Before smartphones were as powerful as they are today, many of us listen to music on iPods and build up large music collections. We’ve outlined the best ways to transition to Android, including using the official Apple Music app to access your iTunes library.
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1.Using Google Play Music
Google Play Music offers cloud storage for up to 50,000 songs, accessible from both your desktop and phone. Best of all: it’s compatible with iTunes. To sync these two systems, you’ll need to download Google Music Manager (or Google Play Music for Chrome) to your computer and the Google Play Music app to your phone.
Open the program and sign in with your Google Account. Select the location of the music you want to upload (in this case, iTunes), and Google Music Manager will begin downloading the music files it contains.
The desktop version automatically syncs with the Google Play Music app on your phone. Open it, tap My Library and your music will appear. Downloading large music collections can take time. However, since you don’t have to physically connect your phone to your computer, you can start your day while Music Manager does its job.
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2. Using Double Twist
With the free Windows app and the doubleTwist Android app, you can easily sync your iTunes library with Android. First, download and install the program for your computer from the doubleTwist homepage. Then grab your Android smartphone and download the doubleTwist app from the Google Play Store.
Depending on the region, the DoubleTwist app for Android is available free of charge or in a professional version for around $10. The latter offers some special functions that are not required for the synchronization of iTunes and Android.
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Now start doubleTwist on your computer. You can choose to sync your Android smartphone with iTunes via USB or AirSync. I recommend the USB method. Not only is this included in the free version of doubleTwist, it is also much faster than Wi-Fi.
However, before you can click the big “Sync Now” button, you must first right-click the double-spin icon on the Windows system tray and select Preferences>”Use iTunes Library” to click to give access your iTunes library to Double Twist. If you also have a device with a MicroSD slot, you must select an external memory card as the storage location in the settings. Depending on the card, you will able to get the entire music collection on your phone.
If you click Sync Now, your entire iTunes music collection, including all playlists, will be copied to your Android smartphone. If your collection is larger than your smartphone’s storage, this may not be the best solution. It makes more sense, for example, to create an “Android” playlist in iTunes that only contains the music that you really want to copy. After creating the playlist, go to the Music tab in doubleTwist and select the Android playlist you created in the playlists.
Once synchronization is complete, you can now play and use your iTunes music with DoubleTwist Player for Android. However, it is also available to other players if you don’t like doubleTwist.
3. Using iSyncr
There are several special apps in the Play Store for transferring music from iTunes to your Android phone. We tested several and found that iSyncr is the easiest and most powerful.
First, download the iSyncr app from the Play Store to your phone (see link below) and the desktop app to your computer. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and open the iSyncr desktop application.
A window opens automatically asking which files you want to sync with your device. Select the iTunes check box, and then click Sync. iSyncr then transfers your iTunes files to your phone.
When the process is complete, click Finish. You can then play the files on the player of your choice, even if the iSyncr manufacturers recommend their own Rocket Player. It is also possible to transfer iTunes files via Wi-Fi with iSyncr, as long as your phone and computer are connected to the Internet on the same network.
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4. Via USB
If you don’t want to rely on a third-party app to use iTunes with your Android phone, you can manually transfer the files to the device. This method is simple and effective, however, as stated above, it is limited by the available space on the device or its MicroSD card.
Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable. Open Windows Explorer and locate the iTunes folder on your computer. Drag and drop files into your phone’s music folder to copy them to your phone. The music will appear in the selected player app when the transfer is complete.
5. Using Apple Music for Android
Apple doesn’t usually make apps for Android. Apple developed the Apple Music app for Android to enable iTunes customers to smartly migrate to Android. It has flaws, but it’s the official way to listen to your iTunes music on Android.
Because it’s an Apple service, you’ll need an Apple ID to use it. You should already have one because you have music from iTunes. Make sure you get your account if you can’t find the information, and contact customer service if you still can’t access it.
The Apple Music app gives you the same functionality as iTunes and recommendations from a list of 30 million songs. You can keep all the playlists you create on iOS, and transferring them is pretty easy. It is a streaming service (such as Spotify) that requires a subscription. However, the first three months are free. Download it from the following link:
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How to add music from your collection to the Android app:
Open iTunes on your computer where you probably bought your iTunes music or burned old CDs. Sign in to the iTunes Store using the Apple ID on your computer, and make sure you’re signed in to the Android app with the same ID. Start the iCloud Music Library on your computer and wait for it to update. Once that’s done, all of your iTunes music will be available in the Apple Music app on your Android device.
What do you think is the best way to use iTunes on your Android phone? Tell us about it in the comment.