How to Copy Music to the iPhone

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The iPhone's multiple capabilities include the use of a music player that is comparable to Apple's iPod. Audio clarity is combined with the touch screen to create a mobile music experience. iPhone users can copy music to their iPhone through iTunes in a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • USB cable
  • iTunes
  • iPhone

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  1. 1

    Use the USB cables included with your iPhone to make a connection with your computer. You can purchase music online using your iPhone, but connecting to your iTunes library allows you to bring past downloads with you anywhere you go.

  2. 2

    Establish an auto synchronization between your computer and your iPhone. You can use the Summary field in iTunes to find the "Auto Sync" icon that lets you instantly upload new music to your iPhone upon connection.

  3. 3

    Formulate playlists of your favorite music to make the music upload to your iPhone more orderly. You should compartmentalize albums and specific genres of music to avoid overloading your iPhone's memory.

  4. 4

    Transfer items you have purchased through your iPhone to your computer's music library as a backup. You can click on the "File" icon at the top of iTunes and shift files using the Transfer Purchases function. You should do this every time you purchase something on your iPhone to sync up your computer and phone.

  5. 5

    Delete music off of your iPhone that you have not listened to in a long time. You should clear out your iPhone library every few weeks so you can copy a larger number of new songs during the auto sync process.

  6. 6

    Manage the sound level on your iTunes files before you upload music to your iPhone. The Preferences function on iTunes leads you to a "Sound Check" tool that lets you set the maximum sound level of every file that you copy to your phone.

  7. 7

    Set the sleep timer on your iPhone to avoid letting your playlist run through while you are away from your phone. The "Clock" function on the phone leads you to an option called "Timer" that lets you set the amount of time the phone goes idle before music shuts off. The timer saves your battery capacity and lets it require fewer charges over the iPhone's life.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the audio formats for every song in your iTunes library to ensure proper usage on the iPhone. The iPhone accepts traditional MP3 and WAV formats as well as Apple's proprietary Lossless files for larger data groups. You can also access audio files with the AAC and AA formats that are less common in online music purchases.

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