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Top 3 Ways to Download Songs to iPhone without iTunes

By Claire Wilson

December 23, 2018

iTunes, the traditional tool for transferring media data like music, photos, videos, etc. is too cumbersome for many users because too many functions are attached to it. Besides, if you sync music to iPhone via iTunes, the previous data will be erased, which can be really annoying.

So this post will provide you with three safe methods to download music to iPhone without iTunes, from which you will learn how to transfer music from computer to iPhone 5s/6/6s/7/7P/8/8P/X, download Apple Music to iPhone, and download Spotify music to iPhone. Are you ready? Let's move on!


Part 1. How to Download Music on iPhone Without iTunes

Compared to iPhone, computer is much more convenient in terms of downloading music, especially when iPhone doesn't allow its users to download MP3 files from any unofficial tools. So the first method enables you to transfer MP3 songs from computer to iPhone. To realize the goal, a professional tool is highly recommended, whose name is TuneFab WeTrans. It serves as a file transfer which sync media data like music, videos, photos, contacts, and SMS between iOS device and computer. None of your previous data will be lost if you transfer music via TuneFab WeTrans. All the detail will be unveiled in the contents below, just click the button below to have a try first!

Step 1. Install and Launch TuneFab WeTrans

After downloading the installation package, follow the instruction to have the program installed on your computer. To ensure that the transferring process will go smoothly, please install the latest version of iTunes in advance. iTunes only works as an assistant and does no harm to the process. Then launch TuneFab WeTrans, whose main interface is like this:

Main Interface

Step 2. Connect iPhone to Computer

Connect iPhone 5s/6/6s/7/7P/8/8P/X to your computer with a USB cable, here we have iPhone 5s as an example. When you connect the iPhone, a window of "Trust This Computer" will appear on iPhone. Choose "Trust" and a new interface will appear on the computer.

Trust This Computer

If you successfully connect iPhone to computer, the basic information of your iPhone will appear on the main interface of TuneFab WeTrans. By clicking the pencil-shaped icon, you are free to edit the name of your iPhone.

Connect iPhone to Computer

Step 3. Select Music to Transfer to iPhone

#1. Click the "Music" section on the left column and as a result all the music files on iPhone will be listed in categories such as Music, iTunes U, Podcasts, Ringtones, Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Playlists. Located at the right side of each track, the pencil-shaped icon enables you to edit the information respectively.

Music Section

#2. Click the "+" icon on the upper part of the interface to navigate the downloaded music on your computer. If you have put all the music that you want to transfer to iPhone in advance, it would be much easier for you to finish this process. After your selection, click the "Export to Device" button. Then the songs will be transferred to iPhone.

Add Music to Device

Part 2. How to Download Music on iPhone with Apple Music

If you want to download music to iPhone directly instead of transferring tracks from other devices, then you may feel satisfied with Apple Music for its Library which contains more than 50 million songs.

Without a doubt, as a music streaming service, Apple Music will provide you with an incomparable experience. Please notice that only when you subscribe to Apple Music can you download the songs for offline listening. Apart from offline playing, if you pay $9.99 per month (student for $4.99/mo. and Family 14.99/mo.), ad-free streaming enables you to enjoy music up to 5 devices. Fortunately, Apple Music offers a free-trial for three months, within which you are free to download any songs and tracks that you are fond of.

Step 1. Go to the songs that you want, then tap on the download icon which seems like a pink cloud with a downward arrow.

Step 2. When you see a greyed "DOWNLOADED" icon, then the process is finished, meaning than the song is available for offline playing.

Tip: If the subscription is overdue, all the downloaded songs are not available for offline playing any more. To prevent the case, you'd better download and convert Apple Music to MP3 format via TuneFab Apple Music Converter. The reason is that you just "rent" songs from Apple Music, instead of "purchase". Apple Music DRM prevents you from playing the downloaded music on any other devices. So if you want to have the songs permanently, converting them to DRM-free formats is the best choice.

Part 3. How to Download Music Without iTunes via Spotify

In addition to Apple Music, Spotify provides top music streaming service as well. Similarly, you cannot download Spotify music unless you pay to be a Premium with the charge of $9.99/month. As a Premium, you are able to listen to music without ads, to skip unlimitedly, to play any track offline, and to enjoy high quality audios. Spotify provides you with a 30-day free trial, after which the downloaded songs will be gone as well because of DRM.

Step 1. Go to Spotify.

Step 2. Tap "Your Library" on the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Click on "Playlist" and then pick up the songs you like, switch the "Download" option on.

Tip: Before your Premium is disabled, you can keep Spotify music for offline playing via TuneFab Spotify Music Converter. TuneFab Spotify Music Converter will help you convert the locked songs to DRM-free formats for further listening.


The three methods mentioned above suit for different situations, you can choose whatever you like and follow the steps to download music to iPhone without iTunes. Of course, the most convenient is the first method TuneFab WeTrans, which guarantees that you don't have to pay for any streaming service but can enjoy music offline.

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