New to iTunes - Please help

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  1. iphonefreak450, Jun 24, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2017

    iphonefreak450 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    I have this MP3 file that I added to my iTunes playlist and it shows up now on my iPhone's native Music app which is all good.

    Since I don't really know my way around when it comes to iTunes, I have a few questions below.

    1. How can I ONLY backup this one MP3 file which I have instead of backing up ALL my phone settings along with it? I only need to backup that one MP3 file and that's all. I Do NOT want to backup my whole entire phone settings, ONLY that one specific MP3 file.

    2. I uninstalled iTunes from my Windows 10 machine since I now have that MP3 file on my phone and that's all I needed to be add. But lets say I wanted to perform a factory reset on my phone and during the new setup, lets say that I select to Set Up as New iPhone without choosing of course restore backup from iTunes. Is there any possible way to restore that MP3 file at a later time from iTunes within my phone without connecting to iTunes on my PC? I always select Set Up as New iPhone after doing a full reset, that's just the way I am. I like everything to be kept fresh and I don't use much apps at all, maybe like two the most.

    3. I don't know what really caused this, but does iTunes tend to rearrange the columns settings in Windows file Explorer like shown in the attached image? The Downloads folder was organized as Name, Album, Artist and stuff like that...Please see image. Or, maybe I did something by mistake. Before iTunes was installed, the columns looked normal as I try to recall.

    The Downloads directory should of had been organized (as default) as Name, Date Modified, File Type, and Size. But ever since iTunes, it got messed up...But its all sorted now.

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  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    You need to keep a copy of your MP3 with you on your computer. But you may not even need stock music app to play anything at all. There are several good media players in the App Store allowing you to transfer files wirelessly. I use nPlayer, but it’s a paid app and not cheap. One good alternavltive is VLC, and it’s free.
    iTunes does not always change column setting in its app. Whatever windows does do not affect iTunes.
    iTunes backup DOES NOT backup media files you stored in stock music app. so you need to backup that MP3 elsewhere.
  3. iphonefreak450, Jun 24, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2017

    iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    It's on my USB flash drive.
    I never liked iTunes because it's not so user friendly...And it's very bloated as far as the user interface.

    You mentioned VLC, can I upload my MP3 to my OneDrive cloud service and then download the MP3 to my phone and have VLC to play that MP3 file?

    Does VLC on the iPhone lets me play the MP3 file in the background while using other apps?

    Also, I need the MP3 file audio to play in the background even when the phone automatically locks itself.
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    First question: yes.
    Second question: yes.
    Third question: yes.
    You don’t need that bloated s*** to just manage your single MP3 file. It is only helpful when your phone needs some firmware upgrade or restore.
  5. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    I tried downloading it from OneDrive app and does not work...
    It only plays it in Safari and does not open with VLC.
    So is there a way to download this MP3 file onto my iPhone and store it onto the VLC app without having to logon to OneDrive app?

    I'm so confused.

    I don't want to logon to OneDrive every time just to play that file and I do not want to synch with OneDrive either.
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    You don’t need to sync with OneDrive.
    However, you need to tap the small share button on top of the app.
    Then you tap “send file”, OneDrive app will download your MP3. Once there, you can send your file to VLC.
    You do need to login to your OneDrive using OneDrive app but it will not sync your contents to your phone.

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