Unlike iPhone, we can transfer music from our computer to our Android smart phones simply with only one USB cable. But now with an iPhone, nearly everyone has been annoyed by the trouble of copying music from a PC or Mac to iPhone. With Apple’s own devices and apps, we can only use iTunes to sync music in iTunes library to iPhone. With the synchronization between iTunes library and iPhone, all the music on your iPhone will be completely same as that on your iTunes library. As the syncing iTunes music in a one way transfer process only, for those songs that were not purchased from iTunes and not included in the iTunes library, they will have to be deleted before the synchronization, which is not what we can accept.
Well, Apple gives us a solution to this problem for newer apple devices with later OS. We can also purchase iTunes Match to sync all the music to iCloud account, and all the music on your Mac or iPhone, whether they are purchased from iTunes or are obtained in any other methods, will be stored on your iCloud account. You can sign in your iCloud account on any of your apple devices to enjoy the music. This sounds good, but it is really inconvenience. Firstly, an internet must be available. Secondly, you will have to pay for the iTunes Match and renew it every year.
An easier way to copy music from Mac to iPhone without iTunes
Thus, how to transfer music from Mac to iPhone easily becomes a problem that many Apple users will have to face. With those genius programmers, we can always find an easy tool on the internet. One of the tools we can use is named TunesGo(for Mac). It can help you copy music, photos, movies, TV shows, Podcasts, iTunes U, Voice Memo, Audiobooks and Toolkits from computer to iPhone/iPod/iPad, and also works for data export from iPhone/iPod/iPad to PC/Mac. During the transfer process, the tool will convert files to apple formats automatically. This tool is very user friendly. You can do the transfer with only several simple clicks. If you are on PC or want to know how to iTunes for the music sync, you can refer to this tutorial to copy music from PC to iPhone iPad iPod. Let’s go through below steps to see how to use it to import music from Mac to iPhone without iTunes.
Step 1. Download, install the music transfer on your Mac
Below is a free trail free version of TunesGo for Mac. It is a secure tool and it protects your personal data with full encryption and advanced fraud protection. Also this iPhone data sync program works offline, none of your personal files will be uploaded to the internet. With a free version, you can copy 20 tracks of music or videos to from your computer or Mac to your iPhone. Just download and install it to have a try.
Step 2. Connect iPhone to Mac
Launch TunesGo. Once the TunesGo is launched on your Mac, the window will ask you to connect your iDevice to Mac. So connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable. Once the iPhone is connected, on the left side bar of the window, you will see a list of data types that are available for you to transfer from Mac to iPhone or in the opposite way. The available data types are music, photos, movies, TV shows, Podcasts, iTunes U, Voice Memo, Audiobooks. See also this guide to import photos from PC to iPhone with or without iTunes.
Step 3. Add music from Mac to iPhone
On the user interface, there is a tool bar on the top, including Add, Delete, Export, Fix Music and Refresh. Click Add to add music from your Mac. Once the songs you added to the tool are displayed on the window, it means that the songs are now on your iPhone already. Check the Music on your iPhone, and you will see the songs are there available to be displayed.
Transfer ringtones to iPhone
Now you know how to put music from computer on to your iPhone. Ringtones transfer is similar to the music transfer. If you like to set your favorite sound, music as ringtone on iPhone, do not miss out this tutorial to import ringtones from computer to iPhone.
Update: this article was originally published in 2016 and was updated in Sep 2017 with the new iPhone ringtones transfer support.