The data transfers between iOS devices and Mac computers are always hot topics among the users, and transferring music between iOS devices and Mac is one of the hottest topic.Taking transferring music from Mac to iPhone as an example, when iPhone users are going to download music from Mac to iPhone, they may want to figure out the easiest method to finish the task. And the post aims to introduce users some easy ways to solve the problem.

Part 1. Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Using iTunes to sync songs is the most common method that iPhone users will take advantage of. iPhone users only need to connect their iPhone to computer with USB cable, and sync iPhone with iTunes. If you have no related exprience about how to transfer music from Mac to iPhone with iTunes, the following detailed guidance will show you how to do that:

  1. Plug iPhone into computer via USB cable, and iTunes will launch automatically. If not, you need to manually start it.
  2. The software will recognize your iPhone and display the iPhone icon at the upper right corner. Click the iPhone icon and choose “Music” in the summary panel.
  3. Click the “Sync Music” check box, and then click “Entire Music Library” if you want to transfer all the music in your iTunes library to your iPhone, or click “Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums and Genres.” Choose selected music if the size of your iTunes library exceeds the capacity of your iPhone, and then click on specific playlists, albums artists or genres. Click “Music” in the left pane of the iTunes window to see a list of all your songs. The number of songs and how much space they take up appears at the bottom of the iTunes window.
  4. Then click “Apply” at the right bottom, and you can transfer music from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

After syncing iPhone with iTunes, people will get the songs in their iPhone Music app. Please note that iTunes will erase all the available songs in your iPhone and replace them with the songs in iTunes Music library. Besides plugging iPhone in computer, there is another way to download music from Mac to iPhone wirelessly with iTunes. When iPhone is connected to Mac computer with USB cable, iTunes will launch automatically. You should click Summary in the left sidebar, and scroll down to Options, then check Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi. This is the last time you need to connect iPhone to your Mac computer. From now on, every time your iPhone and iTunes are in the same Wi-Fi network, your iPhone will appear in iTunes, and you are allowed to drag and drop the songs to the iPhone to download music from Mac to iPhone.

Part 2. Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone without iTunes

Using iTunes is an easy way to transfer music from Mac to iPhone, but it’s not the only way. Besides iTunes, people can take advantage of alternatives to iTunes to download music from Mac to iPhone/iPad/iPod. Among all alternatives to iTunes, Leawo iTransfer for Mac has an amazing performance. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and Mac computers, and it allows users to get rid of iTunes completely. The following guidance will show you how to transfer music from Mac to iPhone without iTunes, and you can free download the software to have a try.

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Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. The software will recognize your iPhone.

Step 2. Click the name of iPhone and choose Music in the left sidebar. The iPhone music will display in the right part of software window.

Step 3. Drag and drop the music from Mac computer to the software window, or click the Add button at the top middle to add music from Mac computer.

After selecting files, this iPhone transfer software will start downloading music from Mac to iPhone. When the transfer is finished, you’ll get the music files in your iPhone Music app. Leawo iTransfer is also helpful for other kinds of data transfers for iPhone, iPad and iPod, for example, you are able to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad directly with this software.

Note:

1. Leawo iTransfer works with all modes of iPhone/iPad/iPod, including the latest iPhone SE, iPhone 6S/6S Plus. And it is fully compatible with iOS 9.3 and Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

2. Excepting transferring music from Mac to iPhone, Leawo iTransfer also supports to transfer music from iPhone to Mac with ease.

Part 3. iTunes vs Leawo iTransfer

With the above parts, you may have known that the two methods are both able to help you download music from Mac to iPhone/iPad/iPod. But which one is more suitable for you? The following table may give you an answer. And you can choose one of them according to your actual needs:

iTunes Leawo iTransfer
Transfer data from iOS devices to computer
Transfer data from computer to iOS devices
Transfer data from iOS devices to iTunes
Transfer data from itunes to iOS devices
Backup iPhone, iPad and iPod files to computer
Make iPhone, iPad and iPod as flash drives
Transfer data between Android, iOS devices and computer
Transfe data between iPhone, iPad and iPod
Transfe other files like notes, contacts and bookmarks
transfer non-purchased files
Compatible with iTunes 12, iOS 9.3, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE
Mac version
Windows version
Price Free $19.95(trial version is free)

Besides iTunes and third-party iPhone transfer software, the cloud apps are also powerful for transferring music from Mac computer to iPhone. For example, iTunes Match will provide help on this issue. If you have subscribed to iTunes Match, iTunes will scan your whole music library and upload it to the cloud. After that, you are able to listen and download the songs on your iPhone. The latest Apple Music also helps users to get music from Mac computer to their iPhone. If you subscribe to Apple Music, you’ll get the iCloud Music Library service. This service works like iTunes Match, and uploads your iTunes Music Library to the cloud, then you’’ be able to enjoy the songs on your iPhone.

These methods will all be helpful for downloading music from Mac to iPhone, if you are in need, just check them out.