I was on holidays recently and downloaded and edited some songs from the Internet onto my MacBook Air (Late 2010). It runs on macOS High Sierra.

Then I put those songs on my iPhone (iOS 14.7.1), and they're playing just fine. Now I'm trying to transfer those songs from my iPhone into my iTunes library on my PC. I synced the library, however, the songs are grayed out.

Why is that?

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iTunes doesn't copy music from phone to computer - it never has done.
The computer, whether it's Mac or Windows, is the 'master', the phone is the 'slave'.

Though 'sync' for other date is bi-directional, music isn't. You need to add it to iTunes first, then it can by synced to the phone.


Three possibilities.

  1. The format is (somehow) something iTunes doesn't recognize.

  2. These songs require being logged into the iTunes Store (though that should bring up a dialog rather than being grayed out)

  3. Something about the transfer is causing the files to get "managed" to the point iTunes doesn't recognize them.

  • 1 and 2 can't happen, since; 1: If iPhone can play the song, then iTunes should too(OP's on high sierra, so even if OP's music file's codec was FLAC, high sierra can handle that.). 2: It's non-Apple Music songs, downloaded and edited some songs from the Internet so then they won't require iTunes login, AFAIK. I don't know about 3.
    – Skye-AT
    Sep 10, 2021 at 5:28

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