How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, November 17, 2017

MP3, as the commonly used digital audio coding format, can store and stream audio files like music, audiobooks, podcasts, concerts, recordings, lectures, etc. You can listen to various MP3 files from iTunes Store, Amazon MP3, Spotify, Napster and more, or you can download MP3s on PC and then put MP3 on or sent to your iPhone.

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Here are two approaches to put MP3 on iPhone directly. The first one is using iTunes to sync music from iTunes to iPhone. The second way is trying FonePaw iOS Transfer. If you prefer not to get the iTunes involved, you can directly use the iPhone music transfer program.

Part 1: How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes?

FonePaw iOS Transfer is the reliable alternative to iTunes in terms of data transfer. It supports to transfer songs, videos, contacts, photos, movies, books and more between computer and iPhone or between iPhone and iPhone. It's totally piece of cake for the software to send MP3 to your iPhone. If you're looking for a way to put MP3 on iPhone without iTunes, here you go.

Step 1. Download and install FonePaw iOS Transfer on PC/Mac

Download the free trial version and install it on your computer. Then launch it directly.

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Step 2. Connect iPhone to PC/Mac

Connect your iPhone to the computer. When the iPhone is attached successfully, you will see a series of file types in the left column.

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Step 3. Put MP3 Files on iPhone

In iPhone, Music, Audio Books and Podcasts are saved in the form of .mp3. To transfer Music, Audio Books or Podcasts from computer to iPhone, click "Media", choose "All", and click "Add" to put MP3 on your iPhone.

Put MP3 Files on iPhone

You are all set. Now you can enjoy the MP3 files on your iPhone. Please note that FonePaw iOS Transfer can not only manage iPhone X/8, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, but also iPad Pro, iPad Air 3/2, iPad mini 4/3, iPod touch 6/5 and more. iOS 11 is supported.

Part 2: How to Copy MP3 to iPhone with iTunes?

iTunes is the official media manager designed by Apple. However, it have received quite a number of criticisms, for it's a bit hard to use for those who new to iPhone. In fact, it supports users to sync music to iPhone. However, if you're using it for the first time, it may prompt you whether to remove existing data. To learn more, please read on.

STEP 1. Connect iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

STEP 2. Drag the MP3 files into iTunes window.

STEP 3. Click on your iPhone's icon in the upper- left corner of iTunes window.

STEP 4. Choose "Music" tab and click the checkbox of "Sync Music".

STEP 5. Click "Sync" button in the lower-right corner of the Music window.

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iOS Transfer VS iTunes: Which is the Better Transferring Tool?

You may swing between FonePaw iOS Transfer and iTunes. Let's compare these two tools in transferring MP3 files between iPhone and PC and help you make the decision.

iOS Transfer


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That's how you can add MP3 to iPhone. Please follow these methods and get MP3 on your iPhone. If you're having questions when trying to put MP3 on iPhone, leave your comments below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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