2 Easy Ways | How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone with/without iTunes

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Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus (any iPhone running iOS 8 and later)

Transferring files between Mac and iPhone is always in great need especially for data like songs, photos, videos, contacts, and messages. When it comes to data sharing between your Mac and your iOS device, you can surely use iTunes to get things done. However, iTunes will cause data loss on your iPhone by replacing the existing content with the newly synced items. It's no exception when you transfer music from Mac to iPhone. Luckily, in this article, another practical method is provided for you to copy music from Mac to your iPhone without iTunes to avoid data loss, which is to apply EaseUS MobiMover Free, the freeware for iOS data transfer, file management, and video download.

Read on to get the details.

Part 1: How to transfer music from Mac to iPhone without iTunes

If you are not willing to get the existing songs on your iPhone erased by the newly synced music, you are highly recommended to use the completely free iTunes alternative, EaseUS MobiMover, to transfer music from Mac to your iPhone without data loss.

What can MobiMover do for you?

With MobiMover installed on your Mac or PC, you can:

  • Transfer data between the computer and your iOS device or between two iOS devices. Whether you intend to put music on your iPhone from Mac, export iPhone text messages to computer, or sync photos from one iPhone to another, using MobiMover can always be a choice.
  • Manage files on your iPhone/iPad from Mac/PC. Want to remove multiple unwanted items from your iOS device? Want to create new items on your iPhone or iPad? Choose MobiMover to get it done.
  • Download videos from websites, like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Break, MySpace, Dailymotion, Metacafe, and BBC News, to your computer or iPhone/iPad. For example, you can download Vimeo videos to iPhone to watch them offline on your mobile device.

What are the file types MobiMover supports?

  • Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos
  • Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos
  • Audio: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks
  • Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

How much do you need to pay for MobiMover?

Nothing. EaseUS MobiMover is a 100% free tool that you can use without any cost or limitations. 

Why not give it a try NOW?

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the Mac with a USB cable and tap "Trust This Computer" on your device if a pop-up occurs and asks. Run EaseUS MobiMover free for Mac and choose "Mac to iDevice" on the main screen.

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Step 2: Go to your Mac to find the music files/folders you need to transfer to your iPhone. Or drag & drop files to the window directly. The music formats supported by MobiMover are M4A, M4B, M4P, M4R, WAV, WMA, MID, and AAC.

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Step 3: If you choose a folder that contains other compatible file types, MobiMover can check and send them all together with music. If you need music only, uncheck others and keep Music in Audio box selected.

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Step 4: If you don't need other files, click "Edit" and select wanted files.

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Step 5: Click the "Transfer" button to transfer music from Mac to iPhone with MobiMover. You are free to add batches of music files at a time. When the transferring completes, open the Music app on your iPhone to check the data.

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Things you need to know:
"Without iTunes" means you don't need any operation in iTunes to put music on your iPhone. However, to help a third-party software like MobiMover to identify your iDevice, which is the very first step to make data transfer possible, installing iTunes on your Mac is necessary.

Part 2: How to transfer music from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is the Apple official way to back up the iOS device and sync data from Mac to iPhone/iPad. If you don't mind the files on your iPhone to be replaced by the songs that will be downloaded to your iPhone, using iTunes could be a choice for you. 

Step 1: Open iTunes and update to the latest version if necessary. 

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the Mac via a USB cable, and click the Device button within iTunes. If your iPhone can't connect to iTunes and doesn't show up on iTunes, check the online fixes to troubleshoot. 

Step 3: Choose Music and click the checkbox next to Sync Music.

Step 4: Check the items you'd like to transfer from Mac to your iPhone, either Entire music library or Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres. Then check more details about the songs you want to copy from your Mac. (If the songs you want to add to your iPhone is not in your iTunes library, go to File > Add File to Library first before Step 2.)

Step 5: Once you are ready, click Sync to start copying music from Mac to iPhone with iTunes. Please note that, if you have music on your iPhone, iTunes syncing will erase the data. To avoid data syncing, choose to transfer music from Mac to iPhone without iTunes in Part 1.

How to transfer music from Mac to iPhone - Method 2