11 Tricks to Download Music On iPhone Without iTunes

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Do you know that you can download songs on your iPhone without iTunes?

If you are one of those people who find it difficult to download music due to iTunes limitations, get ready to be blown away because today’s article, you will be learning about eleven effective tricks and apps that can help you download songs without relying on iTunes.

But first, let’s have a quick overview of iTunes before we dive into the business of the day. I hope you relax, pay attention and enjoy what we have for you on today’s article.

iTunes is an audio playback program developed by Apple Computer. The program can download songs (for a small fee) from the iTunes Music Store and each file you import with iTunes gets stored in the iTunes library. 

iTunes is heavily relied upon for music syncing. But it comes with a flaw such as erasing the existing songs after transferring the songs to your iPhone mobile phone. Despite this flaw, iPhone users still find it hard to download music into their iPhones without iTunes.

In this article, I’m going to let you in on new tricks to download music on iPhone without iTunes, giving you the freedom to break free from the once-held monopoly and limitations of iTunes. 

1. Download music on iPhone without iTunes via Apple Music

After taking over Beats Electronics in 2014, Apple lunched the Apple music service in 2015. It’s a subscription based music streaming service. It enables you to listen to all kinds of songs without taking up space on your hard drive.

Follow these process to learn how to put music on iPhone without iTunes via Apple Music:

  • First, from the home screen of your iPhone, run the “Music” app.
  • Find the song, playlist or album you wish to download and hit the “more” button. The “more” button comes in the form of dots by the side of the song’s title .
  • Now hit or tap on “Make Available Offline” and wait for the downloading process to start. Check the top of your screen, you will the download bar where the download process will also be displayed to you.

Note: You must have an Apple Music subscription and iCloud Music enabled for this method to work.

2. Dropbox


Dropbox is a private online backup or storage service that is often used for sharing and collaboration. This service is also available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux desktop operating systems and there are dropbox apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices from which you can download using the method i am about to show you below.

Follow these process to learn how to put music on iPhone without iTunes via Dropbox:

  • Create a Dropbox account by signing up.
  • Install Dropbox software on your computer. By doing this, a folder will be created on your computer. Any file you you transfer to the folder will be uploaded immediately to your Dropbox account storage.
  • Transfer or copy all the songs you wish to download to your ios device and paste them to that Dropbox folder on your computer and wait to see your progress from the Dropbox menu of the system tray.
  • Now download and install Dropbox free app on your iPhone from the app store. After installing the app, sign into your Dropbox account from your iPhone.
  • Tap on the song you want and allow Dropbox to steam it.
  • Now swipe the song that you wish to save from left to right and tap the “Star” to mark the song as favorite to save the song for offline listening.

3. Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a subscription based music streaming service which was launched in 2011 by Google. it enables those registered on this service to listen and upload 40 to 50,000 songs free of charge from their libraries. Besides letting users purchase additional songs for their library through the music store section of Google, it also has apps that allows music to be stored and listened to offline.

Google Play Music

Use these simple steps to download music on your iPhone without iTunes via Google Play music:

  • From your home screen Open Google Play Music if you already have the app. 
  • Tap either Playlists or Albums or radio station you want to download at the top of the screen to view your options.
  • Tap on the button you see at the bottom of the album, playlist, or radio station tile. The button looks like three dots lined up vertically.
  • Tap on the “download” button and after that you can start listening to the song offline.

4. Amazon music

Amazon mp3, now known as Amazon music is a music streaming platform and online music store operated by Amazon.com. after its launch in 2007, it became the first music store to sell music without digital rights management (DRM) in 2008. Amazon Music has a great user interface and it comes highly recommended. It allows you to save music for offline listening. After downloading, you can share the songs to other storage devices too.

Amazon music

Use these simple steps to download music on your iPhone without iTunes via Amazon Music:

  • Open the Amazon music app and look for the music you wish to download.
  • Open the More Options menu (“three vertical dots”icon).
  • Tap on the Download option. Note: you can only access Amazon music Unlimited titles and play within the Amazon Music app, songs from Amazon cannot be used on other apps and devices or copied onto CDs and external storage.
  • Tap My Music from the menu. You can also turn on Offline Music Mode Under Settings (”gear icon), to show only the music that has been downloaded to your device and is available for offline playback.

Tip: To quickly access your recent downloads, select “Recents” from the Amazon Music menu and open the Downloaded tab. If you can’t find the music you’ve downloaded, you may need to refresh the Amazon Music app and try again. Open settings and select Refresh My Music, then try your download again, using the steps above.

Note: To automatically download all of your Amazon Digital Music purchases to your device, go to settings and select the automatic download Amazon Music purchases.

5. Media Monkey

Media Monkey

Media Monkey is a nice option that lets you break free from the limitations and flaws of iTunes as you can download songs with it without relying on iTunes. It a free media player for lovers of Windows and comes with many wonderful features.

Use these simple steps to download music on your iPhone without iTunes via Media Monkey:

  • Use the Google search engine to find and download the song you want to computer.
  • Download, install and run the app on your PC.
  • Now connect the computer to your iPhone via a Universal Serial Bus (USB cable). Open the software and click on the “File”
  • After clicking on the “File” tab select “Add/Rescan Tracks to the Library”, A file selection window will be displayed.
  • Find the parent folder in order to locate the music file that you need to export to the iPhone, choose its path, and click “OK”. And after that a confirmation will be displayed to let you know that the folder is in the program library.
  • Finally, Transfer the song from PC to your iPhone by tapping on the iPhone icon on the program menu and immediately the program is done moving the song; a confirmation message will appear, letting you know that the transfer was successful.

6. Dr.fone

This app (formerly known as Data Recorvery for iTunes) was developed by Wondershare to recover lost data and manage files saved on the device. Fortunately, it runs on ios/Android devices and its one of the most effective and easy means of transferring music from your PC to iPhone.

Apply these simple steps below to download songs to your iPhone without iTunes using Dr.fone:

  • Use the Google search engine to find and download the song you want to computer.
  • Install and run dr.fone on your Pc
  • Connect the iPhone to your PC via a Universal Serial Bus (USB cable)
  • Copy the music to the iPhone
  • Copy the music to your iPhone by tapping the “Music” icon at the top interface, then you will go into the Music window by default.
  • Now tap on the “+Add” to select the “Add File/Add Folder” from the drop down menu.
  • Look for the song you wish to send to iPhone from PC, and click the “Open” button for transfer to begin.
  • Now send the song to your iPhone.

7. AnyTrans

AnyTrans is a simple solution that makes it easy to transfer any kind of data stored on your iOS device to your PC or Mac. Just like Dr.fone and Dropbox, AnyTrans can help you avoid the problems associated with iTunes.

Use these simple steps to download music on your iPhone without iTunes via AnyTrans:

  • Use the Google search engine to find and download the song you want to computer.
  • In case your computer does not have a AnyTrans software,
  • Download, install and run AnyTrans on your computer.
  • Connect the iphone to your PC via a Universal Serial Bus (USB cable)
  • Click on the folder containing the songs you would like to transfer and click the “Open” button to transfer songs from PC to iPhone.

8. Bridge

Bridge for iOS is a powerful media app that can work wonders for you if your iOS device is jailbroken. It enables you to save music and videos to your media library right from your iPhone without stress. You don’t have to connect to a PC or synchronize with iPhone. A download manager has to be installed already to enable you to download songs from Safari.

For this app to work, you will need a jailbroken iOS device running iOS 5 or later versions, xSellize repo, active Wi-Fi connection, BigBoss repo, and a Safari download manager.

Use these simple steps to download music on your iPhone without iTunes via Bridge:

  • Launch Cydia and go to Manage, click on Sources, after that click on Edit, then click on Add. If you are on an iPad, go to Cydia, click Sources, after that click Edit and then click Add and type in the following repo: http://cyda.xsellize.com
  • After typing the repo, tap Add Source and then press Add Anyway, then open the Search tab and search for “Bridge”. Install the app with red a red oval marking i.e the cracked version.
  • After installing the cracked app, an Icon will appear on your home screen.
  • Use a Safari download manager to save any song . You may enter the universal resource locator (url) in the Download tab in the Bridge app. After  downloading the file, open Bridge and look for the file. Normally it should be located in /private/var/mobile/Documents.
  • Select the file. A new page will appear.
  • From the new page, you will be able to edit the song title and add album photo.
  • Click on import. After that, you will find the music app in it.

9. Spotify

Spotify is an online music streaming service specially developed to enhance music experience. Spotify is a Swedish media-services provider founded in 2006 with the aim of changing the way we listen to music and am sure many of us will agree that the company has done well in this regard.

After Spotify a long list of copycats, together with Apple Music and Google Play Music seeped into the scene. Now music rent and streaming is considered a customary practice, all thanks to Spotify.

With the Spotify app, users are able to purchase a variety of songs from record labels directly to their laptops, smart phones or other devices.

Use these simple steps to download music on your iPhone without iTunes via Spotify:

  • Download spotify from the ios app store, then lunch
  • Create a spotify Premium account and sign in.
  • Create a playlist by tapping the three dots next to a song, tap Add to Playlist and tap Create.
  • After step 3, Tap the “Download songs switch” to move it to the On position.
  • Right next to the songs you are downloading, a Spinning widget icons will appear. They later become green icons of circles with arrows pointing down. 
  • “Downloaded songs” will appear next to the switch you turned on earlier, that’s how you know when its done downloading a playlist.

10. Pandora

Pandora Radio is a free music-streaming service. iOS device users can get the Pandora Radio app on the iTunes App Store. Once you’ve installed the app to your iPhone, just sign in to your account to play your stations or open a new account and create new ones.

Use these simple steps to download music on your iphone without itunes via Pandora Radio:

  • Upgrade your account to Premium or Plus.
  • After that, turn on offline mode to save songs from Pandora on iPhone.
  • Make sure you have radio stations on Pandora. Create one if there’s none.
  • Tap the three lines and go to Pandora’s menu.
  • You will see an Offline Mode slider at the bottom of the screen, Slide that bar to the right to turn on offline mode. The app will stay in offline mode until you put it back in the traditional mode.
  • Allow Pandora to sync your top four stations onto your iPhone. So you can listen to the top four Pandora stations offline.

11. Rdio

Rdio is a well known music streaming service, its easy to use and comes with a nice user interface. you can download the Rdio mobile app for Android or iOS devices like iPhones, iPad, iPod touch and it also works on both Windows and Mac. The Rdio mobile app can enable you download songs, albums, or an entire playlists directly on your phone or table for your offline listening pleasure.

Use these steps to download music to your iPhone through Rdio:

  • Search the ios app store for Rdio or visit www.rdio.com from your smartphone or tablet and download the mobile version of Rdio directly on your mobile device.
  • Install and run the app
  • Click on the “Download to Mobile” button to download music and wait for the music to start downloading. The song will be saved in the Rdio app.

 you can always play the songs when you are in the offline mode of your device as long as you have an active Rdio Unlimited account.

So I guess it must have been interesting to discover 11 new tricks for downloading music on iPhone without iTunes. If you’ve read this far in the article and found it useful, comment on it below or share it with your friends on social media.

Michael MiPaddy
Hi, I am Michael MiPaddy one of the enigma in MiPaddy.com with experience in forex and cryptocurrency trading, freelancing, entrepreneurship among others but now I am just a passionate writer pouring my heart out on MiPaddy Magazine. Check the about page to know more about me.

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