How to Get Your iTunes Music to Android

by Dan Forster - , Last Updated on September 1, 2015, How To Guides

If you’ve made the big switch from iPhone to Android, or indeed if you’ve just been a fan of using iTunes for your music needs, you might be wondering how to transfer all of those tracks to your Android phone. That’s why we’re taking a look at the best and easiest ways to move music out of iTunes and to your mobile. You won’t need much technical know how, and you should be able to do this easily, though how quickly will depend on how much music you have to move…

A Warning First

Whichever method you use you may find that iTunes refuses to transfer some tracks or albums. This generally only happens to people who have downloaded music through iTunes outside of the UK and are now in the UK (and is due to music rights being different in different countries). If this happens, you should get a pop up list of things that weren’t transferred. You can always try to transfer them again, since it might have been a technical glitch, but if that doesn’t work you’re going to be stuck listening to those tracks through iTunes only. This is not a common problem however, but it’s only fair to warn you.

File Transfer

Let’s start with the old fashioned way. You can just drag and drop music files from iTunes into your phone. This might take you a while, but it’s pretty easy. First, if you’re working on a Mac you’re going to need to download the Android File Transfer app. If you’re on PC, you won’t need anything. Now, plug your phone into your computer. There might already be a music folder on your phone, in which case transfer tracks there, if not, just create a new folder called music. Now, you’ll need to find your iTunes tracks… If you’re on a Mac these will probably be located under Music, iTunes, iTunes Media. On a PC try looking in Music then My iTunes Music. You should then be able to click and drag files (or copy and paste) onto your phone. Easy.

Using Google Play

Another option is to use Google Play, which is going to give you a couple of benefits. Google Play is a lot like iTunes for Android in that you can buy music and even stream if you want to. It comes preloaded onto most new Android phones, and it’s simple to use. All Google users (meaning if you’ve got a gmail account) get free storage for up to 20,000 songs, after which you’ll need to pay. If you go this route you’re going to need to load your songs into Google Play…

Go to play.google.com and hit the Music button on the left. Then hit My Music, again on the left. At the top right of the screen you’ll see a button that says Add Music, hit it and then just drag the files you want to add into the box (see above to find out where your iTunes tracks are stored on your computer). There is also an option to download an app for your computer that will automatically find all music files and add them to your library, which is easier than doing things manually.

In the interests of honesty we’re going to tell you that we have had problems loading multiple albums onto Google Play all at the same time. We’re not sure why this happens, but would recommend that you add say ten or so albums at a time rather than dumping your entire collection straight in. If an album or track does fail to load you’ll get an error message and can then try again. Once you’ve done this your music won’t actually be on your phone, it’ll be on the cloud and you’ll need to stream it through the Google Play Music app on your phone. If you don’t want to use your data allowance in this way then the Google Play Music app has an option to download albums and tracks onto your device.

Using AirDroid

Air Droid

Air Droid

If you don’t want to worry about plugging in and using wires then AirDroid might be the solution for you. This is an app that allows your phone and computer to talk to each other wirelessly, and can do multiple things including letting you move your music. You’ll need to get the app for your phone and your computer, then open it and select the files you want to upload. AirDroid is simple to use, but the free version does have an upload limit, so you might not be able to transfer all your files at the same time. You can just wait until your limit renews, or invest in the premium version of the app which has no transfer limits.

Using iSyncr

iSyncr

iSyncr

iSyncr is another easy way to transfer music files. Download the app on both your phone and computer and follow the instructions. It’s as simple as clicking boxes, and you can either transfer using a USB cable or wirelessly as long as your phone and computer are both on the same WiFi network. iSyncr isn’t our favourite choice simply because it’s much more basic than AirDroid, but if you only want to transfer music without any other bells and whistles, then iSyncr is a pretty simple option. There’s a free version, but if you’ve got more than one iTunes account then you’ll need the paid Pro version.

Just because iTunes is traditionally associated with iOS doesn’t mean that you can’t get your music on your Android phone. Using one of these easy ways you should be listening to your tracks in no time. If you’re an iTunes addict you’ll probably find that Google Play Music is your best option, since this operates in a similar way to iTunes and lets you buy new music that automatically uploads to your account, whilst with other options you’re going to need to manually upload new albums that you buy. But the choice is yours!