Copying music from iTunes on your PC to an iPhone can be done several ways and is not always intuitive.  Basically, you have two options for copying music to the iPhone: manually and automatically when the iPhone is synced with iTunes.

The simplest approach is to manually copy the songs you want.  Connect the iPhone to your PC and open iTunes.  Select the iPhone in the Devices list, then select the Summary page from the menu near the top of the window.  Towards the bottom of the screen, you should see an option to Manually manage music and videos.  Click the box to select this option.  Next, go to your Music Library in iTunes and drag the songs you want to the iPhone.  This will copy the songs to your iPhone.  The songs will remain in your Music Library, as iTunes makes a duplicate copy on the iPhone.

If you want to setup automatic syncing, the process will vary depending on if you want to sync your entire music library or only some songs.  To sync your entire music library, connect the iPhone to your PC, open iTunes, and select the iPhone in the Devices list.  Select the Music page from the menu near the top of the window.  Click the box to Sync Music and select the button for Entire music library.  Click the Apply button at the bottom of the page and your entire music library should be copied to your iPhone.

If you only want to sync certain songs instead of your entire music library, many people setup playlists to manage what songs are copied.  Rather than confuse things with playlists, there is another option.  Connect the iPhone to your PC and open iTunes.  Select your Music Library in iTunes and select Songs from the menu near the top of the window.  You should see a list of all the songs in your iTunes library.  At the left of each song name, you will see a small square.  Click the square for each song you want to copy to your iPhone.  Next, select the Summary page for the iPhone.  Near the bottom of the Summary page, you will see an option to Sync only checked songs and videos.  Click on the box to select this option, and then click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page.  You may also need to setup iTunes to sync your entire music library as I mentioned above for the sync process to work.  Only the selected songs will be synced instead of the entire music library.

Please note, any songs you currently have on your iPhone will likely be erased when you setup automatic syncing.

 

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