How to sync music from iTunes to Android

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Sync iTunes to an Android Device

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Introduction

If you have been using iTunes to manage your music collection over the years but have recently moved to using an Android device, this article will help move your iTunes music library to Android.

The application which can assist you with syncing iTunes to Android is Droid Transfer, which not only copies music from your iTunes to your Android phone, but also keeps the media on your Android Phone in sync with your iTunes library as you continue to add music to either iTunes or your Android device.

Summary

To sync music to and from your Android device, follow these steps...

  1. Download and install Droid Transfer (link below)
  2. Connect to your Android Device using the steps shown in our Start Guide.
  3. Click Music in the features listed in Droid Transfer.
  4. Click 'Sync with iTunes'
  5. Droid Transfer compares your iTunes music with that on your device. Select to copy from Android to iTunes or from iTunes to Android (or both!)

You can download the free demo of Droid below, allowing you to trial the software. The trial allows you to copy up to 50 items of music to your Android device.

Free Droid Transfer Download

Detailed Steps

Run Droid Transfer on your PC and connect to your Android Device running Transfer Companion as described in our Setup Guide.

In Droid Transfer Click the Music Icon - Droid Transfer lists the music currently on your Android Device.






Click the "Sync with iTunes" button on the control bar.


Droid Transfer will run iTunes and read your iTunes contents. Droid Transfer will compare the music on your Android device and compare it with your iTunes music library.

Sync Music from Android to iTunes

Droid Transfer will show how many tracks are on your Android device that are not in iTunes. Click "Copy tracks to iTunes".

Droid Transfer will begin to copy the missing iTunes tracks from your Android device.

Sync Music from iTunes to Android

Droid Transfer shows how many tracks are in iTunes that are not currently on your Android device. You will also see the total file size of those music files. If your Android device has enough free (internal) memory space to hold all of the music, click "Copy Tracks to Android" to copy all the tracks to your Android device.

If you do not have enough space on your Android device to hold all of your music in iTunes - Droid Transfer will tell you so. You have the option of selecting the music you wish to copy over from iTunes. See "Using Advanced iTunes Sync Mode"

See it in Action!


Keeping in Sync

Now that you have copied must to and from the Android device and iTunes - the music collection on your Android device and your iTunes library should be the same. If you add music to your iTunes library later on - run Droid Transfer again to copy that new music over to your Android device.

Using Advanced iTunes Sync Mode

Advanced Syncing allows you to see which tracks will be copied from and to iTunes before any syncing takes place. You can also select which tracks to copy to your Android device if you do not have enough space on your device to hold all of your iTunes music.

To start Advanced Mode - click the link "Click here to view and select which tracks to copy (Advanced Mode)". This will open the Advanced sync view.


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