How can I transfer music files from iPhone 5s iOS 12 to Ubuntu 18.10



I have an iPhone 5s with lots of songs that we bought and now we want to transfer them to my Ubuntu desktop.

I tried the old method of just plugging in and it worked, but now it seems that Apple is greedy and do not let us transfer legal music from one device to another.

Is there some program to install (like iTunes with wine, or a rsync / webdav combination that I can use to do it?). Some magic, perhaps? ;D jajajaja

iCloud is out of the question because we are not paying a suscription for that.

Thanks for all your help.


Hi LobaLuna,

You have some options. There should be an scp client for iPhone, in which case you only need to enable ssh on the Ubuntu desktop, or an FTP client maybe, but that should be used only on a private network.

My other option would be an indirect one, trough cloud storage, dropbox clients on both devices for example.

Hope this helps,


Hi, Sandmann

Sounds easy and well.

However, how can I see the music files? I should had said that this iPhone is not rooted.
Sorry to ask silly questions, but I’m more an Android gal :blush::blush:


Hi LobaLuna,

Not a silly question, sadly I’m also more like an Android (or rather command-line) guy as well :smile:
There should be a Files app on the iPhone, that may handle dropbox too, but I’m guessing sort of blind here.

I’ll ask an iPhone expert tomorrow, and return to you with the answers.


Thanks, sandman. I’m lost without your shedlight :wink:


Hi LobaLuna,

Sorry for the delay, it appears that I was wrong two ways, one: hunting down my iPhone expert is not that easy. Two: having a magician with the iPhone does not mean automatically that help is ensured. My contact does not have a single music file on the device, nor could give any useful advice on the issue. So it is a dead end.
This is indeed hard to solve without an actual device at hand to test with…


Hi, sandman.

Well, I have good news.

This «solution» is, mostly, a workaround:

I used the Evermusic application in this old iPhone, then I connected to my computer using a web server transfer page.

I mean, in the same network both computer and iPhone, I can open in my browser in a local address port 8080, I believe, then I upload files, then syncronize account on iPhone, and voilá! Music on my miniwoofer.

It’s horrific that Apple does not communicate or transfer files thru normal regular intelligent tools.


Hi LobaLuna,

I’m glad you found a workaround, but yes, it is sad this can’t be done in a simple way, as we have the technology, open standards, etc. for a long time now.