Here's how to add music to the Music app on iPhone or iPad.

For some, the advent of Apple Music will mean their own personal collections will become small seas in the giant oceans of the full streaming catalog. For others, however, who don't want streaming, My Music is still the place or organize and enjoy your personally purchased or ripped music. There are four ways to add songs to My Music within the Music app.

1. Purchase music

Even in the age of Apple Music, the iTunes Store still lets you buy all the music—and movies and TV shows—you want to own. You can buy songs or albums from the iTunes Store; once they've downloaded, the tracks will appear in My Music. And if you've bought songs on another device, you'll have those available to you to download via iCloud Music Library.

  1. Open the iTunes Store app.
  2. Search or navigate to the song or album you'd like to purchase.
  3. Tap on the price next to the album or song name, then tap again to confirm you want to Buy. Depending on your settings, you may need to enter your password.

  4. You can see the download status of your recently purchased tracks in More > Downloads. When your tracks have finished downloading to your device, they'll appear in My Music.

2. Use the Apple Music catalog

If you're subscribed to Apple Music, you can add music to your library by tapping the More button (looks like •••) next to a track, then tapping Add to My Music.

  1. Open the Music app and find the song you want to add.
  2. Tap the More button (looks like •••) to the right of the music.

  3. Tap Add to My Music.

3. Use iTunes Match

If you use iTunes Match, you can enable it on your Mac to match and upload your songs to Apple's servers; from there, you can access that content within My Music on any of your devices.

4. Add content manually

Sometimes you may not want to download tracks over the air or from iCloud Music Library. In those cases, you can add content manually to your iOS devices or your Mac.

If you're not using iCloud Music Library, you can use iTunes to manually sync your songs to the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or to store your songs on your Mac. It may not necessarily be the most glamorous way to add music in 2015, but it's faster than downloading over Wi-Fi, and lets you add a bunch of offline tracks to your devices for future listening.

  1. Make sure your iPhone is logged out of the Music app. (Tap on the Account button, then tap Sign Out.)

  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac via USB charging cable.
  3. Open iTunes (if it doesn't open automatically).
  4. Click on the Device button in the toolbar to the left of the My Music tab.
  5. Select the Music tab in the sidebar.

  6. Check the Sync Music box.
  7. Choose either to sync "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". If the latter, choose the tracks you'd like to upload to your device. You also have the option to "Automatically fill free space with songs," which will take up the remaining space on your device with tracks from your Mac.
  8. When you're finished, click Apply to begin the sync process.
  9. Once it's done, you can disconnect your iPhone from your Mac by pressing the Eject button.

When it comes to iPhones, iPads, and iPods, there's still no way to add non-iTunes music to your Music app. That said, there are plenty of third-party apps that can either play music from online storage services or stream it from your computer's repository.


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