There are some disadvantages to Apple cellphone products, and one that drives me crazy is their dependence on iTunes for all your music synchronization needs. If you want a song on your iPhone, you must use iTunes to get it there. Either that or buy it directly from the iTunes application on your device.
Now, don’t get me wrong, iTunes is a good way to buy and organize your music library, but sometimes you don’t want to be locked up like that. So what are the alternatives? You might be surprised, but actually there is more than one way to put music on your iPhone without using iTunes!
There are several large and free cloud services that allow you to upload your music collection to be played on the iPhone, or offline, and I will discuss three of them below before we get to the other options.
Google Play Music
One of the best cloud-based music streaming applications is Google Play Music, which allows users to upload up to 50,000 of their own songs for free. Without ever paying a dime, you can upload music to the cloud, listen to it on any device, and even stream the entire Google music library if you are willing to put up a few advertisements.
Install Google Play Music for free from the iOS App Store
Adding your music library to Google Play is very easy, even though you need a computer to handle the initial upload. For more information about this part of the process, be sure to visit our complete guide below:
Besides functioning as an online home for your music library, Google Play Music is a music store with the same tone as iTunes. When you buy songs or albums through the Google Play Music application, they will immediately be added to your library, which then allows you to save copies of MP3s to your cellphone or computer.
In addition to streaming your own music, Google Play Music offers an optional subscription service called All Access that allows you to stream the entire Google music library for free and without ads. This service costs $ 9.99 / month for individual accounts, but a $ 14.99 family package can divide six ways to save serious cash. In addition, All Access comes with an ad-free YouTube service, YouTube Red, so Google Play Music is a good choice here.
If you are not a Google person, Amazon also has a cloud music service that works with your iPhone called Amazon Music. However, unlike Google’s offer of 50,000 songs, Amazon only allows 250 songs from your music collection to be uploaded to the cloud (Note: MP3s purchased from Amazon don’t count towards your hat). Additionally, you can pay $ 24.99 per year to store up to 250,000 of your own songs, or you can use your Amazon Prime membership to get access to more than one million songs streaming with Amazon Prime Music.
One of the main disadvantages is that if you want to buy any music, you must visit the Amazon website using the Safari web browser. You cannot buy MP3s through the Cloud Player application. But on the Amazon website, you can browse a sample library of more than 20 million songs and albums.
Once imported or downloaded, your songs are immediately uploaded to the Amazon cloud, where they can then be played through the Amazon Cloud Player application, and the songs also work offline.
You can get a complete list of features and prices here. Now, all you need to do is log in to your Amazon account to get started.
If you store your music collection in Dropbox, you don’t need another application to play files – just log in to your Dropbox account, and choose whatever song you want to hear. The song will automatically play in a web browser, and even gives you a nice dark screen playback to help save battery.
You can also leave the browser and open other applications or navigate anywhere on the device and the music won’t stop playing! (I see you, YouTube.) If you don’t want to use your browser, you can download the free Dropbox application and play your music there too. It’s a little smoother than using a browser and also resumes playback when you leave the application.
Another good feature is the ability to “star” songs or groups of songs to be played offline. Dropbox is a super easy way to get new songs to your iPhone and play them anywhere, anytime. If only you could make a playlist, I might not need a music player anymore.
Don’t want to use any great service? Here are some programs that you can use instead of iTunes to transfer music from your computer to your iPhone.
CopyTrans Manager for Windows
If you are a Windows user, there is a free program called CopyTrans Manager that can completely replace iTunes and relieve you of some of the common annoyances. This freeware allows editing while running, adding drag-and-drop to your library, and can be copied to a flash drive for management on multiple PCs.
CopyTrans Manager also transfers your iTunes library to its own music player. This is good for people who already have a lot of music on iTunes and are afraid of losing those songs by using other services.
Media Monkey for Windows
Media Monkey is another free media player for Windows computers. Once installed, Media Monkey will scan the audio file on your computer and automatically add it to the library. You can also sync your iPhone to Media Monkey and avoid iTunes altogether. This program uses add-ons and has many customizable skins and features.
You can download the free version or choose the Gold edition, which applies for $ 24.95. The Gold edition includes several extras such as an automated library manager and faster CD burning speed. If you don’t want to buy Gold directly, you can also get a free copy by filling out an offer with one of Media Monkey’s partners (Apple, Gamefly, GAP).
Media Monkey has recently added compatibility with Apple products, but it has all the iTunes features and more. Check their list to see if your device is compatible.
Cydia Tweaks for jailbroken iPhones
If your iPhone is jailbroken, you can use Cydia’s tweaks to import music directly to your device. Unfortunately, most of these tweaks have been obsolete recently, so we only have one left to recommend at this time. Currently there is a jailbreak method that works for iOS 10.3.x versions, but if you are still running iOS 10.2 or lower, you can use this guide to get started:
Bridge is an amazing Cydia application that allows you to import music and videos to your media library directly from your mobile. No need to plug in to the computer or sync with iTunes.
Any media files that you have on the iPhone can be imported into your media library. If a friend sends a song to you via email or if you download music from Dropbox, you can use Bridge to add it to your iPhone’s music library in seconds.
Bridge is available for $ 1.99 from BigBoss Repo, and is compatible with all iOS devices – even those running iOS 10.2.
Of course, one of the most convenient ways to “add” music to your phone is through the streaming music player. Pandora, Tunein Radio, Rdio, and Spotify are some of the popular music applications that allow you to stream music on your iPhone.
Just sign up for one of these free services and start listening to new music instantly. The free version of most of these applications do come with intermittent advertising, but can be removed with an increase in paid applications or a monthly subscription.
And don’t forget about YouTube too. Both the application and the website are good enough to find new, old and hard-to-find music and play it wherever and whenever you want. You might not be able to store the songs on an iPhone, but you have access to a media library that seems unlimited when traveling.
Know other ways to download or transfer music to your iPhone without iTunes? Have you tried one of these applications or programs? Let us know in the comments section below.