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    Transfer music from iPhone to (my first) Mac
    After loving my iPhone for about a year, I decided to take the plunge and buy my first Mac - a new MBA. But I'm struggling because it seems everything is harder to do. Now I think I'm reading online that I can't transfer my music from my iPhone - an Apple product - to my new MBA - another Apple product? WTF? I don't have the time or inclination to re-burn the hundred CD's that are on there, and I'm too suspicious (and p.o.'d) to pay for software over the internet to transfer music I already paid for... I figured out how to transfer my iTunes purchases, but what about all the stuff I bought via Amazon and CD? Any encouragement would be helpful... I'm becoming a Mac hater over the sheer frustration of it all! Thx, B.

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    Transfer it all from your windows machine. Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes on both computers and transfer away.

    You can't transfer the music from your iPhone back to a Windows machine either without 3rd party software. That's got nothing to do with having a Mac.

    The computer is the repository, not the mobile device. This is an implementation to prevent piracy and is a part of all similar mobile devices.
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    you can use expod to transfer from you iphone to the MBA. its free.
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    Just copy and paste!

    Connect your iPhone with the USB cable, run iTunes (it'll open automatically anyway).

    Now, in the left column, under Devices, you'll see your iPhone. Under that is Music, Movies, etc. - Select Music and you'll see all the music on your iPhone. Select the songs you want and copy (right click + copy, cmd+c, or using the "Edit" menu), now select your music library (near the top) and paste (cmd+v or using the "Edit" menu - right click doesn't seem to provide a paste option here).

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    OS 10 won't support copy-and-paste, and xpod does not appear to work with iPhones... My old PC is crashed, so the music is on the iPhone only.

    This appears to be hopeless... unless there are some other ideas I've not landed on yet.

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    All of your answers lay here

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    Transfer music from iPhone to Mac
    Hey,
    Unfortunately you can't transfer music from the phone to iTunes unless it's purchased music from the iTunes store. You can transfer the apps and purchased music, follow there steps;
    1: Authorize your iTunes store account with iTunes on the MBA
    2: Connect your iPhone to the computer
    3: Right click on the iPhone when it appears in the left hand column in iTunes and select transfer purchases. The iTunes store account on your iPhone has to be the same as the iTunes store account in iTunes on the MBA
    You can also copy photos that are in the camera roll photo album in the photo app. You have to use image capture to do this, it can be found in the following folder - applications > utilities. You can't transfer anything that isn't in camera roll. You can email them to yourself though but it will be one at a time
    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenAtTheDBM View Post
    Just copy and paste!

    Connect your iPhone with the USB cable, run iTunes (it'll open automatically anyway).

    Now, in the left column, under Devices, you'll see your iPhone. Under that is Music, Movies, etc. - Select Music and you'll see all the music on your iPhone. Select the songs you want and copy (right click + copy, cmd+c, or using the "Edit" menu), now select your music library (near the top) and paste (cmd+v or using the "Edit" menu - right click doesn't seem to provide a paste option here).
    That's a nice idea but you can't copy music FROM an iPhone to iTunes in this way
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhatin View Post
    OS 10 won't support copy-and-paste, and xpod does not appear to work with iPhones... My old PC is crashed, so the music is on the iPhone only.

    This appears to be hopeless... unless there are some other ideas I've not landed on yet.
    OSX does support copy and paste.
    Senuti is an excellent tool as recommend already.

    Did your old hard disk die or was it the rest of the components? If the hard disk still functions you can still copy data from it or copy the iTunes library from your backup.
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlebrown View Post
    Unfortunately you can't transfer music from the phone to iTunes unless it's purchased music from the iTunes store.
    Incorrect. With the help of a third-party app, I have done exactly this many, many times.

    Phone to Mac - Formerly Pod to Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone Music Transfer Software

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    I use DiskAid to copy my iPod and iPhone songs to my MBP.
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