Whether you like Apple’s products or not, there’s no arguing that iTunes revolutionized the way that we consume music. Perhaps that’s why so many people use it as their preferred method of listening to music from their desktop. A big selling point for Apple’s devices is their seamless syncing abilities with iTunes. But what if you have an Android device? Does that mean that you can’t sync your music from iTunes? Have no fear! There are a number of ways that you can sync your iTunes music with your Android devices! Here we will discuss two ways to sync your music from your iTunes library to your Android device. Hit the break to get started.
Method 1: Using Google Play Music
In the past year, Google has been focusing heavily on being able to sync with different systems, and have come out with a great method to be able to sync your music – Google Play Music. One great feature of Google Play Music is that it is all done wirelessly! Follow the steps below to use it.
Step 1. Download and install Google Play Music on your Android device, and the Google Play Music Manager on your Mac or PC. You can find the Android app below, and the desktop versions here .
Step 2. Sync your iTunes music to your Google Play Music account. To do this open the Music Manager on your desktop and select the “Upload” tab. You can then either sync your entire iTunes library, or select which playlists you want to sync. Google allows users to sync up to 20,000 songs to their Play Music library for free, and just because you sync music to your Play Music library does not mean that it will automatically download that music to your Android device, so there’s really no harm in syncing your entire library.
Step 3. Open the Google Play Music app on your device and select “All Music” from the drop down menu at the top, and “My Library” or “Playlists” (if you want to sync an entire playlist) from the side pane menu. This will display all the music currently uploaded to your Google Play Music library.
Step 4. If you are fine with streaming music from your online Play Music library then stop here. That’s fine for people who have unlimited data, or only expect to be listening to music when they’re around WiFi. If you want to sync music to your device for offline listening, however, then simply press on a song, album, or playlist and then press on the “Keep on Device” button.
Method 2: Using DoubleTwist
DoubleTwist is an application that exists in versions for Android, Mac and PC. To sync your iTunes library to your Android device, follow the steps below. The steps below use the free
version of DoubleTwist, but there is also a premium wireless version called “DoubleTwist AirSync” that costs $4.99, and essentially syncs over your WiFi network. This will eliminate the need for step 2, and the device will instead be connected with your desktop via Wi-Fi (assuming both your device and desktop are on the same network).
Step 1. Install DoubleTwist on your Android device and on your computer. You can find the Android app on the Play Store below, and the desktop versions here .
Step 2. Connect your Android device to your computer via USB storage, or as a Media Device. Once your device is plugged in, you can select how you want it connected by tapping on the little USB icon in the notifications menu.
Step 3. Open DoubleTwist on your computer and look for your device in the left hand pane.
Step 4. Drag and drop music from the “library” in the side pane, to your device. If you click on your device, you can toggle between automatically syncing or not.
And there you have it! Two ways to sync whatever songs you want from your iTunes library to your Android device. I personally find method 1 to be better for my needs. I have the Play Music Manager on my computer automatically sync any song in my iTunes library, so that when I buy a song from iTunes, it automatically syncs to my Play Music library as well. You can also set up the Play Music Manager app to download songs that you purchase from Google Play Music to your iTunes library, which is a nice touch.
While DoubleTwist does automatically sync music, you have to connect to your computer in the first place, and even if you use DoubleTwist AirSync you will still have to manage the desktop app itself. Play Music is all wireless and runs in the background. I can then choose which songs I want on my device straight from my device itself.
I also find that Play Music syncs things like album art and song metadata better, likely due to the fact that it cross-references your songs with the huge Play Music library that already exists. Finally, Play Music offers much of the same service as DoubleTwist AirSync, but is free, and makes use of the great Play Music Android app.
I hope this guide helped you enjoy your iTune music library on both your Android devices and your computer!
Christian was born and raised in Canberra, Australia, lived for 5 years in Paris, France, and is currently living in the USA. He spends much of his time playing with his Android devices and researching new and improved technology. When Christian isn't writing for TalkAndroid, he normally can be found in a music studio producing either his own music or someone else's.