how to transfer music from iphone to computer?

January 17, 2014 at 23:04:22
Specs: Windows XP
I've just changed a new computer and want to transfer my iphone music onto it, but the itunes data from my old computer no longer exist due to virus damage. Is there a simple way I can just transfer the music from my iPhone to my new computer? 

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#1
January 18, 2014 at 06:29:09
If you purchased your itunes from Apple… then they will have a record of your purchases and will allow you to download them again (free) - to wherever.

Also if you do the sync routine for your iphone to your computer they will arrive there that way?

And this detailed "how to" likely will be a very useful guide and probably the way to go?

http://lifehacker.com/5954309/how-t...


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#2
January 18, 2014 at 06:32:20
Forget about your iTunes data on the old computer.

Install iTunes on your new computer.

Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Open iTunes and sync or backup your iPhone to iTunes just like you were doing it for the first time.


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#3
January 18, 2014 at 14:40:41
If all else fails iTools should do it:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...

You will also need iTunes but I guess you already have that.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#4
January 18, 2014 at 17:12:31
Do not sync with iTunes as Phil22 suggests, as soon as you do it will delete all the music from your phone.

You cannot transfer music from your iPhone to your computer, just from the computer to the iPhone. The music has to be on your computer in order for it to be on your phone otherwise it will be deleted from the iPhone as soon as you sync it. Apple does this to keep people from pirating music.

trvlr has the correct answer, you need to download it from Apple again in the iTunes store. Since you have already purchased it, you can download it for free.

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#5
January 18, 2014 at 17:21:05
Re #4
You cannot transfer music from your iPhone to your computer"

This says iTools can do it (as per #3):
http://www.thetipspedia.com/how-to-...

Are they wrong?

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#6
January 18, 2014 at 18:13:49
I would be much inclined to check with Apple-land first with respect to downloading again content missing on the computer, and recover it all that way. Then sync (make the backup) to the computer, thus having it available again in-case of need. Maybe even copy the backup to a cd/dvd too in-case it gets lost (again) from the computer.

I had a look at itools (tak to Derek for that link) as hadn't heard of it until now. Certainly it would seem to allow a copy of content from iphone, ipad to a computer? I note it's a windows OS only utility too?


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#7
January 18, 2014 at 18:22:41
trvlr

Yes, iTools is OK on MS Windows and the download site I gave in #3 was a safe one. However, I am not knocking other approaches - with computers there are often many ways of achieving the objective.

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#8
January 19, 2014 at 11:07:45
re #5

Hi Derek, I should elaborate on my answer. Yes, using third party preograms you can transfer music from idevices to your computer, but you can't do it in iTunes. If you try to sync your idevice with your computer and the music isn't already on your computer, it will erase it from your idevice. I my self use a program called DiskAid to copy stuff from my iPhone.

The one problem I have seen in the past using third party programs to copy the music over is, music is stored on idevices with some sort of naming code, when you copy the song back to your computer with these programs the song name is just gibberish and you have to go back and name them all correctly. Sometimes it's just easier to download them again through iTunes from the iTunes store.

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#9
January 19, 2014 at 12:04:16
Hi THX - appreciate the clarification you post in response to Derek's observations

The whole i-device family can be a little (to put it mildly) confusing at times, in terms of what one can do and not do…

Quite why itunes are erased from an i-device if copying back to a computer..??? Presumably an attempt to prevent piracy? As Apple allow you download again anything you've bought (legally that is…) it seems there were two ways to get stuff back onto whichever i-device you need it; Apple repeat download and the itools utility - and now it seems a third - DiskAid (for which thank you). Always nice to have a choice...



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#10
January 19, 2014 at 12:08:07
THX 1138

Yes, totally understood - as you say it's a matter of choices.

The only thing I do wonder about in terms of iTools - is it bordering on hacking, which we are not supposed to condone on here? Sometimes there can be very gray areas.

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#11
January 20, 2014 at 08:24:12
iTools and others that allow you to dig deeper into an iDevice do not appear to be hacking, here's my 2 cents why. I'm also on the Apple forums and Apple monitors them to the letter, any posts that mention hacking, jailbreaking, other nefarious actions, etc. are immediately removed from the forum. These tools are mentioned quite often by the regulars there and they aren't removed so I think Apple is ok with them.

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#12
January 20, 2014 at 11:45:05
THX 1138
That all makes sense - thanks.

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#13
January 20, 2014 at 13:39:25
You're welcome.




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#14
February 13, 2014 at 02:45:51
Interesting suggestion above - using Cloud storage as an intermediary (as well as a safe depositry/storage besides that of a computer etc.).

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#15
February 13, 2014 at 09:40:57
Normally it's a good idea but iDevices don't work that way. They will not let you upload your music or video to any online storage facility.

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#16
April 29, 2014 at 18:51:15
You transfer stuff from your computer to your iPhone by using iTunes on your computer.

If you don't have the latest version of iTunes on your computer download it from apple.com

Start iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone. Select your iPhone in iTunes and select Music from the row of tabs that are presented.

Then either select to sync all music or select the playlists you want on the phone. Then click on Apply and Sync.

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