Before smartphones were as capable as they are today, many of us listened to music on iPods and built up sizable music collections in the process. We have outlined the best methods for switching to Android.
1. Transfer iTunes to Android using Google Play Music:
Google Play Music provides cloud storage for up to songs, accessible from both your desktop and your phone. Best of all - it's compatible with iTunes. To sync the two systems, you'll need to download Google Music Manager onto your computer and the Google Play Music app to your phone. Open the program, and log in with your Google account. Select the location of the music you want to upload and Google Music Manager will start to upload the music files contained within.
2. iTunes and Android: Synchronize with double Twist:
With the free Windows program and the Android app double Twist, you can easily synchronize your iTunes library with Android. First, download the program for your PC from the double Twist homepage and install it. Then grab your Android smartphone and download the double Twist app from the Google Play Store. Now launch double Twist on your computer. You have a choice on whether you want your Android smartphone to sync with iTunes via USB or Air Sync. I recommend the USB method. This is not only included in the free version of double Twist, but it is also much faster than Wi-Fi.
But before you can click on the big Sync Now button, you should first right-click on the double Twist icon in the Windows system tray and select Preferences -> Use iTunes library to let double Twist access your iTunes library. If you also have a device with a micro SD slot, you should select the external memory card as the storage location in the settings. Depending on the card, you can get the entire music collection on your phone.
3. Transfer iTunes to Android with iSyncr:
There are various dedicated apps for transferring your iTunes music to your Android phone in the Play Store. We tested several and found that iSyncr was the simplest and most efficient. To start, download the iSyncr app from the Play Store to your phone (check below for the link), and the desktop app to your PC. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable, then open the iSyncr desktop app. It should automatically open a window asking which files you want to sync with your device. Tick the box next to iTunes and then click Synchronize. iSyncr will then transfer your iTunes files to your phone.
When the process is finished, click End. You'll then be able to play the files using your chosen music player, although the makers of iSyncr recommend their own Rocket Player app. It's also possible to transfer iTunes files over Wi-Fi with iSyncr, as long as your phone and computer are connected to the internet via the same network.
4. Transfer iTunes to Android via USB:
If you don't want to rely on a third-party app to use iTunes with your Android phone, then you can manually transfer the files to your device. This method is simple and efficient, but, as above, is limited by the available storage on your device or its micro SD card. Connect your phone to your PC with a USB cable. Open Windows Explorer, and locate the iTunes folder on your computer. Drag and drop it into your device's music folder to copy the files onto your phone. The music will be visible in your chosen music player app once the transfer is complete.