How to Sync Music to iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8 without iTunes

Posted by Estelle to iPhone Management | Sep. 28, 2016

Those who gonna add music to iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8 are suggested to stay here, for the following article will show you how to sync music to iPhone from computer or old iPhone without iTunes 12.

Please allow me to guess, Apple spends majority of time and energy on iPhone 8, iPad Pro and iMac Pro. That's why it lacks time and manpower on iTunes improvements. With the release of iTunes 12.5, my disappointment to iTunes gets mounting but nothing. Hence, when I upgrade to iPhone XS and need to sync music to iPhone XS/XR, no hesitation, I choose to the below methods to transfer music to iPhone without iTunes.

How to Sync Music to iPhone Quicker & Easier (No Data Loss)

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Part 1 - How to Import Music to iPhone from Computer without iTunes

Method 1 - Put Music on iPhone from MacOS

To copy music to iPhone from Mac computer without iTunes, you need an iTunes alternative for Mac. MacX MediaTrans is worth your consideration, a quicker and easier way than iTunes. By taking advantage of the advanced Intel QSV hardware acceleration, this iPhone music transfer tool can transfer music to iPhone 8/XS (Max)/XR/X from MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini at full speed, 3 seconds for 20 songs transfer at one go. Beyond that, it even gives you more freedom over iPhone music management, e.g., transferring music from iPhone to Mac for backup or space cleanup, making playlist on iPhone, deleting music from iPhone, etc.

Adding music to iPhone can never be a chore or ado. Download and launch this iPhone music manager and you can eventually import music to iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8 in 3 simple clicks or just drag-drop. With the intuitive interface, you can discern how to sync music to iPhone iOS irrespective of you are a novice or an expert.

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Step 1

Download iPhone Music Transfer

Fire it up after free downloading this iPhone music transfer program on Mac. Followed by your iPhone connection with Mac computer via USB cable. You might be asked to plug-in your iPhone to Mac twice, just follow the instruction.

Note: To avoid your iPhone data from being erased by iTunes, please go to iTunes to turn on "Prevent iPods, iPhones, iPads from syncing automatically".

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Step 2

Add Music to iPhone Transfer Tool

Click on the Music Manager button and you'll see every single music held on your iPhone listed. Afterwards, press "Add Music" button to copy music to iPhone from Mac computer. No limits on the number of music songs.

Step 3

Import Music to iPhone Now

Once you hit "Sync" button at the right side of the bottom, this iPhone music manager begins to sync songs to iPhone Edition/7/6s/6/SE/5s/c/5/4s at blistering speed.

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Method 2 - Sync Music to iPhone from Windows PCs, No iTunes

For Windows users, there is a top iTunes alternative for Windows - MediaMonkey, brings you more features that iTunes is missing. MediaMonkey is initially known as a media player for playback audio music on Windows operating system. Yet, few users know that it also has the ability to put music on iPhone from Windows 10/8/7 with MP3, AAC music formats. If you're disposed to sync music to iPod or Android Samsung Sony HTC, etc., it also makes it happen with greatest of ease.

Tutorial - How to Transfer Music from Windows to iPhone 8/7/6/6s/SE/5s/C Wirelessly

Step 1: Download MediaMonkey. Free download, install and launch MediaMonkey on your Windows computer (free or premium version for you to choose). Then, install iTunes (version and before) on PC.

Explanation: Though we say there is no iTunes needed during the music to iPhone sync procedure, that doesn't mean we completely ditch away iTunes, for iTunes, working as a device drive, can help most iPhone transfer tools to detect and access the database of your iPhone. MediaMonkey is of no exception.

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Step 2: Import Music to MediaMonkey Library. Go to "File" to add music from PC to this iPhone music transfer software. And you can see your music songs are organized well by location, Title, Artist, Album, Composer, etc. on left-hand-side under Library folder.

Step 3: Sync Music to iPhone. Choose the music from the left music library. And then shift to the menu bar, click "Tools"→ "Sync Device" → opt for your iPhone device. Now, the music syncing to iPhone is started.

Method 3 - Put Music on iPhone from Windows PC/Mac

This section intends to introduce a cross-platform app for you to add music to iPhone iOS 11/10/9/8 device from Windows or Mac OS X. That is KuGou music app, a Chinese music streaming and download service. This foreign music app is designed for Apple iPhone iPad iPod, Android device as well as Windows and Mac users to listen to online music with millions of new songs, radio music and free download music at home and abroad. Yet, that is not the whole story. KuGou can even transfer music to iPhone 8 iOS 11 from your PC via KuGou iPhone version or PC version.

Using KuGou (iPhone) to Sync Music from Computer to iPhone via Wi-Fi

1. Open your KuGou on iPhone and make sure your iPhone and computer are connected with the same Wi-Fi.
2. Access to Settings → Choose "Transfer from Computer to iPhone" on your KuGou iPhone version.
3. Open the website browser on your computer and input the address iPhone gives you.
4. Click "Add Music" to select the music songs you desire to sync on your computer.
5. Check the music on your iPhone, which will be saved on your KuGou iPhone app.

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Using KuGou (PC) to Put Music on iPhone from Computer with USB Cable

1. Connect your iPhone to computer PC or Mac using USB cable (the latest version of KuGou for PC).
2. After launching the KuGou on computer, this music app will automatically detect your iPhone and remind you to install the device driver.
3. Follow the note to install the iPhone driver. Afterwards, you can eventually import music to iPhone by single music transfer or batch music sync.
4. Optional: if your music library hasn't the music you need, you can search it on KuGou music library and directly transfer music to iPhone via a device icon.

Part 2- How to Sync Music to iPhone X/8 from Old iPhone

Well, this part we're talking about how to copy music from iPhone to another iPhone (old to new) with iCloud. Of course, the precondition is that your old iPhone has files backed up to iCloud and you are in a place with internet connection. If not, you can just skip this part.

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Step 1: Go to "Settings", tap "iCloud" on your old iPhone, and then you are navigated to bottom and tap on "Storage & Backup", then tap "Back Up Now".
Step 2: Focus on your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Choose "Restore from the iCloud Backup" after the previous iPhone 8 setup is finished.
Step 3: The music sync from iPhone to iPhone 8/7/6s/SE is proceeding, whose speed depends on your music files and your network connection condition.
Step 4: When iPhone music sync is finished, check your new iPhone to see if the music files are synced as you wish.

How to Sync Music to iPhone XS/XR/X/8 with No Data Loss

iTunes might lead to data loss when transferring music to iPhone 8/7/6s/SE. Fortunately, the best iTunes alternative MacX MediaTrans perfectly fixes this problem, to ultra fast copy music to iPhone without making any danger or loss on iPhone files data.

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