2 Ways to Transfer Music from iTunes 12.7 to iPhone

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Apple’s products are supposed to “just work,” and most of the time they do - but other times, they’re not so transparently obvious. If you have some doubts about the interface of the latest version, you may not be sure how to transfer music music from iTunes 12.7 to iPhone. Luckily, this is actually a simple process, as you’ll see below:

How to Transfer Music from iTunes 12.7 to iPhone (iTunes)

Here are the steps for downloading your music from iTunes 12.7 to iPhone:

  1. Turn on your computer and plug your iPhone in with a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes.
  3. Click on your device tab on iTunes, look at the Summary section, and make sure that the box next to “Manually manage music and videos” is checked (if it isn’t already) and click Apply.
  4. Look through your iTunes library and select which songs you want to add to your iPhone.
  5. On the sidebar on the left, you should see your device listed with a little iPhone icon next to it. Drag the songs you selected over to where your device is listed.

drag music to iPhone from iTunes

After that, the music should be automatically transferred to your iPhone. Now, there are some disadvantages to this method that you should be aware of before you try to use it. Namely:

  • You can only add media from one iTunes library, or your iPhone will be erased.
  • You can only add songs if iTunes and your iPhone are associated with the same Apple ID.
  • You can only share music with a limited number of devices.
  • You can also get music from iTunes 12.7 using sync function, but note that it will replace the existing music on your iPhone.

How to Transfer Music from iTunes 12.7 to iPhone
(without iTunes)

Thankfully, there is a way to get around these restrictions by just not using iTunes. What do you use instead? Well, you can use an iTunes alternative called iMyFone TunesMate. As an all-in-one iPhone data transfer, it gives you almost totally control over your iPhone and iTunes, including music, movies, photos, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, ringtones, ...

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Main features:

  • Transfer music from iTunes 12.7 to iPhone without damaging the existing library on iPhone.
  • Export iPhone music to PC/iTunes, or sync PC/iTunes music library to iPhone.
  • Transfer both purchased music and music that you didn’t purchase from the iTunes store.
  • Share music with many devices, even ones with different Apple IDs.
  • Share songs from multiple iTunes libraries.
  • Convert music/video automatically before it is transferred to your iPhone. No damage to the file quality.
  • Transfer music between many different iOS devices, including iPad, iPod, and iPhone.

You get all of these features and more, and you don’t even have to open iTunes to use them. TunesMate takes care of everything.

For example, here is how easy it is to get music on iTunes 12.7 to iPhone using TunesMate:

Step 1: Download and install TunesMate, then connect your iPhone to computer and launch the TunesMate application.
Step 2: Click Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice.

iMyFone TunesMate

Step 3: Select what kind of media you want to transfer (music, in this case), and click Transfer. After it is done, click OK.
iMyFone TunesMate

Choose iTunes or TunesMate?

Two-way transfer
Only from iTunes to iPhone
Transfer music directly
Both purchased and non-purchased music
Only music purchased from iTunes
Doesn't replace existing music on iPhone
How many device supported
5 (limited to one Apple ID)
Unlimited (unlimited Apple IDs)

While you can certainly transfer music from iTunes 12.7 to your iPhone using iTunes itself, as you can see it is much more efficient to use iMyFone TunesMate because you can use many different libraries and devices. It just gives you more control over your iPhone.