How to Download Music From an MP3 Rocket to an Apple iPhone 4

by Randall Blackburn

    Even though the MP3 Rocket YouTube downloader and MP3 converter app is intended for the Windows operating system, once you have acquired your music selections using MP3 Rocket, you can transfer the audio files from the app to your iPhone 4 using iTunes or one of several third-party applications. Using iTunes is the official and preferred method for accomplishing this task, according to Apple.

    Preparation

    To download MP3 Rocket music to your iPhone 4 using iTunes, start by updating the iTunes application to the latest version. Allow iTunes to perform a complete software update before attempting to transfer your MP3s. Note that iTunes will not transfer DRM-protected files of any type, so exclude any DRM-protected music or audio book files from the transfer process.

    Configure iTunes

    You must configure iTunes to manually manage your music files in order to transfer MP3s from MP3 Rocket to your iPhone. To set manual management in iTunes, connect your iPhone to your computer, launch iTunes, select your iPhone in the left navigation panel, click the “Summary” tab, and then check the “Manually Manage Music and Videos" check box. Click “Apply” to save the settings, and then create and open a new playlist in iTunes. This new playlist will hold your imported MP3 files.

    Transfer Music With iTunes

    With iTunes open and your iPhone 4 connected to your computer, open the MP3 Rocket application and locate the songs you want to transfer to your phone. Hold the “Ctrl” key down, click to select each song to download, and then press “Ctrl-C” to copy the files to your computer’s clipboard. Click inside the new playlist you created in iTunes, press “Ctrl-V” to paste the files into the new playlist, and then sync your iTunes with your device to transfer the MP3 files to your phone.

    Third-Party Applications

    You can also transfer MP3 Rocket music to your iPhone by installing third-party applications on the computer you use to sync with the iPhone. However, you still need iTunes to use Windows-based third-party programs because iTunes includes the iPhone 4 drivers to enable the computer to recognize the device when it's connected via a USB cable. Third-party apps include Media Monkey, a popular, full-featured music player for Windows; Wondershare MobileGo for iOS, a Windows-based free alternative to iTunes that offers music syncing capabilities; and GktPod iPod Manager, which can transfer music between your iPhone and Linux or Unix computer (see Resources). Note that while Linux and Unix do not support iTunes, the iPhone device drivers are included with the operating systems.

    About the Author

    Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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