How to Share an iPhone's Music

by Spanner SpencerUpdated September 28, 2017
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Items you will need

  • iTunes

  • iPhone USB cable

The iPhone is a range of multimedia-equipped smart phones designed and built by Apple. The iPhone can purchase, download and play music, videos, games and applications through iTunes and the App Store. Transfer of purchased items between devices is usually prohibited by iTunes, unless the devices are linked to the same iTunes account. Up to five computers can be linked to one iTunes account, and any devices synchronized with those computers can then share purchased music and other digital content.

Download and install iTunes on your computer.

Launch iTunes and click the "Store" menu, followed by "Sign In." Enter your iTunes user name and password, and click "Sign In."

Launch the "Settings" application on the iPhone, and tap the "Store" button. Enter the same user name and password used in iTunes, and tap the "Sign In" button.

Connect the iPhone to the computer using its USB cable, and click the "Sync" button in iTunes. Allow the iPhone to perform a full synchronization and backup.

Connect the computer to the iPhone, iPod or iPad with which you want to share your iPhone's music, using the USB cable.

Ensure the device is signed into the same account as iTunes and the first iPhone, then click the "Sync" button. Any music added to the iTunes library by the first iPhone will be installed on the second device.


Any music, games or applications purchased on one computer, or one device, can be downloaded for free onto all other computers and devices linked to the same iTunes account.


Only five computers can be linked to one iTunes account, although any number of devices can be synchronized with these computers. Deauthorizing all linked computers is only allowed once a year.


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About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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