How to Transfer Your Bandcamp Purchases to Apple Music/iTunes to iPhone & iPad

Posted by Adam Gorden on Mar 28, 2023 4:00 PM.

Purchasing music from iTunes Store makes senses for Apple Music subscriptions. For starters you have the direct access to the iTunes Store and have the ability to purchase the album. Once the purchases are done, you can add them to your Apple Music library to play or download. However, listeners may purchase their favorites on other places such as Bandcamp. Since Bandcamp offers DRM-free purchases and downloads than the 265kbps AAC from iTunes Store.

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Apple Music is one of the best places for listeners to organize their own music collections since both the iTunes and Music desktop apps can be used for organizational use. If you're trying to transfer your Bandcamp purchases to Apple Music or iTunes, you've come to the right place. You can even benefit from our ViWizard Audio Converter - a designed Apple Music converters to have some MP3s from your favorite Apple Music tracks for free.

Part 1. How to Transfer Bandcamp to Apple Music/iTunes with Soundiiz
Part 2. How to Download Bandcamp Purchases to Apple Music/iTunes
Part 3. How to Sync Apple Music/iTunes with Bandcamp Purchases to iPhone/iPad
Bonus Tip: How to Download iTunes/Apple Music as MP3 Audio Files

Part 1. How to Transfer Bandcamp to Apple Music/iTunes with Soundiiz

For starters you can transfer your Bandcamp playlists to Apple Music or iTunes with a cross-platform third-party tool called Soundiiz. With Soundiiz, listeners can bring their favorites across music services. But you should know Apple Music and iTunes are two separate things, so please determine which one you want to set as the destination for your Bandcamp playlists.

To transfer a Bandcamp playlist to Apple Music/iTunes with Soundiiz:

Step 1. Head to Soundiiz desktop site. For new starters, please choose one of the ways Soundiiz provides to log in to Soundiiz.

Step 2. Once logged in, you can start to connect the music platforms you use and convert your playlists one by one for free. For Bandcamp, you can transfer a selected Bandcamp playlist in your library to Apple Music or iTunes.

Step 3. Drag the slider down the side bar until you see the Bandcamp icon.

Step 4. Soundiiz will ask for your permission of the access to your Bandcamp library through the connection to your Bandcamp account. Click Connect, and use your Bandcamp account and password to connect.

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Step 5. Select al the albums you want to add to Apple Music or iTunes after you choose one as the destination and use your Apple ID to continue to the transfer.

Step 6. Confirm your selection and start the transfer.

Step 7. Once the transfer is finished, head to the Music or iTunes desktop app and check for the transferred Bandcamp playlists.

Part 2. How to Download Bandcamp Purchases to Apple Music/iTunes

If you're trying to organize your music collections with your Bandcamp purchases together in the iTunes or Music app, you have to make sure you have a selection of audio files downloaded from Bandcamp on your device to use. Then you're ready to go. Or if you don't have any, head to Bandcamp to start the download.

To download your Bandcamp purchases:

Step 1. Choose one of the following options to download your Bandcamp purchase in the supported audio format by the iTunes or Music app - such as MP3.

1. Right after you finish the checkout process, you have the ability to download that purchase on Bandcamp. Just look for the download link, and the format dropdown to choose the audio format you want.

bandcamp download via checkout

2. When you purchase an item on Bandcamp, Bandcamp will send an email to you for confirmation. If you already completed the purchase, you can head to your email box and look for the email you received from Bandcamp with your purchase together with the "Download your purchase" link.

bandcamp download via email

3. You can also download your purchases via your Collection page on the web or Android devices. Here we suggest you download the purchase you want to put in the iTunes app on a non-separate device.

bandcamp download via collection page

Step 2. Once you have a selection of MP3 audio files downloaded from Bandcamp, you're prepared well to put them to the iTunes or Music app.

To put Bandcamp purchase to iTunes/Music app:

Step 1. Open the iTunes or Music app on Windows PC or Mac.

Step 2. For the iTunes app, head to choose File > Add File/Folder to Library, then browse for the Bandcamp purchases in the Windows Explorer or Finder to use. For the Music app, head to File > Import in the Apple menu, and then select the files or folders in the Finder to use.

Step 3. Once added, your Bandcamp purchases will appear under the Recently Added tab on the side bar. You can now play those music tracks offline.

If you're trying to download a copy of your purchases from Bandcamp to your iOS devices, unfortunately Apple won't allow you to do so directly. However, if you already have added your Bandcamp playlists, albums, tracks to the iTunes app, you can make use of the Sync feature to sync your Apple Music library with the selected contents to your iPhone or iPad. Go ahead.

Part 3. How to Sync Apple Music/iTunes with Bandcamp Purchases to iPhone/iPad

If you have the iOS devices such as iPhones or iPads, you can sync your Bandcamp purchases to the Music mobile app and listen to them together with others in your Apple Music library.

With the subscription to Apple Music and the Sync Library option turned on, your music should be transferred automatically to all your devices with the iTunes / Apple Music app you signed in with the same Apple ID. If you don't have Apple Music subscription, you still have the ability to sync those contents to your iOS device manually.

For Apple Music subscribers:

If you're not sure about the status of Sync option for your devices to sync music, follow these steps to check for it on your device. But please make sure you have an active subscription to Apple Music or iTunes Match to make the Sync option available on all your devices.

To check Sync Library/iCloud Music Library in iTunes/Apple Music:

Step 1. Open the iTunes or Apple Music app on Windows PC or Mac.

Step 2. To make sure you sign in to Apple Music with the same Apple ID, choose Account and view the details of your account.

Step 3. Now check the status of the Sync option in the iTunes or Music app. From here if the option is turned off, you can check the "Sync Library" or "iCloud Music Library" box to enable the settings for your devices.

To check the "iCloud Music Library" setting in iTunes: Choose Edit > Preferences > General > iCloud Music Library.

mac music app sync library turn on

To check the "Sync Library" setting in Music app: Choose File > Library > Organize Library > Consolidate files > General > Sync Library.

To check Sync Library setting on iPhone/iPad:

Step 1. Head to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Select Music > Sync Library. From here you can turn on Sync Library to start the automate syncing.

Step 3. Head to the Music app on your device and check for your Bandcamp purchases in your library.

For iTunes/Apple Music Users:

As stated, if you don't subscribe to Apple Music, you'll need to sync your iTunes or Apple Music library manually to your iPhone or iPad.

To sync iTunes to iPhone/iPad:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the device that runs the iTunes app.

Step 2. When prompts, click the device icon next to the Apple Music contents menu.

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Step 3. Choose Music on the side tab.

Step 4. To sync your iTunes library with your Bandcamp purchases, check Sync Music > Entire music library.

sync entire music library to iphone

Step 5. To start the syncing of your music, click Apply.

Step 6. Once the syncing is done, click Done.

To sync Apple Music to iPhone/iPad:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.

Step 2. In the Finder on your Mac, select the device in the Finder sidebar.

Step 3. Click Music in the button bar.

Step 4. Select the "Sync music onto [device name]" checkbox to turn on syncing of your music. With the "Entire music library" checkbox selected, syncing is set to transfer all your music to your device.

Step 5. When you're ready to sync your music with your Bandcamp purchases, click Apply.

Step 6. Once the syncing is done, click Done.

Bonus Tip: How to Download iTunes/Apple Music as MP3 Audio Files

As Apple Music users, you may wish to download your favorites Apple Music contents in the audio file format you want as you do on Bandcamp. While the iTunes purchases are DRM-protected in AAC formats, Apple Music users can convert the desired Apple Music contents into some popular audio formats. All you need is a powerful Apple Music converter called ViWizard Audio Converter.

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