "pointers": the actual music files are still safely in the main music library, so if you delete something from a playlist , you haven't deleted the original music file itself):
Notice here on the very bottom of the iTunes window it shows you how many songs are in the playlist, along with the size and total playing time. For my current playlist, it's 140 songs, 10.1 hours, for a total file size of 851MB, no problem for my 4GB Apple iPhone.
At this point, you need to plug in your iPhone if you haven't already done so. It'll pop up the usual summary screen:
Cool. Now click on the "Music" tab and you'll see that you can select "sync playlist". Do that, then select the new iPhone sync playlist you've created, as shown here:
Set things up just as I have shown and that's all there is to it. Now click "Sync" in iTunes and it'll synchronize your playlist with the iPhone music library and next time you click on that ole' "iPod" button on the iPhone, your selections from you music library will be present.
Oh, and one really nice feature of creating this playlist is that you can manage it, adding and deleting songs to your heart's desire, even without your iPhone present. Whatever changes you make are instantly applied to your iPhone music library the very next time you synchronize the device. Suddenly even 8GB might feel small. :-)
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Reader Comments To Date: 647
Thankyou : )
I was ready to throw my iPhone up the wall, not to mention my lap top!
You are my god, You have made my day/night and through to the next morning!!! yes its taken me that long but is done....thxs
First off, thanks for the help.
I purchased a 16G 3S iphone and was able to transfer my entire itunes library of 1578 songs to it. My only concern is that those 1578 songs ate up 9.3 gigs. I plan on downloaded more songs (I usually add 5-10 a week) plus I'll be adding a bunch of apps. I will also be using the phone to take pictures/videos but do not plan on saving them on my phone but rather sending them to my PC and saving them there. Is the 16G big enough or should I have gotten the 32G?
Dave, I'm relatively new to itunes so you just saved me a ton of aggravation. Thanks! Craig
Dave, thank you SOOOO much! I'm not technologically inclined whatsoever...and you just saved me.
thanks some times i can be so dumb
Hi dave. I am a desperate man. My computer has had a bit of a breakdown and I think I am resigned to activating a full system restore to make it well again. Unfortunatelly I have some 900 odd songs in my iTunes library which are sitting somewhere on my hard drive. I have spoken to apple and they seem confident that I will be able to recover my PURCHASED items after a Format but that is only a third of my collection. Is there anyway or any software that will allow me to transfer everything back into my iTunes library from my iPod or iPhone. Thanks for listening
Why to rock the simplicity... Thanks!
thanks so much!!!!! i couldn't for the life of me figure out how to do that!
just click and drag from your itunes songs to the icon for the iphone on the sidebar of itunes (iphone must be plugged in. ) this will add songs.
if you want to delete songs one by one, open up the music subicon and you will see all the songs of the iphone in the intunes main window, double tap and select delete for the songs you want deleted.
I tried going through the steps you outline, in order to transfer music I purchased from itunes on my computer to my iphone, but I keep getting warnings that once I sync, I will be replacing all of my music on my iphone with the music in my itunes library. All I want to do is add music to my iphone (from itunes) not replace my existing music. Is there any way to do that?
Thnx for the help.Very Useful
Hi Dave, Many thanks, worked a treat. My 10 year old has informed me that I've gone from Daddy Doughnut to Daddy Cool. (She thinks I worked it out myself) Cheers
I just bought a song from itunes. How do I get it on a flash drive?
i agree with jeff because i have a iphone too and mine is iphone 3GS and i really dont know much about computers but every other website on trying to do this has turned out in a dissaster and has lied and has coused viruses to my computer why do you do this to people you shouldnt lie and misslead people to cuase problems would you like to pay for my computer viruses and getting my computer fixed and buying me a new iphone because i really do need one i will sighn a law suite and it will not be pretty
please i just bought my iphone and wanna download music on it via itune but it says.. " the sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported" i already went to my sim carriers and they told me that its ok.. what will i do??
i have my iphone 3gs about one year (and have downloaded songs onto it, followed all of your inst. above worked like a treat) ... and during that time i did not turn on genius...today i made that mistake and it will now not allow me to hear my tunes which i did not buy from itunes 'e.g. the album 'spanish train' could not be found as the original could not be located, do i want to locate it?' i have had this album many years and do not have a file location for it , this is happening with many other songs too......HELP!!!!
how can i get rid of genius playlist tks
When I get to the
;At this point, you need to plug in your iPhone if you haven't already done so. It'll pop up the usual summary screen' part, I've re done it over and over again, but the summary screen never comes up.
There is a very simple way to do this and I don't think it has been addressed. Follow these steps:
1> Open iTunes
2> Plug in iPhone
3> When the iPhone shows up under devices, Right click on it and go to "transfer purchases"
That is it.
thank you so much!!! you are a genius!!!!!
Hey, i was wondering as i bought my iphone from singapore and im using it in australia and the last time i updated my iphone it got stuffed and i was thinking if i click yes to = "the iphone "2g" is synced with another itunes library. Do you want to erase this iphone with the contents of this itunes library?" would it get stuffed as it is from a different country?
i have got iphone 2G 8GB from UK.I downloaded itunes from net on my computer but after that i am not able to get pictures in my iphone from my computer...so please tell me how can i get pictures from computer to my iphone..& also please tell me which is suitable version of itunes for iphone 2G 8GB...& how can i get my songs as ringtones???..& please tell me can I make a video from my iphone 2G??...please sir reply me as soon as possible...i willbe very thankful to u.
Gracias! I was really stuck, so thanks a lot for making it easy.
Thanks ,great help you made it really easy!!
Hi I am bougth iPhone but I don't know how to downlord Tamil songs and games please let me know
i purchased iphone3gs in dubai.i want download musi,videos.which type of videos can be played in it?please send it immediately.i am waiting....
Thank You so much, this was a great help!!
Dude, you rock! I've been trying to figure out how to sync my iphone with my itunes for weeks, every evening when I would get a few minutes, I would mess around with it. Nothing worked. I know it should be a no brainer, but it wasn't for me. Found your website, followed the instructions an voila! Awesome! I am so excited, now I can keep purchasing the music I love AND sync it to my iphone, Thank you!!
It's working....Thank you boss.
This was really helpful!!
These were the simplest instructions to follow & it made my life so much easier! Thanks
Ive clickedonto the music tab after plugging in my iphone, but its greyed out so I cant press/click anything, do I need to change a setting??
Hi I can not do it at all:( I try for 3 night it does not work :(when I pluf my iphone to computer its go to zipe file and transfer a picture. i can not do anythings el s:(
Before I stumbled upon this eye opening article I had already plugged in my iPhone and clicked sync, but I guess my phone didn't have enough space for all my songs so it put random ones onto my iPhone. Now I want to put songs I've selected to be on here that are my favorites, but when I plug it into my computer nothing happens, it doesn't start to sync or anything, and the page that woul say "maddies iPhone" isn't popping up. Please help!
how can i copy videos into iphone2G using itunes
plz give me complete description
is dis possible
Thanx a ton mate..ur a superstar :)
hi dave, pls can u tell me how to tranfer music from my laptop to my iphone,when i connect iphone to itunes, it doesn;t show;s the music which i have in my laptop.i tranfer some of the music video's using photo;s option in the itunes but i cant trasfer music.i have 9.1.1iphone and 3.1.1 itunes,pls help.
WOW........... these instructions were so easy to follow your a genius thank you so much, now im 1 happy lady with great music on my iphone. Thanks again you rock!!!!!!! xxxx
thank you very much. very good
Thank u. thanks a lot... u hav solved my problem of 2 mnths
Thanks, Dave. It is very nice of you to help us "newbies" to iPhone.
Thanks so much - This really helped ! :)
thanks for the useful tut.
my god, why the hell doesn't the i phone have directions like this? i was going crazy and you made it so damn easy! i love you!
kk i did everything above ... i tryed waiting and also tryed plugging it in first then starting itunes..... ITS DOESNT WORK ... nothing pop-up just my picture stuff -_-
i read your instructions for created a playlist in order to transfer songs from itunes into the iphone but have a question....
I have a couple thousand songs checked off in itunes that i want to put into the new "iphonesynch" playlist folder but how do i move just those checked songs into that folder without moving the unchecked ones too? there's got to be a way besides moving them one song at a time isnt there? Please tell me how.
Hi there, have followed your instructions and created a playlist, managed to drag and drop songs all set to go plugged in iphone but no pop up screen appears to sync...what am i doing wrong arrrrrrgh its so frustrating. could really do with ur help please
I have a PC and I am running an old Iphone software version. 3.1.3 (7E18) on a 3G
I did not want to update to 4.0 version feeling this should not be necessary so I kept trying. Anyhoodle, my mistake may be very basic but I hope it helps some of you.
I was just trying to get music over to my phone. that's it. and stolen files from limewire. Could care less about syncing everything but I got multiple error messages at different sync stages: with yahoo contact not syncing or there 'not being an internet connection' or ‘photos cannot be updated because of missing folder’... all these error messages disrupting the sync before even getting to the music sync portion.
I kept syncing anyway (someone said it took them many tries). Well I finally realized my remedy. Here is what I did, beginning with taking the new music files and adding them to the itunes playlist which I was attempting to update to my iphone:
1. Drag new music files into itunes playlist
2. Go to music tab of itunes and click sync (bottom right).
3. After error message appears, check the playlist to which you just added new music files. (You may need to try the sync many times, even if you are getting the same error because you want to induce the result of 4. below)
4. Find the music file(s) you recently moved into that playlist. They should now be marked on the left side of the playlist, right next to the song name checkbox, with a small exclamation point or question mark, denoting an file error. Or perhaps Itunes cannot find it? Whatever
5. Double click on the music file that is demarked as such
6. A prompt will appear asking to find the file
7. Find the file, wherever you put it, and double click it.
8. The music file should start playing in itunes now, confirming the file was found
9. Now, click sync again in the music tab of itunes and it should sync the new files to your iphone
I followed the step by step procedure for adding songs to iphone as per Dave. Finally after sync, my old songs frm the iphone gets deleted. I m able to add music but my old songs will nt b there.. please help me to find a solution for this. I m using new iphone 32GB.
I was able to go through all your steps above and created my "iphone sync" playlist, sync'd, etc..but when I disconnected my iPhone and checked my "IPOD" I did not have any of the playlist songs on my phone. I connected my iPhone back into my PC and clicked on 'Music' and I do see my entire playlist. But I don't see it on my iPhone...what am I doing wrong?
Here is my problem; I like to be organized and I have material that I have that I put into itunes but it isnt in the proper location. I have a book but it is in the music section, cause it is an mp3 yet how do you put it in the books section?
Anita, did you plug in your iPod, then go to the iPod area in iTunes and double check that you have *that playlist* sync'ing with the device? Then do a sync?
Shawn, I'll work up a new article on that subject, but in a nutshell, choose the audio book track, then in File -> Get Info... choose the "Options" tab and you'll see a pull-down where you can specify music type. Choose "Audiobooks" and it vanishes into the confusing audio book area of iTunes and your iPod. :-)
Thanx. It was easy and simple...
My son just got the iphone3g. when he tried to sync and add music it is looking for microsoft 2000 premium, I do not have that file, is it something I need in order to put the music from itunes onto the phone? Or How do I put the music from Itunes onto the iphone? Lois
How do you delete photos that where sinked from iTunes from an iPad?
Thanks so much for your help. You are much better than the Apple technicians.
I had to do it a bit differently. I have a Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 and iTunes 9.2. When I plug in my iPhone 3GS under Devices in iTunes, my iPhone appears. Then below and a bit to the right the following appear: Music, Movies, TV Shows, Ringtones, and Voice Memos. In order to add my Playlists to my iPhone I have to drag the playlist to "Music." It will appear under "Ringtones" and above "Voice Memos." It will then automatically sync to my iPhone. I hope this helps others.
Excellent advice!! Simply written, simply explained, thanks David... if only instruction manuals could be written by someone like yourself!!!
Hi.. I just bought this apple iphone and wish to download some music.. please help. I tried to download from the phone itself but it keeps saying 'download' for a very long time but nothings comes out. Thnx
Hi,Julie! if you want to download music to your apple iphone, you should be aware of the conversion problems, because your iphone may not support certain format.Here is some reference for you : [url=http://www.videofileconverter.org/]convert avi to ipod[/url]...
I'm stuck. I have a new Iphone 3gs. I can't get the music from itunes onto the iphone. When I look at the music folder (under the iphone) it shows the music, but it doesn't show up on the iphone!? At my wits end - could you possibly advise?
When coming to the music tab bit, I can't add new music without it saying it will replace all other music on my iPhone. Why? The way I normally add music won't work either, the music on my phone is coming up in grey writing and I can't do anything with it?
This problem has only just come about and I have never had a problem like this before. Please Help
If I were not a happily married woman, I'd buy ya dinner. You just saved me from, yet another, 1 hour on hold waiting for Apple to fix the mess they made of my phone. Long story :)
Done. Got my music back on my Pod. Funny thing though, the Lovely Lady at Apple said it couldn't be done. Duh :)
I bought you that cup of coffee and stuck you in my Reader. I know it's cramped in there, but I bet you survive being squished a bit :)
Thank you so much Dave. I can't possibly go to the Gym in the morning without my Funk. I need the funk, gotta have the funk :)
Hi Dave, my son gave me his iphone. He deleted his songs but left the apps on. I created a playlist in my itunes as you suggested but when trying to sync I receive the message "the iphone is synched with another itunes library" Can you point me to the solution? Many thanks
i have tried your trick but when i conect my iphon to my pc it doesn't pop up in i-tunes. what shoud i do?
mine is not even showing sync,and its not even showing summary on the itune list so pls help me out
how do i copy my contacts from the iphone before i restore it? phone is acting up by cutting out during
omgg you're an angel < 3!
thanks so much !
Hello Mr Dave
I was given a 3gb iphone last month and i put my t-mobile chip in. i tried to download some music from my PC and it asked me to upgrade which i click yes not knowing what it might do. now it has upgraded it to 4.2 and has block my phone. i have taken it every were trying to get it unlock but i'v been told 4.2 version software is not in yet. please please is there any thing you can do as i feel lost without it.
How can I get music not purchased from itunes, just copied from cds, etc. on my iphone. Will only sync purchased from itunes music.
Hi Dave..im challeneged anyways in the electronics world..but when i try to copy music from i tunes on my pc ..and drag to the new folder..my computer won't let me do it.it will let me copy the tunes to the existing DJ on computer..but not to any folder..i think it has something to do with fact that im running a pc..not a mac? help???
thanks so much
hi how i copy song pc to iphone
Hi Thanks heaps for the information. I have just recently purchased my first iphone and finding it not very user friendly. I got a tiny little booklet in the box and not much else.. without people like you i would have spent years trying to figure it all out!
Thanks a million
Hi Dave, I just bought the new ipod touch. I have itunes on my laptop but the music in my library is from limewire. The laptop that i have has 2 broken usb ports. is there a way that i can download my music on to my ipod? can I open my itunes account on my work computer and download from there? will my limewire music download? In otherwords will my current library open on a different computer? I am so confused with this whole process. thanks in advance for your help.
Thank you so much for this site. I bought an unlocked Iphone and could not figure out how to upload my bought CDs to the phone. With this page, I finally got it right. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. DH
thanks - intuitive it definitley aint!
Nice tutorial. Because its very convoluted to get music onto the iPod, it is not obvious. This tutorial helped me greatly.
Hi Dave! thank you! I did it! Tutorial for beginners helped too:-)
Dave: I have a problem. I was updating my iPhone software as suggested. Everything was going fine until I got an error message stating that the iPhone could not be restored due to an unknown error. Now my iPhone doesn't work. None of the buttons work now. There is only a picture of the end of an isb cable with an arrow pointing toward a cd that says iTunes. Please help!
is it possible to convert songs into ringtones pls let me now
Hi Dave. Your site has been a great discovery. I have been able to transfer photos and music to my iphone without calling my sister's IT genius boyfriend. Feel very proud of myself. Step by step instructions were very easy to follow and worked first time. Thank you so much for all your help. I will be back when I decide what else I want my phone to do.
When I drag the song from the library to the playlist I get an exclamation mark next to the song and it does not appear in the playlist. Please help.
Thanks a lot! Easy Easy Easy - Your explanation where like drinking water from the sink .... xoxo
THANK YOU SO MUCH !
BIG HELP =))
Awesome...I've been trying to transfer music to my iphone from itunes for the past two days. thanks for the help... more helpful than itunes, apple, etc...
Thanks for your help..... I was trying for hours but with this article I was done in just 5 mins.
Thanks so much for this article! One thing I'd suggest to make things simpler. Instead of dragging/dropping songs into the playlist, hold Ctrl and click all the songs you want added, then right click on the higlighted area and select "add to playlist". Select the playlist you want them added to and voila! SOOOOO much faster! This article made transferring a snap!
i hate them....... i dont know how to download songs.. i nned to know how to do it for a class...PLEASE HELP ME DAVE!!!!!!!!!!
I tried to follow your steps above to download music to my iphone from itunes but when I plug my phone in I just get my Adobe photo shop and all my pictures come up from my iphone it says u need to upgrade to 9.2 or above but i have 10.1
Than you so much. I love you forever.
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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