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It is not often that you find yourself having to transfer music from your iPhone to computer manually without using iTunes. But when you do, it gets very hard because of all the legacy stuff Apple does.

Think of a time when all data on the system is lost and you need to transfer music from your iPhone to the computer. How do you get that done?

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This is what you do:

There are several options to choose from:

  • You can use free software like i-Funbox or Sharepod to access the files on your iPhone
  • You can use paid software like Lenogo to access the file system on iPhone
  • You can use shareware like Aimersoft (Aimersoft.com)

If you're going the no-iTunes way, these are the best options to choose from. And these are the only options too.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer

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Now, to copy music files from your iPhone to your computer, you'll need to fire up one of the software that you use to access the files on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the software

Step 2: Access your device (iPhone/iPod) in the software

Step 3: Navigate to /private/var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control/ on your iOS device

Step 4: You'll see a folder called Music

Step 5: This is the folder you should copy. If you open this and see, you'll find a bunch of folders named F00, F01 etc. and they have a lot of audio files with strange names (don't worry about them).

Step 6: Copy the Music folder to your PC/Mac

How do we access these music files?

Unfortunately (or fortunately), only iTunes recognizes these audio files properly (you can of course play them on any media player). iTunes understands the whole folder system and can easily help you manage the tracks.

To get the music sorted, just import the Music folder into iTunes Library and you're done.

The only problem is, iTunes won't import playlists, play counts or ratings of the songs. But hey, the music is now on your computer! Intact!

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  • Law_dog1

    Fun box keeps crashing when I open it up.

  • timberluck

    Too DIFFICULT for me, personally, I prefer FoneTrans, it is
    much EASIER and QUICKER.

  • Catty

    I used to use iTunes to transfer music, but I am not very satisfied as it will replace original playlist. Now I’m using a free app AirMore. As long as you installed Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser, you can use it without any trouble.

  • Vxkvonnrr

    When you can not backup iphone music to itunes .Then you need to backup iphone music to computer .So you can ask Coolmuster for help ! Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod to PC Transfer software is very efficient tool that backup iphone music ,photos,videos to pc easily.

  • Aidan

    is there a reverse to this? I need to get music from my computer into the same location, but I don’t know how to encode it so that my ipod would recognize it.

    • John Stevenson

      Yes, i use WALTR for Mac/PC for this. No encoding is needed, it`s really easy! try it;)

  • ArianaChastain

    This guide above – How to transfer music from iPhone to computer helps me to some extent. And I also found some other methods can manage music easily, such as FonePaw iOS Transfer.

  • Chrisuando

    Personally, I like iStick by Softorino dudes, its pretty easy, there is no iTunes sync, and they even got a trial version. It’s been 3 years and I still have no complaints regarding it. Look them up!

    • John Stevenson

      Hey!!I use WALTR by Softorino as well!! This is an awesome app, now i can transfer any music/video formats to my iPhone really easy and quickly! No complaints as well. Google it, you`ll be impressed!