How to Download Music From a CD to Your iPhone

by Laurel Storm ; Updated February 10, 2017

Your old CD player may be gathering dust now that you listen to music using your iPhone, but that doesn't mean your music collection must suffer the same fate. You can convert the songs on your CDs into digital files and copy them to your iPhone using iTunes.

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Launch iTunes and insert the CD into your computer's CD or DVD drive. By default, iTunes prompts you to confirm importing the music from the CD -- just click "Yes." If the prompt doesn't appear, click the CD icon and then click "Import CD."

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Wait for the importing process to complete. While importing, iTunes displays a progress bar. The song currently being imported is marked with a spinning circle icon, while songs that have been imported display green check marks.

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Click the "Eject" button to eject the CD from your computer. At this point, ITunes returns to displaying your music library. Repeat the process with any other CDs you want to import.

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Connect your iPhone to your computer. If iTunes is configured to automatically sync your entire music library to your iPhone, you don't need to do anything -- the syncing process begins immediately. Otherwise, scroll to the newly added songs in your music library, select them and drag them. As soon as you start dragging, iTunes shows a sidebar containing your playlists and connected devices -- simply drop the music onto the entry for your iPhone to start syncing.

About the Author

Laurel Storm has been writing since 2001, and helping people with technology for far longer than that. Some of her articles have been published in "Messaggero dei Ragazzi", an Italian magazine for teenagers. She holds a Master of Arts in writing for television and new media from the University of Turin.

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