This is one of the questions we hear the most from users who have just landed on the iPhone: How can I download music from my iPhone? The paradigm of maintaining a library on the computer and syncing it through iTunes with the iPhone has long been ancient. For all users who are just starting out, here is a simple explanation.
The first thing we are going to clarify is that we are going to see how to legally download music on iPhone, without using any applications or services that do it for free but in an unofficial manner. These apps can hide malicious code in the form of deceptive advertising, so cheap can turn out to be expensive.
Downloading music to your iPhone: a matter of choosing a service
The most direct and easy way to download songs from your iPhone is via a music streaming service
We are going to show you how to download songs from your iPhone from the two most used services: Spotify and Apple Music. In Spotify, you can go to any album or playlist you find by browsing the content, and you’ll find the download button shaped like a circle with a down arrow:
You can legally download songs from Wi-Fi network or from 4G or 5G mobile network without any problem. Dump will occupy local storage space on your iPhone, in addition to your automatic backup that you do with a Mac or via iCloud; but in return, you can listen to the songs even offline when traveling. If you want to remove the downloads, just press the same button again.
In Apple Music, you can also find the download button at the top of the interface:
You can remove the download by clicking the same button again, or via the button with the ellipses next to it with other options. In other services such as Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited or Deezer, the system is very similar.
Subscription fees to these musical services it’s usually 9.99 dollars per monthAlthough there are usually offers like 4.99 dollars per month for Apple Music for students or family promotions with which to save money by bringing several people together. In the case of Apple Music, you can also opt for an Apple One package of 14.95 dollars per month with which to also enjoy other services such as Apple Arcade and Apple TV +.
Other options to download your music to iPhone
As an alternative, we can cite free third-party solutions such as AppCloud Music (we analyzed it a few years ago), which can play audio files you have digitized from your CDs and stored in a cloud
This requires the previous step of uploading the files you scanned to these storage services, and of course it depends on how much storage you have. On PC, it is still possible with iTunes, although we are waiting for a renewal of this application in the Microsoft operating system.
As a last solution, although you already have to depend on a Mac, you can legally sync the music library you have on it with an iPhone by connecting the phone to the computer using a cable. This can be useful when you want digitize the music you have on physical media (CD), something that for now is still possible with the Music app in macOS Big Sur.
On PC, this is still possible with iTunes, although we have been waiting for a renewal of this application in Microsoft’s operating system since Apple stopped using iTunes itself several years ago.