Add Music Easily to Your iPhone, iPad or iPod, When Manually Managing Music with iTunes 12

When you sync music to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you can choose to manually manage this content. Instead of having iTunes sync all of your library, or specific playlists, you can choose to pick each song, album or playlist you want to add to your device. To do this, you check an option from the Summary tab when the device is connected:

Manually manage

Manually managing music can be a headache. You have to find each item you want to copy to the device, then drag it. But iTunes 12 has an improved interface for this process. Here’s how to add music to an iOS device manually.

First, select the iOS device in iTunes. Scroll down to the On My Device section; you’ll see the various types of content. Click Music, and you’ll see this.

Music manual

Next, click Add To. You’ll see a column at the right of the window, showing whats on the device, and, to the left, My Music is selected.

My music

You can select items from the My Music list and drag them to the right-hand column. I have the Column Browser displayed in the above screenshot; you can do this by pressing Command-B. It makes it easier to find items by genre, artist, etc.

To add playlists to your device, click Playlists in the header bar; you’ll see the playlists in a sidebar to the left.

Playlists

Just click a playlist to select it, then drag it to the list at the right of the window. Continue until you’ve added everything you want, then click Done, and iTunes will copy your music to your iOS device.

2 thoughts on “Add Music Easily to Your iPhone, iPad or iPod, When Manually Managing Music with iTunes 12

  1. I suppose this belongs in comments about Apple Music, but after I enabled the free trial of Apple Music 3 months ago, I went to add some files taken from my own cd library, ripped Apple Lossless format to enable a small portion of my personal music library to be played on my iPhone. I do this through the “manually manage” method to avoid having unnecessary extra copies synced. When I tried to do this, I got a message stating that if iCloud Music Library were turned on I could NOT manually manage my library! I guess I didn’t realize that by subscribing to Apple Music iCloud Music Library must be turned on, and is done so by default. I could turn iCloud Music Library off, but then could no longer locally download Apple Music content to my iPhone or iPad. I couldn’t even save titles I wished to stream, but had to use the search feature and stream the content. Here’s a bit more about the issue from Apple’s support page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201593

    I had not been sufficiently happy with Apple Music to consider becoming a paid subscriber in any case, but to me this was a deal breaker, not to mention head scratcher. Why must this be the case? If only Apple would separate Apple Music to its own app could this be avoided? My experience with Spotify and their IOS app wasn’t particularly happy either (locally downloaded content hangs around after you “delete” it for quite some time, necessitating deleting and re-installing the app in order to reclaim the space taken up by those files), and Google Music, while better, crashed my phone’s car audio connection interface every time a call came in). Tidal’s app is actually quite decent, and coupled with the possibility to (overpay) for lossless quality, that’s become my choice.

    Although I didn’t continue Apple Music, that whole debacle with manually managing content to my IOS devices led me to investigate other options. The Vox app for IOS (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vox-music-player-listen-to/id916215494?mt=8) allows me to add my own content, including Flac format (which I prefer) without any of the nonsense that iTunes imposes on my desired behavior. Much better! Gone are my days of converting titles I’ve already purchased in Flac format to Apple Lossless if I wanted them on my IOS devices! You have to make sure your tags are correctly set otherwise you’ll have one big “unknown album”, but it’s a small price to pay for flexibility. You can even drag “hi-rez” files to the app, although hardware restrictions currently limit playback to 16/48 output….hopefully that will change sometime in the future.

    Cheers,

    Neal

  2. I suppose this belongs in comments about Apple Music, but after I enabled the free trial of Apple Music 3 months ago, I went to add some files taken from my own cd library, ripped Apple Lossless format to enable a small portion of my personal music library to be played on my iPhone. I do this through the “manually manage” method to avoid having unnecessary extra copies synced. When I tried to do this, I got a message stating that if iCloud Music Library were turned on I could NOT manually manage my library! I guess I didn’t realize that by subscribing to Apple Music iCloud Music Library must be turned on, and is done so by default. I could turn iCloud Music Library off, but then could no longer locally download Apple Music content to my iPhone or iPad. I couldn’t even save titles I wished to stream, but had to use the search feature and stream the content. Here’s a bit more about the issue from Apple’s support page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201593

    I had not been sufficiently happy with Apple Music to consider becoming a paid subscriber in any case, but to me this was a deal breaker, not to mention head scratcher. Why must this be the case? If only Apple would separate Apple Music to its own app could this be avoided? My experience with Spotify and their IOS app wasn’t particularly happy either (locally downloaded content hangs around after you “delete” it for quite some time, necessitating deleting and re-installing the app in order to reclaim the space taken up by those files), and Google Music, while better, crashed my phone’s car audio connection interface every time a call came in). Tidal’s app is actually quite decent, and coupled with the possibility to (overpay) for lossless quality, that’s become my choice.

    Although I didn’t continue Apple Music, that whole debacle with manually managing content to my IOS devices led me to investigate other options. The Vox app for IOS (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vox-music-player-listen-to/id916215494?mt=8) allows me to add my own content, including Flac format (which I prefer) without any of the nonsense that iTunes imposes on my desired behavior. Much better! Gone are my days of converting titles I’ve already purchased in Flac format to Apple Lossless if I wanted them on my IOS devices! You have to make sure your tags are correctly set otherwise you’ll have one big “unknown album”, but it’s a small price to pay for flexibility. You can even drag “hi-rez” files to the app, although hardware restrictions currently limit playback to 16/48 output….hopefully that will change sometime in the future.

    Cheers,

    Neal

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