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Transfer music from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to iTunes

If you have an iOS device - iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - or an older iPod, such as a classic, nano, or shuffle, you probably use iTunes to sync music to the device. But there may be times when you need to get your music back to your iTunes library. Your computer may have crashed, or gotten stolen, and you may not have a backup. Or somehow you accidentally deleted a song, album, or playlist from your iTunes library, but it's still on your device.

In this case, you'll want to get the music from your iOS device back into your iTunes library, but Apple doesn't give you any way to do this. Fortunately, iMazing can help.

With iMazing, you can copy music files from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to iTunes, retaining all their metadata: each track's name, artwork, and even ratings and play counts. And you can also transfer your meticulously curated playlists. And if you're worried about duplicates, well, iMazing makes sure it doesn't copy files already in your iTunes library.

Here is how to transfer music from your iPhone (or iPad, or iPod) to iTunes:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device to your Mac or PC.
  2. Select your device in the sidebar, then select "Music".
  3. Select the music you want to export then click Export to iTunes".
  4. Customize your export.
  5. Click "Next" for the transfer to initiate.

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer

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1. Launch iMazing on your computer and connect your device.

Download and install iMazing. Launch the app, and connect your device to your Mac or PC.

2. Select your device in the iMazing's sidebar, then select "Music".

iMazing loads your device's music and playlist(s).

3. Select the music you want to export.

If you want to copy your entire library, just click Music in the Library list. If you want to copy a playlist, select it in the Playlists list. Or if you want to copy an album or song, click the Music library and find it in the list, or use the Search field to narrow down your selection.

In the toolbar at the bottom of the window, click Export to iTunes,

iMazing Music View

then click Next, and the Music Export Wizard opens.

iMazing Music Export wizard selection page

4. Customize your export.

The Music Export Wizard gives you a number of options. You can export your selection by checking My Selection, or you can click Library to export your entire library. If you choose Library, you can then tell iMazing which types of files to save: music, music videos, movies, TV shows, etc.

iMazing Music Export wizard configuration page

The Configuration pane lets you tell iMazing what type of metadata it exports to your iTunes library. By default, all of the following are checked:

  • Playlists - these are playlists that are on your device
  • Ratings - these are star ratings that you've applied to your music
  • Plays - this is the total number of times you've listened to each track
  • Skips - this is the number of times you've skipped each track, by tapping or clicking the Next button on your iOS device or in iTunes
  • Last Played - this is the date and time of the last time you listened to each track.

5. Transfer your Music.

Click Next, and iMazing starts transferring the files. Depending on how many files you're copying, this may take a while.

iMazing Music Export wizard transfer page

Going further

If you check Only Show Transferable Media, just above the toolbar, iMazing only shows those files it can copy. If you uncheck this option, any files that iMazing cannot transfer display greyed out.

There are two reasons why iMazing may not be able to copy files:

  • iCloud Music tracks that aren't downloaded cannot be copied, because they are not on your device. If you do want to export music that's in your iCloud Music Library, download it first to your device.
  • Apple Music tracks are a special kind of file that cannot be copied to a computer or to another device.


Updated 4 Apr, 2017

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