How to Send Music to My iPhone

By Seth Silberman

Not only can you talk on your iPhone while you are surfing the Internet or using one of its applications. You can also listen to music while you take advantage of your iPhone’s computer-like capabilities. Your iPhone can behave much like an iPod classic, Shuffle, or Nano, with one noted improvement. Like the iPod touch, your iPhone can connect to iTunes directly, through a Wi-Fi, 3G, or Edge connection. This allows you to purchase music to listen to on the go. Used with an application available in the iTunes App Store, you can purchase a song that you are listening to, without even knowing the artist or song title.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone
  • iTunes

How to Directly Send Music to Your iPhone

Step 1

Tap the “iTunes” application on your iPhone. Scroll through your applications to find “iTunes,” which is an icon that is purple with a white music note.

Step 2

Tap the “Search” icon, the magnifying glass at the bottom of the page, if you know that name of the song you want to send to your iPhone. You can also browse the “New Release” page, the first to load, or tap the “Top Tens” or “Genres” tabs at the top of the screen. The “Top Tens” tab will offer you the overall top ten lists for every song and album sold on iTunes, or the top ten lists by genre.

Step 3

Tap the song title you want to send to your iPhone to sample it. The picture to the left of the song title will flip and show a blue circle with a “Stop” icon in the middle while the outer circle, fills as if it were a radar, to signal how much longer the sample will play. If you are looking at a single in a top ten list, double tap the song title to view the album it comes from.

Step 4

Tap the gray box with the price to the right of the single or the gray “Buy” box at the top of an album page that also lists the price to purchase the song.

Step 5

Tap the green “Buy Now” box that will appear in its place. Enter your iTunes password in the pop-up box. If you have recently logged into iTunes it may retain your password and not ask you to re-enter it. The song or album you have just purchased will be sent directly to your iPhone.

Step 6

Dock your iPhone to automatically add this song or album to your hard drive. It will appear in the "Purchases" folder in the left-hand column on your iTunes screen.

How to Send Music to Your iPhone from Your Computer

Step 1

Make sure that you have the most recent version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2

Dock your iPhone to your computer with the white USB cord it came with. If you have an older iPod with a similar cord, it may not work with your iPhone. Once your computer recognizes your iPhone, it will appear on the left-hand column of your iTunes screen, in the “Devices” section.”

Step 3

Click the box to the left of “Sync Music.” Click either the box to the left of “Entire music library” or “Selected playlists, artists, and genres” to select which song from your music library that you will send to your iPhone. Keep in mind the size of music files as well as the size of your library that you keep either on your hard drive or external hard drive before you click the box to the left of “Entire music library.”

Step 4

Clicking “Selected playlists, artists, and genres” means that you have to select which playlists you want to send to your iPhone. Click the box to the left of any playlist you want. At the top of the list is “Purchased,” which includes every song that you have bought and saved from iTunes. You can also choose to send every song by a particular artist. Click the box to the left of whichever artist you want. You can choose to send both one or more playlists and all the songs by one or more artists to your iPhone.

Step 5

Click the gray “Apply” box on the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes screen. Your iPhones will sync with your iTunes and send a copy of whatever songs you have selected. The original stays in your iTunes library.