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There are many reasons why you wonder "how to transfer purchased music from iPhone to iTunes".

  • It could be that you accidentally deleted your library and you want to restore it.
  • It could be that you simply downloaded music onto your iPhone and you want to sync all of your devices.
  • Or it would be that you want to share your purchased music with friends.

Either way, read up on these various methods below in order to do this.

Part 1: Transfer Purchased Music from iPhone to iTunes Using iTunes

The first way that you can transfer or move purchased music is by using iTunes

itself. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways that you can do this:

01 Redownload the Purchased Music From iTunes Store

  1. Open the iTunes application on your computer.
  2. If you are not signed in, go to “Account > Sign in” and enter your Apple ID.
  3. Then click “Account > Purchased”.
  4. Tap on “Not in my Library” to view the purchases which are not on your computer.
  5. Find the purchased songs you want to download and click the cloud button at the upper-right corner to download music to your library.

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02 Transfer Purchased Music from iPhone

Here is yet another way to do it with iTunes:

  1. Launch the iTunes application on your computer. Make sure your computer is authorized with the same Apple ID of the purchased music. If you are not sure, you can click “Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer” on iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to computer.
  3. From the top menu, go to “File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from [the name of your device].”

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The limitations of these methods are obvious, though. You can only transfer purchased music, and you might lose music that you didn’t purchase in the official iTunes store.

Part 2: Transfer Music Purchases from iPhone to iTunes Using iTunes Alternative (iOS 13/14 Supported)

Have you heard of iMyFone iPhone Transfer? If you haven’t yet, just know that it can really change your life. It gives you control over all of your iOS devices. It can move songs between your iPhone and iTunes library easily.

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It doesn’t matter if the music was purchased officially or if you just downloaded it unofficially, none of your files will be lost. It can transfer files to your computer iTunes library from your iPhone without all of Apple’s crazy restrictions.

Follow the steps below to transfer purchased or free music from iPhone to Computer iTunes:

Step 1: Download iPhone Transfer and open it on your computer. Connect your iPhone.

Step 2: Click where it says “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes.” You will see a screen that says: “Copy iPhone to iTunes.” When you see that, click “Start.”

Step 3: Pick what kind of files you want to transfer by clicking the boxes, then click “Start.”

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“Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes” on iMyFone iPhone Transfer allows you to transfer music to iTunes from different iOS devices. This allows you to share music with friends, including music from iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, and any other where.

  1. You can enrich your iTunes music library from different your devices and your friend’s devices
  2. Then transfer the entire music library from iTunes to your or friend’s device using “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice”.

That’s done. You can enjoy your friend’s music and your friend can enjoy your music. It's suggested to download and try its free version.

What Else Can iMyFone iPhone Transfer Do with iPhone Music?

You can do all sorts of things.

  • Delete in bulk: Songs can be removed from your iPhone music library or from the specific playlist.
  • Back up: Export music files from iPhone to computer so you can have a backup.
  • Add music to iPhone without losing songs: You can add music to your iPhone from anywhere, your computer, your iTunes library or any external hard drive.
  • Edit music info: You can edit the music info of your songs at will, including album, artwork, play counts, ratings, etc.
  • Manage playlists: You can organize your music playlists to enjoy songs easily, like creating new playlist, rename playlist, move songs to playlist, remove songs from specific playlist, etc.

Part 3: How to Fix Errors Happened When Transferring Purchased Music

Error 1 iTunes Keeps Asking You to Authorize Your Computer When You Play Music

You will have to authorize purchases while signed into an administrator account. You can do it like this:

  1. Make sure you have the latest iTunes on your computer.
  2. Sign into the administrator account of your computer. (You need the password to this, of course.)
  3. Go to “Store,” then “Authorize Computer.”
  4. Confirm with your iTunes user name and password.
  5. Log out of the administrator account, then log back into your normal user account.
  6. Your music should now play normally when you launch iTunes.

Error 2 You Got an Error When You Tried to Download Purchased Music

In cases like these, either your Internet connection isn’t working properly or your anti-virus software may be blocking the download. Make sure to “white list” and its sub-domains on your anti-virus.

Error 3 You Got Error (-50) When You Tried Downloading Purchased Videos

Clear the cached video files in downloads. After that, it should work.

Error 4 Some of the Songs Don’t Get Transfer to Your iPhone

If these are songs that you purchased, you might need to restore your iPhone to get this to work.

  1. Back up your iPhone. This is important.
  2. After you back it up, go to “Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content” on your iPhone.
  3. Your iPhone will restart. Restore the data on your phone from your backup.