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iTunes: Transferring media from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iPod

Depending on your Apple device, iTunes can sync media such as music, movies, TV shows, photos, podcasts, and books to your device. With iTunes, you can transfer media that you purchased through the iTunes Store to your iTunes library.

You can transfer media using these methods:

Music purchased from the iTunes Store
Music imported from a CD or other source
Camera Roll photos and videos
Photos synced from a computer
iCloud Photo Stream3
  • iCloud automatically updates Photo Stream photos on all devices using Photo Stream3.
Movies and TV shows purchased from the iTunes Store
Movies and TV shows imported from other sources
Books purchased from the iTunes Store
Books imported from other sources
Podcasts
  • Download the podcasts from their original source.
Movie rentals

  1. iTunes in the Cloud is supported on up to 10 devices:
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later
    • iTunes for Mac or Windows 10.3 or later
  2. If you use an iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, or earlier iPod model, use iTunes in the Cloud within iTunes on your computer. Previously purchased content may be unavailable if it's not in the iTunes Store. Learn more about downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store and which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country.
  3. iTunes Match is supported on these devices:
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • iPod touch with iOS 5.0.1 or later
    • iTunes for Mac or Windows 10.5.1 or later
  4. If you use an iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, or earlier iPod model, use iTunes Match within iTunes on your computer. iTunes Match is subject to subscription purchase and availability. Learn more about subscriptions to iTunes Match.
  5. Photo Stream is for photos only and is supported on these devices:
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • iPod touch with iOS 5.0.1 or later
    • Mac with OS X Lion or later
    • PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7
  6. Learn more about Photo Stream.

Additional Information

You should back up your iTunes library.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Feb 11, 2014
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