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.
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.
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.
From here, you can use doubleTwist to transfer all music files, playlists, or selected music files from iTunes to your Android phone.
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.
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.
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)
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When I had an iPod Touch, I used iSyncr.
Simple to use & great results.
Nowadays I just drag & drop files from my laptop to a Micro SD card. Don’t miss iTunes.
I am just saying, don’t hate. But I think this article over complicated the whole process. But then I thought about the audience this article was written for and it hit me, OHHHH iPhone users. duh?
I agree with you. In fact, it can be much easier to transfer music from iTunes to Android, what we need to do is just export the music from iTunes backup files, and then transer them to Android. So, the keypoint of this issue is how to extract audio from iTunes.
To do this, the data recovery here can perfectly fulfill the task: http://www.iorgsoft.com/data-recovery-mac/, give it a try
Have tried Doubletwist and iSyncr(WiFi sync) is much better. Can’t speak for the other program.
Love iSyncr, though not their Rocket Player (sorry). If you have a lot of music and the phone can’t hold it all, they have a great tutorial on setting up smart playlists to ensure your music stays fresh. Mixzing Pro is a super player if you are still looking.
Or you can download Google Play Music’s Music Manager on your computer and it will upload and sync your music with your Google account. This is free and way more easier than using DoubleTwist.
I love when people suggest this, but for someone without an unlimited data plan and/or wants to put their music on an SD card (not internal storage), what then? Google music doesn’t cut it.
With Google Music Manager you can download any of your music to your phone when you have a WiFi connection and you don’t have to use any data. It’s easy to move music on and off your phone. You don’t have to stream.
Again, not everyone wants to download the music to internal storage. With Google Music, you currently CANNOT download to an SD, ONLY to internal. So, sure you can download to WiFi all you want. But there’s no convenient solution to download to an SD card.
You can only download songs from google music Twice !!! Even songs you own and uploaded. And only download to internal sd card not the one you can put in yourself that is called external ,
FYI, support for this was recently introduced (though not on all devices yet). http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57614747-285/how-to-enable-sd-card-support-for-offline-google-play-music/
Question…I have been using the drag/drop to my SD card method (used doubletwist until my phone updated and no longer supported Mass Storage). Google Music, for some odd reason, won’t recognize ~90% of the music on my SD card. I’ve tried with different SD cards, same result. What’s the issue?
Google is going the MTP route so the Mass Storage looks to be extinct. Everyone thinks this is bullcrap, it makes syncing that much harder.
The only way is to root your smartphone and install apps like USB switcher to switch to Mass storage.
Yup, won’t be rooting my phone. Don’t trust myself haha. Thanks though. DoubleTwist has said for months and months that they were going to improve the app to support MTP, but…like I said, “months and months.” We’ll see.
AirSync with DoubleTwist is a great solution for most people with a pretty quick internet connection. It worked well because the S3 would not connect with my MacBook Pro well through USB but had no issues with WiFi connect. Now I have an HTC One and the HTC Media Sync software works fantastic with a wired connection and is extremely fast.
Also, DoubleTwist and AirSync tend to have some mishaps when it comes to syncing correctly without creating doubles and accidentally deleting songs, but not often enough to worry too much about it.
Got a question for you guys. I uploaded all my iTunes music to Google play So I can listen to it online… Don’t have enough memory on my nexus. Anyways like 2000 of my songs go under unknown artist. They loss their artist name for some reason and it’s just so annoying. Any suggestions?
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In a android every song as of same album has same cover while my last iPhone used to show up every cover can anyone help me this method will solve my problem.
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I use TuneSync, you can keep using your iTunes library that took forever to organize, sync’s wirelessly and transfers covers/file info.
the easiest way is to use google’s music manager to upload all of your itunes music to google play
The best way I tried was to use Aovsoft Media Converter to remove DRM from iTunes movies, TV shows, music, and then convert to any formats without DRM protection, then sync to android.
hohoho, iTunes? forget it. Now you should try this iOS to Android transfer tool, easy, quick and safe.
I tried, but it does not work, I finally use this iPhone data recovery to export all music in iTunes backup and them add to my Android device. It works. You can have a try. http://xavc-to-fcp-converter.jimdo.com/iphone-data-recovery/
Here is a helpful guide to transferring music from iTunes to Android
It did work for me.
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Hi, i copied my purchased songs off my itunes into a new folder (i made) in the music section in “my computer” an then copied the folder to the music folder on my galaxy s4 and they work fine any reason why when i searched to find out how no one had written up this simple way to do it? Does it not always work?
This will always work. Most people don’t realize that things are very simple if you just try to do it. The only reason this may not work depends on the music player you use. I currently use the Samsung music player that came with my Galaxy S4. I’m sure you are too.
I dont have a computer are there any other ways to tansfer my music I only have 70 songs I got my new phone yesterday and am tring to figure out a different way
just redownload it somewhere and call it fair use,
Thanks so much for this helpful article. I did the sync of my iTunes to my new Droid MAXX (not Razr Maxx). Sync finished, but I can’t find it anywhere on my phone. How do I find my music??
First of all, plug your phone into your computer using a USB cable.
1. Open your documents
2. Open your music library
3. Under ‘My Music’ go to your iTunes folder
4. Open the folder iTunes media
5. Open the folder music
6. In here, you will see folders of the artists from your iTunes library. Click on the desired one.
7. This will bring you to folders of the albums written by the artist you chose in step 5, click the one you want.
8. Here will be a list of songs with icons that look like white pieces of paper with a blue music note on them.
9. From here, you’ll have to look to the left side of the window under ‘computer’. This will be a list of hard drives and other devices in/connected to your computer. One should be the name of your phone or something noticeably similar.
10. Pick the desired song and drag it over the hard drive of your phone listed in step 9. From here the song will automatically sinc to your phone’s music library.
can someone answer me these few things
will it retain the ratings for the songs?
will it retain the smart playlists?
jesus christ android is a joke, you cant just drag and drop iTunes music onto the phone, for fucks sake that’s where most people keep there music anyways! i hope a developer from android is reading this shit.. go fuck yourselfs
Not sure if ur trolling, but u should understand that is apple who setup iTunes and made it difficult to move the music to another device. The more difficult change is the less people will move from their platform.
I always thought iTunes is basically a short cut into the actual file folders on your computer. im able to drag and drop music on an sd card or external hard-drive but not onto my android phone… so im guessing android was the one who made this incompatible?
Fair enough. I have no problem transferring data from my itunes music to my sd card in my phone (S3). Music was imported not purchased from itunes. Download an audio file fron the net and give it go, easiest way to fibd the culprit
The first paragraph describes that you can drag and drop. The rest of the article is different options for syncing.
Itunes are bitches money grabbers dont want android to have it easy….
Was searching around for a better option… I just switched from iOS to Android.
Easy Phone Tunes worked flawlessly.
I’ve found Tunesync to work extremely well for transferring. I’m not interested at all in constant manual updating. I set-up a couple playlists, sync those playlists in the tunesync app on my phone, and it automatically updates over wi-fi. Don’t even need to plug in.
The one thing I wish could be done is shrinking the files. Like on itunes/ipod/iphone, there’s an option to automatically convert files to lower AAC when importing on the phone. I’ve started to get music in lossless formats, so it would be great to have lossless on iTunes, but have those files automatically convert to, say, 320 mp3 when transferred onto the phone. Ah well, don’t want to buy an iphone.
How to get iTunes on Android?
When I want to transfer my Android phone music to PC, I use the Coolmuster Android Assistant to help me,I also using this tool to manage my Android phone data.
Here is the solution: http://www.coolmuster.com/android/transfer-text-messages-from-phone-to-computer.html
Hey, I copied my songs from iTunes onto my android phone so the music plays fine on my phone buuuut it won’t play on my PC, it says ” The song ___ could be used because the original file cannot be found. Would you like to locate it?”. So i said yes but then I couldn’t find it on any of my files. HELP PLEASEEE??
Doubletwist worked like a charm on from my Mac Book Pro to my new HTC One. Thanks!
I have followed the instructions however I am getting a message that says some of my music may not play; why is that and what can I do to get those songs to play?