How to Transfer & Play MP3 on iPhone/iPod, No iTunes Required

Last Updated: June 4, 2018
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How do you play MP3 on your iPhone or iPad? Apple echo system recommends using iTunes for media files streaming. Even to transfer the video and music files between iOS devices, iTunes is the default solution. Here we are going to share a solution to play mp3 on iPhone and iPad directly without using any computer or iTunes. Just to play MP3 on iPhone, you can depend on iPhone Music Player apps. There are a bunch of feature-rich apps from iTunes for different music formats like MP3 on iPhone.

Here we are going to tell you how to directly transfer an MP3 song from PC to iPhones and play on your iPhone. This entire step is based on Wi-Fi and no more worries about iTunes or connecting iPhone to PC.

There are a few steps involved in this workaround, to begin with, we assume that you already have MP3 songs on your PC and ready to transfer.

Copy Music from PC to Dropbox

Since we are not using any wired connection here, we are going to use the help of cloud service to transfer MP3 Song from iPhone from PC. We recommend using Dropbox, an app that provides 2GB free Cloud Space. This free 2GB is more than enough for a couple of hundreds of songs.

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Please go ahead to this link to register for a free Dropbox account with 2GB free. Once you install the Dropbox on your PC, then you can create a folder for the Music in Dropbox and copy all your MP3 files to the new folder.

Related: You can refer the list of iOS Apps that can Stream Music from Cloud storage in Offline.

Setup Dropbox on iPhone/iPod.

Now you have to set up the Dropbox on iPhone. Dropbox is a free app that can install from iTunes with this link. Once you install the app, please make sure to enter the same login information that you provided on your PC Dropbox account. This is to ensure you are using the same Dropbox account on both PC and iPad/iPhone to share the same files and folders on both platforms.

Set Music Files for Offline Access on iPhone

This is to save your cell phone data while you play MP3 on iPhone. Dropbox lets you save your MP3 files offline. When you set any file for offline access on iPhone’s DropBox app, that will consume the iPhone or iPad memory to save the file for offline access.

dropbox set song offlineThere is nothing wrong with setting the files offline if your phone has enough memory space (7 Best Flash Drive for iPhone to Backup Photos, Videos & Contacts). These offline files will act as local files and no need to use your data plan while you stream those from iPhone. This setting is optional if you are worried about your mobile data plan. For iPod or iPad users without a data connection or data SIM card, this is a necessary step to play MP3 on iPad offline especially while you are away from Wi-Fi.

Install iPhone MP3 Player App (optional)

Dropbox itself is capable of playing MP3 on iPhone direct from the Dropbox folder without any third party apps. However, we recommend using one iOS MP3 Player App that can play your MP3 from Dropbox folder on the iPhone.CloudBeats

We used the app Cloud Beats, let you play music anywhere directly from Google Drive, DropBox, Box, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Mediafire, ownCloud and your personal NAS. Please refer few more free iOS Apps to Stream Music from Cloud in Offline that can save your phone data plan.

Once you have all setup is ready, you can move any number of MP3 from Computer to iPhone and set to play offline. This same workaround applies to play MP3 on iPad or any iOS devices. The benefit of this workaround is,  you don’t need to mess with iTunes. You can move around new MP3 Songs to iPhone or iPad, direct from your PC. And these songs will be instantly available on iPhone and iPad while you are on Wi-Fi

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