How to transfer music from iTunes to Android
With modern technology, access to music has become quicker, easier, and nearly instantaneous especially with music-capable portable devices such as phones, laptops, and media players that allows people to carry around thousands of music files in just one small device.
Music organizer software such as Apple’s iTunes allows music lovers to sync their music with their various mobile devices. iTunes, in particular, makes it very easy for you to sync your media files to your other Apple devices. You can also transfer your iTunes music to your Android phone if you need to.
In this guide, learn how to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. For our video guide, jump to the end of this post.
Manual file copy
The basic way of transferring music is by manually copying your iTunes music files into a temporary folder on your PC. Then, connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable and open your phone’s music folder. From there, you can then transfer your music files from the computer to your phone’s music folder.
If you find the iTunes-folder-Android phone combo inconvenient, you can use third-party software and apps to instantly transfer music from iTunes to Android.
Syncing iTunes and Android with doubleTwist
Several third-party programs allow you to directly transfer your iTunes music to Android. One is the doubleTwist app for both Windows and Mac. This application lets you transfer your playlists, music, and videos from iTunes to your Android phone.
Not all Android users, however, can use this software because this tool is designed for Android devices that support USB Mass Storage. For Android devices that use Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), wireless syncing is a viable solution and will be discussed in a later section.
When syncing files using doubleTwist, take note that the copied music files will stored in the Music folder inside the internal SD card of the phone or tablet.
- Install and launch doubleTwist on your computer.
- Connect your phone to the computer. Make sure USB Mass Storage mode is enabled on your phone or tablet.
- Your device will appear under Devices in doubleTwist. Click on your device’s name to view the device info page.
From here, you can use doubleTwist to transfer all music files, playlists, or selected music files from iTunes to your Android phone.
Transferring all music to your Android phone
- On the General tab in doubleTwist, place a check mark beside Music (All Music).
- Tap the Sync button at the lower-right corner to begin transferring your music to your Android phone.
Transferring music playlists to your Android phone
- On the left pane on the doubleTwist window, click Playlist Setup under Playlists.
- Select either Import (to import your iTunes playlists to doubleTwist) or Create New Playlist (to create new playlists in doubleTwist).
- On the device info page, go to the Music tab.
- Place a check mark beside Sync music to my device and select Only the selected.
- Mark those playlists that you want to transfer to your device.
- Tap the Sync button at the lower-right corner to transfer your playlists and music files to your Android phone.
Manually selecting songs for transfer to your Android phone
- On the doubleTwist window, click Music under Library.
- Select a song from the list. You can select one song, select multiple songs, or select all songs from a single album.
- Drag and drop the selected song(s) to your device’s name listed under Devices on the left pane of the doubleTwist window.
Wireless syncing for iTunes and Android
For Android devices that don’t support USB Mass Storage, you can wirelessly transfer music with the help of a doubleTwist add-on app called AirSync, available on the Google Play Store for about US$5.00.
For AirSync, you’ll still need the doubleTwist app on your Android phone and the doubleTwist desktop client on your computer. Both devices must also be connected to the same local area network (LAN) for AirSync to work.
- Launch doubleTwist on your Android phone.
- Navigate to the Settings tab and activate AirSync.
- Tap Set up AirSync to configure the AirSync connection
- The app will display a 5-digit passcode. Take note of the passcode.
- On your PC, launch doubleTwist.
- Your device name with the AirSync logo will appear under Devices. Click on the device name to open the passcode entry screen.
- Type in the 5-digit code to initiate the pairing process.
- Once pairing is successful, you can now begin transferring your iTunes music to your Android phone (as in the previous section).
Synctunes for iTunes
For less expensive wireless syncing of your music files, you can try the free and ads-supported Synctunes free for iTunes app. The free version lets you sync one playlist at a time with a maximum of 100 songs. Or, buy the paid version, Synctunes for iTunes/Android, for about US$3.00 and remove the limitations and ads. Here’s how to use the app.
- Download and install Synctunes free for iTunes on your Android phone and the Synctunes desktop client for your Windows PC.
- Launch Synctunes on your Android handset and take note of the IP address displayed at the bottom of the screen.
- Launch Synctunes on your computer and type the unique IP address shown on your phone.
- Select a category or a playlist from the list and click Start Sync. (NOTE: If you’re using the premium version, you can select multiple categories or playlists.)
- A window will appear, showing the media files to be synced on your phone. Click Yes to continue.
- A pop up dialog will appear, indicating successful transfer of music files.
Check out our video guide on how to transfer music from iTunes to Android:
iTunes has a very strong association with Apple and Apple products. Yet, it is not impossible to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. This article showed several of the ways to sync your iTunes music with your Android phone.
Which of the methods worked for you? Are you using a method not described here? Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment.
(with contributions from Elmer Montejo)