Transfer Music from iTunes 12.8 to iPhone iOS 12/11/10 Free

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On the new iTunes 12.8, Apple removes the function to manage ringtone and apps, because "iTunes has been updated to focus on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks". So is the steps to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone iOS 12/11/10 still the same? Let's have a look.

How to Transfer Music from iTunes 12.8 to iPhone iOS 12/11/10 (iTunes)

Here are the steps for downloading your music from iTunes 12.8 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, then tap on the "Music" tab from the left sidebar.
  4. Check Sync Music and check the songs you want to transfer.
  5. Once done, click Apply to sync the music from iTunes 12.8 to your iPhone.

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Disadvantages of Using iTunes:

  • Syncing iTunes music will delete the existing songs on iPhone at the same time.
  • You can't transfer music selectively.
  • You can only add music to iPhone from one iTunes library, or your iPhone will be erased.
  • You can't add music directly from computer to iPhone. You need to go through iTunes library.
  • You can only share music with a limited number of devices.

How to Transfer Music from iTunes 12.8 to iPhone iOS 12/11/10 (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, ...

Main Features to Music:

  • No Data Loss: Transfer music from iTunes to unlimited iPhones without damaging the existing songs.
  • Two-Way Transfer: Freely transfer songs between iPhone and computer without iTunes limits.
  • Manage iTunes Library: Rebuild your iTunes library from unlimited iDevices, even in different Apple IDs.
  • Transfer Directly: Directly move music to iPhone from computer; music will be automatically converted if it's not compatible.
  • Manage Playlists: Sync iTunes playlists to iPhone; extract playlists from iPhone; export, import, edit, rename, delete music or playlists.

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iMyFone TunesMate

Sync Music from iTunes 12.8 to iPhone iOS 12/11/10 without Data Loss

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.

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

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Choose iTunes or TunesMate to Transfer Music?

Apps/Metrics
iTunes 12.8
Two-way transfer
Only from iTunes to iPhone
yes
Transfer music directly
yes
Both purchased and non-purchased music
Only music purchased from iTunes
yes
Doesn't replace existing music on iPhone
yes
yes
Convert files when transferring
yes
yes
How many device supported
5 (limited to one Apple ID)
Unlimited (unlimited Apple IDs)

While you can certainly transfer music from iTunes 12.8 to your iPhone iOS 12/11/10 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.

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