14 responses

  1. Teresa
    November 18, 2013

    “•Next, go to Finder ”

    What and where i “Finder”???

    • OSXDaily
      November 18, 2013

      Finder is the file system of Mac OS X

  2. Toysandme
    December 1, 2013

    A song emailed to my iPhone can be played within the email client but is there a way to transfer or copy it from there to the Music app on my iPhone?

  3. Steve
    December 30, 2014

    The painful thing with is though, if you select to manually manage music and videos, you have to first sync with the itunes to do so, thus forcing me to do exactly what I do not want to do.

  4. Kyo
    May 27, 2015


    No you dont

  5. Gina
    June 17, 2015

    Steve is correct. When I check off the “manually manage” radio button and then hit apply it asks if I want to sync with this library and replace the content on my phone with the content in this computer. If I hit cancel then manually managing doesn’t work.

    • StandUp
      January 8, 2016

      I have several Macs running several versions of OSX and several iOS devices.

      This makes it a nightmare to manage content.

      What is wrong with just a simple Drag and Drop?

      It is here, put it there!

      Everytime I talk to Apple it is like I am doing something wrong by owning too much of their hardware.

  6. Dr. Nigglesworth
    December 12, 2015

    We wouldn’t want people to use their phones to download ILLEGAL MUSIC and then get it right into their library, would we???? I swear to god, this is why they don’t enable simple like drag to iTunes (on iOS). Anyone got a better explanation? There is none after all these years.

    • StandUp
      January 8, 2016


      You can’t possibly think that people have their own vast CD libraries or have borrowed an AudioBook from a Library service, or have Podcasts directly from other sources, or even personal recordings?

      The one and only possibility is to buy all your music exclusively from Apple! EVERY time they change their formats, policies or hardware, which is frequently too predictably often.

  7. Jane
    January 1, 2016

    Thank you SO MUCH for this. I’d all but given up on using iTunes, usually opting instead to drive to the nearest place with free wi-fi and download directly to my iPad. You. Rock.

  8. moviegourmet
    January 20, 2016

    I can’t get this to work. I have the settings accurate. When I drag the song over to the side bar, it just bounces back. At first I thought it was happening so fast I just didn’t see the rotation, but the song is not on the iPod. I’m using an old iPhone, I don’t know if that matters.

    There are many reasons why someone would want to move “paid for” music from different sources onto a devise. I don’t have, nor do I want, all of my music in iTunes on my computer. I’m constantly battling at keeping my storage down on my laptop.

  9. allenston
    September 12, 2016

    It cannot be denied that iTunes is important for iPhone/iPad/iPod users. However, I think it’s not so friendly or convenient for most of people. Some 3rd party software like FonePaw iOS Transfer or Dr.Fone will be more useful. Like copy music from computer to iPhone/iPod without iTunes.

  10. James
    January 7, 2017

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU. After many wasted hours, useless downloads, and elevated blood pressure, you’ve provided a simple solution to move music and lectures onto an old iPod.

    You should put a donate button on this post. I would buy you a drink. Cheers!

  11. MadJohnShaft
    January 13, 2017

    This doesn’t work in 2017, because now you have Apple Music.

    This does though – go to settings, music, scroll down turn off iCloud Music Library.

    Back in the hated iTunes, drag and drop your MP3s from finder to the music directory on your iPhone as shown above.

    Now, on your phone, turn back on iCloud Music Library. When prompted, select the merge (rather than delete) option.

    After a few minutes the music library on your phone will show both your iTunes library albums AND the mp3 albums you added. It it not instantaneous, it takes a bit for the Apple Music stuff to show up again.


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