How to Buy Music on an iPhone

By Techwalla Contributor

Thanks to Apple's iPod and the mobile music devices that followed it, CDs have been replaced by digital music files. While you once purchased and downloaded digital music to your computer and then transferred it to your mobile device, you no longer need to use a computer to add music to the iPhone. Purchase it directly from the iTunes Store on the device.

Things You'll Need

  • An iPhone or iPod Touch
  • An internet connection

Step 1

Turn on the iPhone. Tap the "iTunes" icon on the home screen of the device.

Step 2

Browse the contents of the iTunes store using the New Releases, Top Tens and Genres buttons that run across the top of the screen. Alternatively, tap the "Search" button at the bottom of the screen to search for a specific song, album or artist.

Step 3

Tap the song icon or name one time when you locate a song that interests you to hear a preview of the music.

Step 4

Tap the button containing the price to purchase the song. Enter your Apple ID when prompted. If you don't have an Apple ID the first time you try to purchase music, the iTunes software walks you through the process. Tap the "Home" button to return to the home screen.

Step 5

Wait while the music downloads. Tap the "Music" icon to locate and play the music you downloaded.