How to Extract Music From an iPhone

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How to Extract Music From an iPhone
Use your iPhone to transfer your music to your computer. (earphones image by Christos Kyratsous from

Having your favourite music files readily available to transfer to your computer offers peace of mind, especially if they are no longer accessible on your computer. Transferring your favourite music from your iPhone to your computer can be accomplished with iTunes and an Apple dock connector to USB cable. Authorising your computer to allow the transfer from your iPhone can be accomplished with the iTunes software on your computer.

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Things you need

  • Apple dock connector to USB cable

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  1. 1

    Open the iTunes software and authorise your computer to allow the iPhone to transfer the files to it. In order to extract music from the iPhone, you have to authorise the computer to complete the process.

  2. 2

    Click on "Store" in iTunes. Scroll down to "Authorize this computer." You can authorise up to five computers for your iTunes purchases. Sign in with your Apple ID and password or, if you use an AOL user name, you may sign in with that ID and password.

  3. 3

    Click "Authorize" to allow your computer to download your music files from your iPhone. If your iTunes music files on the iPhone were downloaded from multiple accounts, authorise the computer for each account to extract those music files from the iPhone.

  4. 4

    Connect your iPhone to the computer to which you would like to extract the songs. If your iPhone is synced with another computer, a pop-up box will appear that says that it's synced with another iTunes library. Click "Transfer Purchases," not "Erase and Sync," which will erase the content on the iPhone and replace it with the content in the iTunes library of the computer to which the iPhone is connected.

  5. 5

    Click "File" and "Your device name," if you are not prompted with the pop-up box from step four. Scroll down and select "Transfer Purchases from "Your device name." Alternatively, right-click on your iPhone under the "Devices" column and select "Transfer Purchases" from the menu that displays on the screen to extract your music from your iPhone.

Tips and warnings

  • You can only extract files that were purchased in the iTunes store. If you have imported files from CDs or other sources, they may not copy from your iPhone to the iTunes library on your computer.

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