iPhone 8(+) How to play my music on iPhone?

AMSOS

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I have lots of mp3 music files collected over the years, stored on my computer. I am now planning to listen to my music on my iPhone.

Is there some way I can use the Apple Music app to play these files? I am looking to transfer these files to my phone and not use the internet at all.

If not the Apple Music player, can I use another player?

Thanks!
 

Shirasaki

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nPlayer. VLC. foobar2000. Or heck, even a file manager.
You don’t need to be bothered by Apple music app. It is trash anyway. Only works for us nerds syncing music or for those people using Apple Music.
 

joeblow7777

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Copy your mp3s to your iTunes library, and then sync with your iPhone. No need for a 3rd party app or the internet.

If you've even owned an iPod, using an iPhone as a music player still basically works the same way.
 
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960design

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I just save them to a MyMusic folder on my Mac that is within the Documents folder ( iCloud ). This makes the music available within a 'playlist' on my iPhone. Just tap Files and play. Mostly these days, I just use AppleMusic.
 

AMSOS

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Just tap Files and play. Mostly these days, I just use AppleMusic.
Thanks. But, do you lose out on anything by not directly copying to iTunes and then synching?
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nPlayer. VLC. foobar2000. Or heck, even a file manager.
VLC will be great, actually. But, if I can use the default player, that's even better. I guess I will end up saving some battery, not to mention smoother performance.
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Copy your mp3s to your iTunes library, and then sync with your iPhone. No need for a 3rd party app or the internet.
Thanks. Will do. I am assuming that this will let me use the default Music player with no hitches?
 

joeblow7777

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Thanks. Will do. I am assuming that this will let me use the default Music player with no hitches?
Yup. You can manage your library in iTunes (or whatever they call it now on Macs) including albums, playlists, etc. and once you sync it with your phone it'll all be right there in the music app. Just like an iPod.
 

Shirasaki

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Thanks. But, do you lose out on anything by not directly copying to iTunes and then synching?
Playlist, smart playlist, various view (album, song, complications, genre etc). Ability to star rating a song and love a song (don’t need to have Apple Music). Basically, a whole experience that you can fine tune to your library with iTunes, or soon to be music app.
VLC will be great, actually. But, if I can use the default player, that's even better. I guess I will end up saving some battery, not to mention smoother performance.
Yeah... hmm. I’d say the performance or battery issue is not that obvious. What’s bad is the iOS integration. Apple Music app is definitely better.
 

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in my experience, the farther you can stay away from iTunes the better. I don't use it for anything. It's a trap. And a bad one at that.
Unfortunately in the past (when I was ignorant, dumb and lazy) I purchased some movies via the iTunes Store. What a mistake that was. Highly NOT recommended. Don't do it.
 

AMSOS

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in my experience, the farther you can stay away from iTunes the better. I don't use it for anything. It's a trap. And a bad one at that.
That's interesting, why do you call it a trap? Do you have buying music in mind? I am thinking of just playing songs from my own collection.
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Highly NOT recommended. Don't do it.
So which player do you use? And wouldn't you still need to use iTunes to sync your music library?
 

joeblow7777

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in my experience, the farther you can stay away from iTunes the better. I don't use it for anything. It's a trap. And a bad one at that.
Unfortunately in the past (when I was ignorant, dumb and lazy) I purchased some movies via the iTunes Store. What a mistake that was. Highly NOT recommended. Don't do it.
I’ve never bought anything through iTunes, but it’s perfectly fine for managing media that you already have on your computer and syncing it to your iOS device. Well, except that wireless sync has always been hit or miss.
 

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Guys that like iTunes, how could it happen that we have different versions of iTunes?.. :D Regarding the post, I would definitely stop on VLC or Infuse in case of ripped music. Management is much better and no stupid 'single library' sync. If you want to stick with Music app better get some third-party app like iMazing, it will make your life much easier.
 

mikzn

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I have lots of mp3 music files .... Is there some way I can use the Apple Music app to play these files? I am looking to transfer these files to my phone and not use the internet at all.

If not the Apple Music player, can I use another player?
Put my vote in the "apple music player" camp for iOS devices, been using iTunes since it was called Soundjam and been using iPods and iPhones since they joined the party. Like you i have a huge collection ( at least in in my mind - lol) of CD's and iTunes purchases over the years.

I use iTunes to sync Music to several iPhones / iPads and also to connect my apple TV to my entire music collection and play on the TV / Sound System - not sayin it's perfect - but nothing else comes close by a long shot, (play lists, lyrics, ratings, favorites, artwork etc. and syncing to all your devices)

There used to be an app called "EQLZR PRO" that was pretty good and was pretty cool for playing music on iOS - but now it is no longer available :(

I like the VLC app - got it everywhere from iPhones / iPad to apple TV - but it is not even close to using apple music and iTunes.

I don't think there is any better alternative on iOS
 

joeblow7777

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Guys that like iTunes, how could it happen that we have different versions of iTunes?.. :D Regarding the post, I would definitely stop on VLC or Infuse in case of ripped music. Management is much better and no stupid 'single library' sync. If you want to stick with Music app better get some third-party app like iMazing, it will make your life much easier.
I don’t particularly like iTunes, but it does what I need it to, and the native music app is better integrated than any 3rd party app.
 

Jar Jar Abrams

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I would Google Play, download their google Music Manager mac app, it's free and you can upload 10 thousand songs in any format using your mac or pc, install the google play app on your phone and download what you uploaded to stream or listen offline.
 

Shirasaki

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I would Google Play, download their google Music Manager mac app, it's free and you can upload 10 thousand songs in any format using your mac or pc, install the google play app on your phone and download what you uploaded to stream or listen offline.
If no internet is required at all, that is better. Offline listening is not the same thing as local library listening.
 

Hillll

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I have lots of mp3 music files collected over the years, stored on my computer. I am now planning to listen to my music on my iPhone.

Is there some way I can use the Apple Music app to play these files? I am looking to transfer these files to my phone and not use the internet at all.

If not the Apple Music player, can I use another player?

Thanks!
Why don't you want to use the internet? I do not get it. The way I can think of not using the Internet is to use USB+ file management. But using the Internet will have more transmission options, such as Amazon Cloud Player, Dropbox, MediaMonkey, Google Play, FoneCope Phone Manager and more.
 
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Lyn2012

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I would Google Play, download their google Music Manager mac app, it's free and you can upload 10 thousand songs in any format using your mac or pc, install the google play app on your phone and download what you uploaded to stream or listen offline.
Uploading music just to download it again seems like a complete waste of time, to me at least. I also have sufficient music of my own, ripped from my own CDs, so why on earth would I upload to download when I can just plug my phone into my iMac and sync it across complete with playlists etc. I have no interest in streaming anything and iTunes serves the purpose fine.

However I do love VLC and use it all the time on my iPP for videos. I do use iTunes to get the videos onto the iPP, but use the File Share (or something) option so I don’t need to have my extensive video collection in iTunes.
 

Jar Jar Abrams

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Uploading music just to download it again seems like a complete waste of time, to me at least. I also have sufficient music of my own, ripped from my own CDs, so why on earth would I upload to download when I can just plug my phone into my iMac and sync it across complete with playlists etc. I have no interest in streaming anything and iTunes serves the purpose fine.

However I do love VLC and use it all the time on my iPP for videos. I do use iTunes to get the videos onto the iPP, but use the File Share (or something) option so I don’t need to have my extensive video collection in iTunes.
I’m describing a free option alternative to the question asked, you’re uploading ONCE free! Then you can download, 10,000 songs uploaded for free on google play, download if you’d like otherwise just stream. Of course if you don’t own any music which the OP does you could subscribe to a paid non free alternative. Why on earth? Really. Keep plugging that phone in to iTunes, enjoy iTunes for now it’s history later this year.
[doublepost=1567154757][/doublepost]And just incase the uploading sounds complicated, in google play music manager within the preferences section select your upload location maybe that’s your iTunes music library folder or another folder you have your entire FLAC library within, assign it then a cou-le of days later your entire library is in the cloud for FREE yeah FREE, add to that folder it syncs it’s FREEEEEEE stream or download freee
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I’m describing a free option alternative to the question asked, you’re uploading ONCE free! Then you can download, 10,000 songs uploaded for free on google play, download if you’d like otherwise just stream. Of course if you don’t own any music which the OP does you could subscribe to a paid non free alternative. Why on earth? Really. Keep plugging that phone in to iTunes, enjoy iTunes for now it’s history later this year.
[doublepost=1567154757][/doublepost]And just incase the uploading sounds complicated, in google play music manager within the preferences section select your upload location maybe that’s your iTunes music library folder or another folder you have your entire FLAC or mp3/aac library within, assign it then a couple of days later your entire library is stored as well in the cloud for FREE yeah FREE, add to that folder new music whenever and it syncs it’s FREEEEEEE you can stream it or download and it’s freee
“a waste of time” seriously?
 
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maerz001

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Thanks. But, do you lose out on anything by not directly copying to iTunes and then synching?
Thanks. Will do. I am assuming that this will let me use the default Music player with no hitches?
Just use iTunes.
This is how it’s working since the very first iphone 12 years ago
 

travisc555

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So which player do you use? And wouldn't you still need to use iTunes to sync your music library?
I use MediaMonkey (It is only for Windows) on my PC. I can transfer songs and playlists to my iPhone without iTunes and they all appear in the music app.
 

Pakaku

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10,000 songs uploaded for free on google play
Big deal-breaker. Google's spyware business has no need of knowing what music I listen to.

Besides, you're burning bandwidth constantly downloading your music. I can store it offline and listen to it anywhere, regardless of internet access. And imagine downloading a library of 10,000 large FLAC/ALAC files back to back...
 

Jar Jar Abrams

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Big deal-breaker. Google's spyware business has no need of knowing what music I listen to.

Besides, you're burning bandwidth constantly downloading your music. I can store it offline and listen to it anywhere, regardless of internet access. And imagine downloading a library of 10,000 large FLAC/ALAC files back to back...
lol ya try and help... in a nutshell we have this cool tier with ISP in the western world called "unlimited" and it means I can stream or download for offline or whatever for free never hitting a wall and I bet the OP has something similar, but it doesn't matter if he doesn't because its no different to streaming apple music or spotify, ie very little real world bandwidth used and where did I mention downloading FLAC back to back, I'm not burning bandwidth! I'm helping someone here.
 

Pakaku

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lol ya try and help... in a nutshell we have this cool tier with ISP in the western world called "unlimited" and it means I can stream or download for offline or whatever for free never hitting a wall and I bet the OP has something similar, but it doesn't matter if he doesn't because its no different to streaming apple music or spotify, ie very little real world bandwidth used and where did I mention downloading FLAC back to back, I'm not burning bandwidth! I'm helping someone here.
The only reason I'd recommend streaming is if the OP's iPhone has a tiny amount of storage. But I know I wouldn't buy a tiny iPhone if I knew I had a large music library, it's easy enough to store stuff, and judging by the OP's responses they seem to want a transfer solution.

Also don't forget it's easy to assume your solution is the best or most obvious, since you're the most aware of your living situation. But not everyone uses or wants to pay for unlimited data (that's expensive in some places), some people go outside of cellular/wi-fi range often enough (camping, flights, driving out of town, etc), reasons like that which can make streaming a tough sell