If you are a music lover, then there is no way that you would not own a cell phone that does not have the ability to play and store music. While with most mobile phones, transferring music to and from the phone to a computer is hardly a Herculean task, if you own an iPhone though, transferring music can be a slight problem. This is because of the restrictions that iTunes places on transferring music.
The Transferring Process
One of your best bets would be to use one of the free utility software in order to copy music from your phone. For a MacBook user, the best option would be to use a software like Senuti. The new beta version of this software is compatible with the iPhone and the iPod touch and therefore, helps in transferring music for free. Download this version and install it on your computer.
The next step is very easy. All you need to do is select all the songs that you need to transfer and select the option for transfer. If you are looking at transferring music from iPhone to a computer that uses Windows, then use the latest iPod plug-in for Winamp which will help you transfer music without jailbreaking the iPhone.
Transferring audio files from your iPhone to computer manually will need you to put in a little more effort. First and foremost after you jailbreak your device you will need to ensure that it has the BSD Subsystem and the OpenSSH apps. You will also need a SFTP application on your iPhone. This will allow you file access, transfer, and management abilities. You will have to ensure that your iPhone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Set autolock to never. This will eliminate the problem of connections dropping.
Once your Apple iPhone reflects as a drive, direct yourself to the path, private/var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control/Music. In the folder, you will notice a number of folders named F00, F01, F02, etc. Every one of this folder will have your music and video files in it. You can move the entire music folder to the computer.
Depending on how much music you have stored on your phone, this process could take some time. After the music is transferred, you can drag and drop the music folders to iTunes. It should be able to recognize the information in the files including the details such as the name of the file and the name of the artist. You could rename and organize the files by using the option to keep iTunes music folder organized.
There are some problems that you may experience with this method. You may not be able to save playlists if you use this process. Also, you will not be able to transfer play counts or ratings using the method. While transferring music, these are but minor issues that should not cause much of a headache. Now you can put all your worries to rest and transfer music as and when you want.