How to Copy Music CDs to an iPhone

By Kefa Olang

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • iPhone

  • iTunes

  • USB cable

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The iPhone's built-in iPod player enables you to upload and play back music. You can rip your favorite CDs and upload the songs to your iPhone. Rather than carrying a large case with a hundreds of music CDs, you can digitize them and upload the songs to your device. With the iPhone's small stature, and large memory size, uploading music from your CDs is convenient for listening to high-quality digital music wherever you go.

Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cable that comes with it and launch iTunes if it does not launch automatically.

Insert your music CD into the CD/DVD-ROM drive on your computer. iTunes displays your iPhone and music CD on the left panel under "Devices.”

Click your music CD. You should see the CD songs on the right panel. Check the songs that you want to import from your CD and upload to your iPhone. Click the "Import Settings" button on the lower right corner to launch the "Import Settings" window.

Select the import format that you want to use and select the input quality. Click "OK" to save the changes. Click "Import CD." Itunes imports the CD music to its library. Click the "Music" tab on the left panel to view the imported songs.

Click the "+" symbol located on the lower left corner to create a new playlist. Name the playlist whatever you want. Click the "Music" tab again. Drag the songs you imported from your CD into the playlist that you created. When you finish, click your playlist, and drag the songs up or down to select the playback order.

Click your iPhone on the left panel under "Devices" when you finish organizing your playlist. Click the "Music" tab and click the "Sync Music" check box. Click the "Selected playlists, artists and genres" radio button. Select the playlist containing the songs you imported from your music CD and click "Apply" to upload the songs to your iPhone.