How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac When iTunes Not Working

Posted by Estelle to iPhone Manager, Transfer Music | Last Updated on July 19, 2017

Your iPhone internal memory is on the edge of drain. How to rescue your iPhone space? Start from iPhone music transfer. This post shares with you the simple solution to transfer music from iPhone to Mac to free up iPhone space to the max with a user-friendly iPhone transfer software instead of iTunes.

To move Mac music off to iPhone in iOS 11/10/9/8 device, just an iTunes is enough, which can sync music from Mac computer to iPhone X/8/7/6s iPad iPod. But when it comes to transfer music from iPhone to Mac, sorry to inform you that iTunes is willing to but powerless to render assistance, for it's a unidirectional iPhone manager.

What's even worse, it's pretty hard to find a simple yet effective alternative to iTunes amongst the many choices available in current market. You could invest the better part of the week to single out your satisfied iPhone music transfer tool, or you could just read this post instead.

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Move music, ringtones, iTunes purchases, video, pics between iPhone and Mac.

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# No.1 Fast Speed to Transfer iPhone Songs to Mac with iPhone Music Manager

MacX MediaTrans - the cutting-edge iPhone music manager, lets you transfer music from iPhone to Mac and auto remove DRM from Apple Music. What's plus, it gets even more talents to your service:

Music Transfer: Copy and backup iPhone music to MacBook/iMac & import music from Mac to iPhone (8) with non-protected or protected music.
Music Manage: create music playlist, make any music ringtone for iPhone, batch edit artist information, bulk delete music from iPhone 8/7/6s/6/Plus, etc.
DRM Removal: remove DRM from iTunes purchases (music/movie) and convert M4P/M4B to MP3, M4V to MP4, etc. for playback on non-Apple devices.
Music Converter: auto convert CD, OGG, FLAC, WMA, AIFF, ALAC, CAF, DTS, AU, RA, etc. to AAC/MP3 when importing Mac songs to iPhone.

You can do more:
1. Transfer photos, video, movies, iTunes purchases, ringtones, eBooks, audiobooks, iTunes U, podcast, etc. between iPhone iPad iPod and Mac/PC.
2. Auto convert any video (4K, H265, MKV, AVI, etc.) to MP4 when adding video to iPhone; convert epub to PDF, TXT, HTML, etc. when exporting to Mac.
3. FREE mount iPhone as USB flash drive to store Microsoft Office Word, Excel, slidshow, applications, zip, etc. if your iPhone has extra space left.

1.1 How to Sync Music from iPhone to MacBook/2017 iMac Pro

The below tutorial will show you how to transfer songs from iPhone to MacBook or iMac with button clicks (drag and drop also supported) with non-protected music. If you wanna read the guide to sync protected music from iPhone to Mac, scroll down to the section titled with 1:2.

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac
To move iPhone music to Mac computer, first open it after free downloading this iPhone music manager on Mac; then connect your iOS iPhone to Mac.

Note: there will pop up a window to advise you to properly set iTunes lest your iOS device data gets lost. So please follow the prompts to set iTunes first.

Step 2: Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac
Click "Music" icon to get the iPhone music list;
Choose the music you wanna transfer or tick "Select All";
Tap "Export" button to sync music from iPhone to Mac;
iPhone music transfer tool begins to export iPhone music to Mac at fast speed.

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1.2 How to Export Protected Music from iPhone to Mac (+ Audio Conversion)

You're supposed to stay here if the music on your iPhone is purchased from Apple Music and protected by DRM. This tutorial will show you how to decode DRM protected music and transfer protected music from iPhone to Mac. Plus, this thoughtful iPhone transfer app can even auto convert protected M4P music to MP3 for your convenient playback with VLC player or Android devices. BTW, the precondition is for personal legal usage, not for piracy or any illegal activity.

Step 1: Choose the purchased music you want to transfer from iPhone to Mac.

Step 2: Tap "Decode" to get rid of iTunes DRM protection; or click "OK" if you don't have such need. (in case you choose not to decode music, you can directly click "Export" button to transfer iPhone encrypted M4P music to Mac.)

Step 3: Sign in to the iTunes Store on your Mac with your Apple ID; then tap "Next" button to continue.

To decode and put iPhone protected Apple Music to Mac, you need to check if the music on iPhone and iTunes is synchronized. If yes, just skip this part; if not, follow the tips to sync iPhone music to iTunes first.

Open iCloud Music Library on your iPhone.
Sign in to the iTunes Store.
Set iCloud Music Library.
Share iTunes Library XML with other library on Mac's iTunes.
Download Apple Music on iTunes.

Step 4: Tap "OK" after this DRM removal tool successfully removes iTunes DRM protection from Apple Muisc.

Step 5: Press "Export" button to transfer iPhone decrypted Apple Music to Mac.

When the whole music transfer process is over, you can open the iPhone music on Mac and will find that the M4P files now becomes DRM-free MP3 format. Hence, there is no burden for you to play iTunes purchased music on Zune, MP3 player, Android, Microsoft devices, game consoles and more.

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1.3: How to Transfer Playlist from iPhone to Mac (macOS High Sierra)

For those who sort out iPhone songs into different playlist like favorite songs; recent play songs; Sports music, light music, R&B music, Hip-hop music, etc. and wanna transfer the whole playlist songs from iPhone to Mac, the operating process is still dead easy. Read on!

1 Get iPhone Music Manager Ready. The first step is the same as previous one. No repetition here.

2 Enter your iPhone music management interface via "Music" button. Then double-click the iPhone music playlist you wanna transfer and then tick "All" at the top left of the whole music list.

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3 Press "Export" button and then the MacX MediaTrans' built-in media transfer engine will run into action to transfer playlist from iPhone to Mac with incomparably fast speed (Intel QSV supported).

Warm Prompt: In case you are sick of some music playlists and wanna delete music playlist from iPhone, you just select them on the left-side of the interface, right click to choose "Delete" and then these playlists will be removed instantly.

# Export Music from iPhone to Mac with DeTune for Mac

DeTune for Mac lives up to the standard with its Free feature to let you transfer songs from iPhone to Mac (does what iTunes can't do). You used to envy Windows users for their multiple choices on free iPhone music managers like iFunbox, Appandora, etc. Now, with DeTune for Mac, you can eventually copy iPhone music to Mac without spending a single penny. Of course, the main features are the kep points you care:

Bulk transfer songs from iPhone to Macbook/iMac hard disk with 100% free of charge.
Support you to free transfer videos, iBooks, podcasts from iPhone/iPod to Mac.

1. 100% Free.
2. 2.57MB file size, easy and fast to download and install app on your Mac, no burden to your computer.
3. Show the firmware version and allow you to change the name of extracted files.
4. Most iDevice models supported, including iPhone iPad and iPod.

1. The interface is unintuitive for inexperienced users, no instructions and visible support.
2. Unable to transfer iTunes purchased music from iPhone to Mac, let alone removing DRM protection from Apple Music.
3. Lack ability to copy iPhone photos to Mac, as well as ringtones, audiobooks, etc.

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How to Use DeTune for Mac to Move Music from iPhone to Mac

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac
Connect your iPhone to MacBook/iMac/Mac Mini via USB cable.

Step 2: Choose iPhone Music Song
Tick the music files you wanna transfer to Mac after your iPhone music list shows up. The selected music items and total file size also appear on the bottom of the window.

Step 3: Transfer iPhone Songs Now
Right-click to open the hidden options; choose "Export" to begin transferring music from iPhone to Mac.

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# Transfer Songs from iPhone to Mac with iTools for Mac

Developed by ThinkSky, iTools for Mac rises to fame because of its simplicity and its free price tag. Yes, you can use this iPhone transfer software to FREE sync music from iPhone to Mac. Even better, it also gives you more power to:

Import and export contents of iPhone iPad, including music, photos, videos, applications, e-books, and messages on both Mac and Windows PC.
Access your contact list and your sent/received messages. Before using this feature, remember to disable iCloud first.
Reorganize your iOS desktops like sort applications to different groups, much faster and easier than iTunes.

1. Free price tag.
2. Much easier than iTunes to organize iOS desktops.
3. Shows disk contents.
4. Compatible with both Mac and Windows PC.

1. Weak compatibility with iCloud.
2. File type is limited. iTunes purchases, ringtones, audiobook, etc. not supported.
3. Can't remove DRM from iTunes purchases.
4. No user guide, online tech support or E-mail help.

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How to Use iTools for Mac to Export Music from iPhone to macOS

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac
Similar step: connect your iPhone to Mac computer via USB cable.

Step 2: Select iPhone Music
Click "Music" to enter iPhone music list window, where you can choose whichever music song you want.

Step 3: Click Export
Tap "Export" button to bulk export music from iPhone to macOS.

Note: To enjoy more features like delete iPhone music, make ringtones for iPhone, etc., you're asked to upgrade free version to pro version (v1.7.2).

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