So, you’ve taken the plunge and finally purchased that Android phone or device that you’ve been lusting after. It’s amazing, right? As you begin to familiarize yourself with the new interface, awesome customization options, and all of the other little quirks, toys, and gadgets on your new device, you may be wondering just one thing–how to transfer music from iTunes to Android. A hefty music collection is quite the investment. By now you’ve probably amassed a tune or playlist that is basically perfect for every mood, moment, or car ride. Besides the sentimentality of your music library, there’s also the fact that it represents a significant amount of money. You can’t be expected to just give that up, right? Right!
It’s actually pretty easy to transfer music from iTunes to Android, so never fear. Once you’re all done, you can go back to playing with your shiny new toy, with a little help from one of our Android exploration courses that will help you make the most of all of the features (and there certainly are a LOT) of your new device. There are three main options for moving all of your sweet tunes over, so just choose the one that works best for you.
Using A Third Party App
One of the reasons choose to switch to Android in the first place is the absolute wealth of applications that can do pretty much anything–even one that will solve the mystery of how to transfer music from iTunes to Android. This option works well for people who like iTunes and would prefer to continue to manage their music in the iTunes library on their computer. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to use this option:
Download a syncing app from the Google Play store. DoubleTwist is very popular because it’s tidy, it mimics the iPhone’s syncing procedure, so there isn’t too much of a learning curve, and best of all, it’s free!
DoubleTwist and other apps like it usually require a desktop client, the same way that iTunes does. Go ahead and install that onto your desktop if you need to.
Plug in your Android device and wait until the application recognizes it.
DoubleTwist allows you to sync other things besides music (pictures, ebooks, videos, etc.). If you are just interested in syncing your music over, just go ahead and select the music tab and choose sync.
A few notes about this method of music transfer. The first is that If you have tracks with DRM (Digital Rights Management) anti-piracy protection on them, these won’t transfer. This goes for the next two methods as well. The second is that on DoubleTwist, you can pay a little extra to get wifi syncing capability. What could be easier? Also, since you’re keeping your iTunes library on your computer, if you have a Mac, it’s easy to learn how to keep it spiffy and organized with a course like this one, to make transfers run more smoothly.
Using Google Play
Google Play has a Music Manager app that will upload songs from your iTunes library to the cloud. It is also free–to a point–the standard version of Music Manager on the Play Music site will hold up to 20,000 songs for you, and you can stream them directly from the cloud to your device. Any more than that, and there is a monthly fee, but you’ll be able to stream on and offline with no limits whatsoever.
Set up an account on Google Play Music Manager and use the same login information that you used to set up your Android device.
When prompted, tell Google Play that you use iTunes to store your music. It will scan your library and upload the tracks for you.
While you can stream all of the tracks from the cloud, if you want to keep some on your device, simply find the song or album and choose the “keep on device” option.
Doing it The Old Fashioned Way
Ah, the manual file transfer. If you are particularly type-a, or just like to see how things tick, take a look at how to transfer music from iTunes to Android manually. This will help you keep control over what goes where, and also give you a chance to tidy up your library if your musical tastes have changed.
If you’re working from an Apple computer, you need to download something called Android File Transfer. You can find it on the Android website and it’s a snap. If you have a PC, you’re all set to go without this.
Find your music library on your computer. On a Mac, the navigation path will look like this:
On a PC, the navigation path will look like this:
This PC > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Music
Plug your device in using the USB port and wait for the computer to recognize it.
You can drag and drop all of the files to the Android device, or, as mentioned above, go through and tidy up your music library and transfer only the files you know you want to keep. If your files are already tagged with artist, album, and track name, then your Android device will automatically recognize them which will make your library easy to sort on your phone or tablet.
Voila! Now you know how to transfer music from iTunes to Android. Pretty simple, right? Soon you’ll be some sort of Android sensei and you can impress all of your friends with your expert file transfer skills. Or, if your friends are just a little more difficult to impress, you can try your hand at super simple course in Android app development or start making some of your own music to upload with a course in electronic music production.