How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone with/without iTunes

These days, the most efficient file for your music is MP3. Everyone uses MP3’s because they are small, compact files, but they have a sound quality that is comparable to physical media. Most online music stores sell the songs in downloadable MP3 format. Because of this, you might find yourself wanting to transfer MP3 to iPhone from your computer.

How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone

There are 2 main methods of transferring MP3 to iPhone, and you’ll probably notice that one of them is easier than the other:

01 Transfer MP3 to iPhone Using iTunes

The first, and least preferable way, is to use iTunes to transfer the MP3 files. Here is how you can do that:

Step 1: Start iTunes on your computer. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes.
Step 2: Plug your iPhone into your computer and click iPhone device tab.
Step 3: Go to “File > Add File to Library/Add Folder to Library”. This will import the MP3 files that you want to iTunes.
Step 4: Click “Music” from the left-side menu and check “Sync Music”, you can choose “Entire music library” or “Seleted playlists, artists, albums, and genres”. Then click “Apply”.
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This will allow you to transfer MP3 to your iPhone, but your current music on iPhone will be covered. You will lose your existing iPhone music.

Besides, if your iPhone is synchronized with one computer, you cannot copy MP3 to iPhone from another computer. Or everything on your iPhone will be erased as you can see below.

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02 Transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes

You can also transfer MP3 without iTunes, and this is the best method. Instead of using iTunes, you can use iTunes alternative such as iMyFone TunesMate, which will give you a lot more control over your files than iTunes does. It’s also way easier to transfer MP3 files to iPhone, and even preview them before you decide which ones you want to transfer.

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So how can we transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes?

Step 1: Make sure you have TunesMate on your PC and connect your iPhone to it.
Step 2: Look for the “Music” tab on TunesMate. Click on “Music” from the left. Click “Add > Add File/Folder” to where you locate the MP3 files.
Step 3: Select the MP3 you want to transfer and hit “Open” to start.

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Let’s say that you want to transfer the songs that you have on iTunes, though. You can easily do this with TunesMate as well. Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to computer.
Step 2: Choose “Transfer iTunes Media to Device” and then check “Music” to Transfer.

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That’s it. As you can see, it’s even easier than using iTunes itself. To avoid you have duplicate songs on iPhone, it only helps you to transfer the music which are missing.

  • Besides this, TunesMate has other great features to manage or transfer iPhone music of course.
  • You can transfer music from iPhone to computer.
  • You can transfer purchases and non-purchased items from iPhone and rebuild your iTunes library.
  • You can manage and transfer music playlists.
  • You can remove unwanted music from your iPhone in bulk.
  • Or you can even edit your music as you like from your iPhone.
  • It also supports other media files and you can manage them conveniently on your PC.

Which Method is Better?

Metrics
TunesMate
iTunes
Transfer MP3 from PC to iPhone directly
yes
Transfer MP3 from different iTunes libraries
yes
Transfer files from iPhone to iTunes
yes
yes
Two-directional transmission
yes
Transfer music with different formats
yes
Preserve original data
yes
Transfer data selectively
yes
Supports unlimited devices
yes

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