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Fastest way to transfer music to iphone?


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Can anyone tell me what's the fastest way to transfer music into any version iphone please and is there a bigger HDD size than 64gb?
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iTunes and no

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iTunes. Only way.
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iTunes and no
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You can have iTunes Match turned on with all your music in the Cloud and then Music is on your iPhone where ever, whenever IF you have access to either WiFi or the phones data through a plan from a phone company.
64gb is the biggest, but I'm betting there will be bigger soon . . . . Although i think 64GB is enough for a iPhone, but could be happy with 128gb on my iPad Mini

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Match doesn't stream to iOS devices though, it downloads them to the device. While a slight difference, it's probably important to keep in mind.

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Match doesn't stream to iOS devices though, it downloads them to the device. While a slight difference, it's probably important to keep in mind.
Although it does start playing them as you download, so it effectively does the same as streaming. The main difference being they stay on your device as they play rather than being discarded as with pure streaming services.

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Although it does start playing them as you download, so it effectively does the same as streaming. The main difference being they stay on your device as they play rather than being discarded as with pure streaming services.
Sure, but this is an important distinction to know... if you (as I do) have many times more audio files than the device can hold.

I actually like the streaming service, since my laptop does not have to retain any of the music locally... I would start running out of disk space

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My music on my Mac are located into many folders with names like "Dance, Reggae, Rock, Pop, R&B" e.t.c, what I need is the fastest way to transfer any of my folders of music into an iphone, ipod or ipad and be able to locate and play the music from their folders exactly like the way I can on my Mac using VDJ or Serato. Thing is I don't want to use itunes, that freakin software may work for you guys but it frustrates the hell out of me so guys, what's best for me here please? I apologize for not having stated this bit of info in my OP.
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There are four ways to get content onto your iPhone.
1. Sync content from an iTunes library
2. Download direct to the device
3. Connect to iTunes, but rather than sync just drag content into a suitable app.
4. Connect wirelessly to the iPhone from your Mac/PC via http and copy content.

It depends on how much you want to avoid iTunes vs your speed requirements.

Option 1 seems to be a non-starter for you.... but see below

Option 2 isn't applicable if you have existing content.

Option 3 means having an app that supports local storage and appears in the Apps page when your phone is connected. You drag your content into the app and it's copied onto the device without 'syncing' with the library. This is the fastest way between 3 & 4.

Option 4 means you don't need iTunes at all but the transfer will be slower over http/wifi (see apps like Air Sharing or File Browser for example)

Option 3 & 4 won't use the built in Music App so you'll need to find a Music player app you like that supports transfers in one of those ways.

I can understand your reticence at using iTunes. Sometimes it can feel like it's out to get you.

But...... I'd suggest if you want to keep the system you have now you can setup iTunes not to manage your library and just leave your folder structure where it is. This means the tracks appear in iTunes but it won't move or re-organise them. Then create a playlist for each folder of content.
Then sync your iPhone with selected playlists - So now, each playlist will represent a folder.
This way you have fast, managed syncing, you keep your folder control.

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Thank you very much for taking the time for that lengthy explanation but I don't even want itunes on my system. Essentially what I am seeking is an easy "windows" method of transferring my folders or individual tunes to an iphone, ipod and ipad. I have been searching the net and have found utilities or software such as:

How to Transfer Music to iPod without iTunes - iMobie Guide

so I am guessing there is no way to drag and drop like in windows? If not, then is there one software available which will easily do the transferring between computer and all 3 [iphone, ipod and ipad] instead of having to find separate softwares for each? It doesn't have to me a Mac software, a windows software which will do all 3 will be fine, any ideas?
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You can't drag and drop onto an iPhone, iPad or iPod on Windows or other OS without having iTunes installed because the file system isn't mounted like a USB mass storage device.

Even apps like iExplorer and DeTune require iTunes to be installed. I don't know of any way to do what you want outside of the methods I've described earlier.

Perhaps someone else knows differently and can suggest otherwise.

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ok, so I will need to use a software utility for each of them, that narrows it down, thanks for helping!
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I'm not quite sure that's what I meant....

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