This is one of the most common questions I’m asked and seems to be widely misunderstood.
The first thing to do is to install iTunes on your PC and use your main charging cable to connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC’s USB port. When connected a new icon will appear in iTunes (as shown circled).
We’ll assume that you already have music loaded in iTunes, either from your CD collection or purchased. The next thing to do is create a Playlist.
Click File – New – Playlist
iTunes will now create a Playlist frame and you will be prompted to click edit Playlist to add your music to the new playlist. You can call the playlist almost anything you wish but we’ll leave this example called simply ‘Playlist’.
Click Edit Playlist
Your music library will now appear on the left (sorted by album, artist or song) and the new Playlist will be on the right.
Initially the Playlist will be empty but you can start to populate it by dragging music with your left mouse button from the left panel to the right. Continue until you have created the playlist that you would like, filling it with your favourite music that you want to take ‘on the road’.
Once this is done you will have a custom playlist saved on your PC within iTunes. Now we need to ‘synchronise’ this with your iPhone/iPad to copy that music to your device.
Click on the icon that popped up when you connected your iPhone/iPad to display your device in iTunes.
Next Click on the Music folder under this device
The right panel should now show Sync Music at the top and options below.
Click on Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres
In the first section you should see a list of Playlists. Those created by you and a number of playlists automatically created by iTunes. In the example our ‘Playlist’ is shown at the bottom as it is the newest.
(Note: I have another customised playlist in the list shown that I create earlier called ‘Car’.)
Click in the box to the left of Playlist
This notifies iTunes that we want to send this playlist to our phone/tablet.
Click Sync (at the bottom right of this iTunes window)
iTunes will now synchronise that playlist and copy it to your iPhone/iPad. How long this takes depends on the number of tracks that you have selected. Youi can monitor progress at the top of iTunes.
When in the Sync window you should also note that you can not only choose to synchronise playlist but also bands, genres and albums. You can also ‘mix’ these; so for example you could select a playlist AND select a particular album or band. You can also select multiple playlists (so I could tick Car and Playlist in the example and both would be copied over).