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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.

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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.

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  • 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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