How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad with Effective Ways in 2019

Are you looking to buy music on your iTunes but you don't know how to buy music on iPhone? Don't worry, this article will show you 3 helpful ways to buy music on iPhone and then transfer the purchased music to iTunes by iMusic .

Aug 12,2019 • Filed to: iTunes Music Transfer • Proven solutions

Are you looking to buy music on your iTunes, but you don’t know how to buy music on iPhone or iPad? Well, then we got the tutorial for you! Down below, we’re going to be teaching you how to buy songs on iPhone/iPad (the traditional way and one after redeeming a gift card!) We’ve also included a helpful trick that you can use if you want to purchase iTunes music on the desktop version of iTunes and transfer it to your iPhone/iPad, so make sure to keep reading till the end!

Part 1. How to Buy Music on iPhone /iPad through iTunes

First, we’re going to start with the basic tutorial — which involves directly buying on your iPad (or iPhone device.) For this, you’re going to need to have an iTunes account, internet connection, and your payment method already set up on your account. If you got all that done, then you should be able to follow our iPad purchase tutorial below fairly easily. If not, then please make sure to do so before proceeding.

Guide to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad through iTunes

Step 1 — iTunes Music

First, on your iPad, make sure that you're on the iTunes Music app. On here, you can browse for the song/album that you want. Be it using the search bar offered at the top right-hand corner of the screen, or through the tags that iTunes has set up (new music, popular, featured, genre, etc.)

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad- be on iTunes music app

Step 2 — Buy!

Once you’ve selected the song/album that you want to purchase, you’ll get an overview of the contents of said album/track (as shown in the image below.) If you selected an album, then you have two choices:

  1. Buy the entire album at a discounted price.
  2. OR buy individual tracks from the album separately.

Either way, you’ll be asked to confirm payment after this (which is where having an iTunes account and set payment details will help), do so, and your music should automatically download and be moved to your iPad’s library!

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad-confirm payment

Part 2. How to Buy Music on iPhone with iTunes Gift Card

For this next portion, we’re going to be twisting things a bit and teaching you how you can redeem an iTunes gift card in order to purchase your songs on an iPhone! This tutorial is mainly for learning how you can confirm your iTunes Gift Card points, which is necessary if you want to be able to purchase songs without having to use the payment details .

Steps to Buy Music on iPhone with iTunes Gift Card

Step 1 — Redeem

If you scroll to the very bottom of the iTunes store, you’ll see two big options “Redeem” and “Send Gift” right over your Apple ID details. For redeeming a gift card click the Redeem option.

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad-click redeem option

Step 2 — Enter Code

You’ll be moved to a transfer screen where you can either redeem your gift card with your iPhone’s camera (snap a picture of it) or manually input the code by selecting the “You can also enter your code manually” option.

Either way, your iTunes points will be redeemed, and you’ll now be able to purchase with it — just like how we showed you in the previous tutorial!

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad-input enter code

Part 3. Tips to Fix Purchased Music Not Showing up on iPhone/iPad

Is your purchased music not showing up on your iPhone/iPad? Here are a couple of tips and tricks that you might want to try when it comes to restoring or locating purchases on your phone!

  1. Recently Added: There’s been an influx of sorting issues with iTunes this year (certain types of content get added to the wrong place, etc.) If that’s the case, check your “Recently Added,” if you’ve just purchased it, it should be there.
  2. Other Libraries: Again, because of a sorting issue, your file might not necessarily have been sorted into your music library. Check out the other libraries (podcast, audiobook, movie, etc.)
  3. Sync: If it’s still not showing up, then you might want to sync your iPad/iPhone to your iTunes library on your PC (if it is using the same account, then it should be there.)
  4. iCloud Backup: If you’re certain that the purchased item might have accidentally been deleted, then try restoring your iPad’s library with an iCloud backup.
  5. iTunes Backup: If you do not have an iCloud backup, then you should check if you have any automatic backups on your PC’s iTunes.
  6. Transfer Purchases: iTunes has a Transfer Purchases feature available if you want to automatically restore all your purchases (available on iTunes desktop.) If that works, you should be able to sync from your iTunes to iPad.
  7. Report Issue: If it comes down to it, you can report an issue with iTunes concerning your purchase (you can do this on your device, the iTunes website, and iTunes desktop.) However, this will only work for purchases that were made in the last 90 days.
  8. Re-Download: Songs that you purchased before should be marked as already purchased. So, you can always re-download it if you want.
  9. Restore from other Device: If you want, you can also use a third-party program (like the one we’re going to be introducing below) in order to restore your purchases using another device.
  10. Download from another source: Again, if you want, you can re-download the purchased item from another source (using another method — like the third-party program we’ll be introducing.)

Part 4.[Extra Bonus] A Recommended Tool to Transfer Purchased Songs on iPhone/iPad to iTunes

As an extra bonus, we’re going to be introducing you to our favorite third-party transfer tool, called iMusic! With this program, you can transfer purchased songs from one device to another — be it your iPhone, iPad, etc. (compatible with Android devices too.) Its transfer feature is available on both Mac and Windows, without much of a difference between one or the other. Options offered by this program include the following:

iMusic - Easily Move Purchased Songs on iPhone/iPad to iTunes

  • iPad to iTunes transfer feature for transferring songs, music, apps, audiobooks, etc. that you purchased on your iPad/iPhone. Device to device transfer is also available (from iPad to iPad, iOS to iPad, etc.)
  • Music/Video Downloader and Recorder feature for downloading your songs from other sources (over 3000+ websites are compatible.)
  • iTunes library feature for connecting directly to your iTunes library — allowing you to edit ID3 tags, add/remove songs, transfer songs manually, clean up iTunes library, etc.
  • Toolbox feature filled with extra tools that you can use to backup/rebuild library, burn a playlist onto a disk, transfer disk automatically to a USB, and so much more!
  • Intuitive and easy to navigate interface that is beginner friendly — we’ll be showing it off below, you can follow along if you want by downloading the FREE trial version!

How to Transfer Purchased Songs on iPhone/iPad to iTunes by iMusic

Step 1 — DEVICE tab

There are four tabs at the top of the iMusic interface — Get Music (download/record feature), iTunes library (iTunes library management features), Device (Device library management features), and Toolbox (extra options and tools.)

The one that we’re going to be using is the DEVICE tab. Make sure that you’re on it, and that you have your device connected! If you do, then you should be able to select the Transfer Music to iTunes option (as is shown in the image below.)

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad-to to device page

Step 2 — Start

A second window, called ‘Copy from Device to iTunes’ should appear on top of your screen. This is just a message telling you that iMusic will be scanning both your iPad and your iTunes library so that it can locate the differences and only transfer what needs to be transferred! Click Start in order to begin the automatic scan!

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad- click copy from device to itunes

Step 3 — Copy to iTunes

Once the differences have been scanned, all you need to do is click the Copy to iTunes button! iMusic will then automatically download all of the songs on your iPad to your iTunes library! Allowing you to enjoy them in both places with no issue.

How to Buy Music on iPhone/iPad- click copy to itunes button

Conclusion: That concludes our quick tutorial on how you can buy music on your iPhone/iPad! As we demonstrated for you today, it’s actually a lot simpler than you’d think! It’s just a matter of making sure that you have everything all ready and prepped. The same goes with transferring the iTunes music that you bought to your iTunes library — especially if you use the third-party program that we recommended for you.

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