Top Ways to Transfer Music to iPhone X/8 (Plus) from Mac/Windows [No iTunes]

By Rico Rodriguez to iPhone Manager, Transfer Music | Last Updated on Dec 18, 2023

Trusted by 40+ million mobile users, Apple Music might be your primary choice to listen to music on your new iPhone 8/Plus. You know, you can listen to, search, stream and download music from over 40 million songs on Apple Music once you pay $9.9 per month. Yet, the songs from Apple Music won't play if you let your subscription lapse. Cuz the songs you have downloaded from Apple Music are rented, not purchased. Well, you might say: fine, keep subscription alive. Yet, everyone has tough time (if not all time) and you need to reduce expenditures started with non-essential expense like Apple Music subscription.

Since you have discontinued your Apple Music subscription, you need to find another way to listen to music on iPhone X/8/Plus. Downloading free music from online sites sounds a nice option. Yes, you can free download music from Soundcloud, Jamendo, mp3juices,, etc. on your Mac/Windows without costing a penny. But how to fast transfer music to iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone X from MacBook, iMac or Windows after downloading? You're highly recommened to try:

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Key Features

I know what's your feeling when iTunes errors occur during the process of transferring. Thankfully, using MacX MediaTrans is totally a different story. It will not bother you with iTunes constant problems, "iTunes not recognizing your iPhone", "iTunes error 39", "iTunes playlist disappeared", etc. Instead, this iPhone transfer app will 100% successfully copy music to iPhone 8/Plus from Mac/Windows without using troublesome iTunes. And, it brings more features to you. Look below:

100% success rate to transfer music to iPhone 8/Plus/X from macOS/Windows without using iTunes.
Built-in with audio converter, support to import music to iPhone X/8/Plus with any music format, MP3, AAC, AC3, FLAC, OGG, WMA, ringtone, etc.
Remove DRM protection from iTunes purchased music, convert M4B/M4P to MP3 and transfer iTunes purchased music between iPhone 8 and Mac/PC.
iPhone music manager (create/edit/delete iPhone 8 songs) and iPhone ringtone maker ( make any song iPhone ringtone with 40 seconds).
Two-way transfer tool to sync photos, music, ringtones, iBooks, podcast, iTunes purchases, iTunes U, etc. between iPhone 8/Plus/X and Mac/PC.

[Steps] How to Sync Music from macOS/Windows to iPhone X/8 (Plus)

To add music to iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone X, free download this iPhone 8 music transfer app on macOS or Windows PC first. Then check if your iTunes is the latest version. If not, update iTunes to the latest version. Don't misunderstand. This app just needs iTunes to detect your iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone X and it won't use iTunes to sync music to iPhone 8. So don't worry.

Things you need to prepare:

1. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X with its original USB cable.
2. Latest iTunes version on Mac/PC.
3. Mac computer with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher; Windows PC with all operating systems supported.
Now let's get started:

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Note: If you wanna transfer music from MacBook/iMac to iPhone 8 (Plus) or iPhone X with iTunes DRM protected music, this iPhone music manager will automatically pop up a message to ask if you wanna decode these encrypted files. In case you wanna remove DRM from iTunes music, choose "Decode" and follow the guide of MacX MediaTrans to get ride of encryption step by step. If not, just choose "OK" to continue adding music to iPhone 8 or premium iPhone X with music formatted in .m4b or .m4p.

More Ways to Transfer Songs to iPhone X/8/8 Plus from macOS/Windows

On top of using PC-based software to import music to iPhone 8, there is another option for your consideration - using iPhone transfer mobile apps. They also deliver a fantastic performance in music to iPhone 8 sync, as well as other files sync tasks. And you won't need to prepare USB cable if you choose them, just Wi-Fi internet connection enough. Well, if you're interested in mobile app, you can have a try on the below two iPhone transfer mobile apps.


It's said in App Store that this iPhone transfer software is the first app to give your power to copy music from Mac/PC to iPhone and vice versa. That's not the end. It still lets you transfer photos to iPhone 8 or iPhone X without any 3rd party help, only Wi-Fi connection needed. How about music management feature? You got it!

Main Features:
1. Wirelessly copy and move music and photos between iPhone 8/X and Mac/PC.
2. Create music playlist, move/rename/delete iPhone 8/iPhone X music.
3. Play music in a playlist and in background.

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Air Transfer

As its name suggests, it supports you to transfer music to iPhone 8/Plus from computer via "Air" wirelessly. And it can do even more: move and transfer what you're seeing and playing on Mac/PC to iPhone 8 including music, movies, photo, documents, text memo, etc. via Wi-Fi. Wonderful? You can follow the steps to have a try.

How to Use Air Transfer
Step 1: Make sure your iPhone 8 and Mac/PC connected to the same Wi-Fi.
Step 2: Tap WiFi button and input the iPhone 8 URL in web browser on your PC.
Step 3: Drop music files on drop areas on the left side in your web browser. Done!

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The above iPhone transfer mobile apps are capable of syncing music to iPhone 8 from Mac/PC computer. Yet, you need to know they can't transfer any music file to iPhone 8, cuz they don't have the built-in audio converter to convert WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. to MP3 or iPhone ringtone. In addition, when it comes to transfer iTunes DRM-ed music files, they might not work so stably as MacX MediaTrans, for they lack iTunes DRM removal feature or DRM circumvention knack. So just pick out the suitable one to add music to iPhone 8 or share some useful tools you've used at comment section.

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