Applies to: iPhone 13, iPhone 12, and iPhone 11 series

When you want to enrich your iPhone music library, there are generally several ways for you:

Or as in this guide, transfer a CD to iPhone. Compared with the ways listed above, transferring music from CDs to an iPhone is the most difficult.

Why? You can't copy and play the audio files from CDs just as you do with the audio files stored on your computer or external storage device. To get music from a CD, what you need to do is "ripping." By ripping a CD, you can separate the songs from the compact disc and convert CD to MP3 or other formats. Afterward, you can play these songs freely and transfer music to iPhone without iTunes.

To transfer music from a CD to an iPhone, you can either use a professional iPhone data transfer tool or iTunes to get your needs met. Here go the details.

How to Transfer a CD to iPhone Without iTunes

As mentioned above, there are generally two steps to download CDs to iPhone. First, you need to rip music from the CD. Then you can transfer music from the computer to your iPhone.

Part 1. Rip Music from the CD

To copy and convert audio files from a CD, a CD ripper is necessary. If you are a Windows user, you can use the CD ripping feature in Windows Media Player to get the songs from the disc. Windows Media Player is a pre-installed app on Windows. Thus, no software installation is required.

Of course, there are other proven ways to rip a CD. Go to the related guide to check more workable ways if you like.

To rip music from the CD:

Step 1. Launch Windows Media Player and go to "Organize" > "Options."

Step 2. Click "Rip Music" > "Rip Settings" and choose "MP3." (You can select another format according to your need.)

Step 3. Insert the CD into the CD drive on your computer.

Step 4. In Windows Media Player, select "Rip CD" to copy the CD to your computer.

Step 5. Go to the "Music" folder on your PC to check these MP3 files.

Rip a CD

Part 2. Transfer Music from the CD to iPhone

After you get the songs from the CD, now it comes quite easy for you to put music from the CD onto your iPhone. To transfer music from a computer to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the iPhone data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover Pro will do a favor. 

Whether you want to put music to an iOS or iPadOS device from a computer or transfer music from iPhone to computer, it will do it for you. What's more, it also works to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone, which could be quite helpful when you switch from one iPhone to another.

In addition to music in various formats, EaseUS MobiMover also transfers photos, videos, ringtones, audiobooks, contacts, and more. Get it and you can manage your iPhone content freely.

To transfer music from the CD to your iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and run EaseUS MobiMover.

Tap "Trust" on the iPhone screen and click "Allow" on EaseUS MobiMover to allow this program to access your iPhone.

Select "PC to Phone" and click "Select Files" to continue.

transfer songs from computer to iPhone - step 1

Step 2. Select the Music folder or songs that are saved on your PC and click "Open" to confirm.

transfer songs from computer to iPhone - step 2

Step 3. Check the songs that you've selected in the Audio category and click "Transfer" to finish the process.

When the process accomplishes, open the "Music" app on your iPhone to check the transferred songs.

transfer songs from computer to iPhone - step 3

By following the steps above, you can get CDs onto your iPhone successfully within minutes.

How to Download CD onto iPhone with iTunes

One of the roles that iTunes plays is a media player. Therefore, it is capable of ripping a CD. Besides, since it is also an iOS/iPadOS device management utility, iTunes can transfer music from CDs to your iPhone straightforwardly. (If you are using a PC, download iTunes for Windows first.)

To put CDs onto iPhone:

Step 1. Launch iTunes and insert the CD into the CD drive on your computer.

Step 2. When a prompt appears asking you whether to import the CD, choose "Yes."

Step 3. In the "Import Settings" window, choose a format you like, e.g. "MP3 Encoder" or "AAC Encoder."

Step 4. Then click "OK" and wait for the ripping process to finish.

Step 5. Connect your iPhone to the computer and make sure it is recognized.

Step 6. Go to the iTunes library, select the music from the CD, and then drag and drop them to your iPhone.

Import CD to iTunes

If you don't see the popup window, you can go to iTunes and click the CD icon. Select the songs you want to transfer and click "Import CD." Afterward, finish the import settings and wait for the music to be ripped from the CD.


To help you transfer CDs to an iPhone with ease, there are common questions you may have and their corresponding answers.

How to transfer CD to iPhone with iTunes?

Since iTunes is both a media player and iPhone data management tool, you can use it to transfer CDs to an iPhone directly. First, import songs from the CD to iTunes, and then transfer music from the CD to your iPhone.

How to transfer CDs to an iPhone without iTunes?

Even without the help of iTunes, you can also put CDs onto your iPhone. You can first rip music from the CD with a free CD ripper like Windows Media Player. Afterward, transfer music from your computer to your iPhone with a reliable iPhone data transfer tool like EaseUS MobiMover.

How to transfer CD to an iPhone without a computer?

As far as I know, you can't transfer CDs to an iPhone without a computer. Although you can transfer music to iPhone without a computer, you cannot rip a CD or transfer a CD to an iPhone directly without the help of a computer.

The Bottom Line

You can apply the ways above to transfer CDs to iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, or earlier generations. Other than iPhone, you can also transfer a CD to an iPad or iPad touch using either of the ways.

There are times when you may need to burn a CD using songs from your iPhone. That's when iTunes won't help. To get it done, you can transfer music from iPhone to the computer first and then convert MP3 to CD with Windows Media Player or other CD rippers.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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