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How to move music from iTunes to Android

Want to move your music from iTunes to an Android-powered smartphone? We're here to help! This easy guide will show you how to copy music files between iTunes for Mac or PC to a device running the Android operating system.

If you’ve ever owned an iPod or iPhone, there's a good chance that your entire music collection will be stored within iTunes. This is a great program for playing and organising your music – but it can make things complicated when it comes to moving that music on to your new Android smartphone.

Due to the huge range of Android handsets that are available, there are a healthy number of different ways to transfer music between your phone and iTunes. Several manufacturers offer bespoke software to help you manage your music on their devices – or you can use Android's 'mass storage mode' to drag and drop (or copy and paste) audio files from your computer to your Android device.

Preparation – Consolidate your music files

In order to copy your iTunes music collection onto your Android phone or tablet, the first thing to do is get all of your music files into one place: the 'iTunes Media' folder.

By having all of your media stored in one place on your computer, you'll be able to copy all of your files to your handset in one action, rather than having to complete each task several times.

Consolidating your media won't delete it from wherever it may currently be stored on your computer – but it will place a copy into the iTunes Media folder on your computer. Here's the process:

  1. On the iTunes menu bar, click File. (If you're using a Windows PC and the menu bar isn't visible, press the alt button on your keyboard.)
  2. In the File menu, move your mouse to Library, and on the sub-menu that opens click Organise Library.
  3. A pop-up window will appear. Click to place a tick in the Consolidate files check box, then click OK to start the process.

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Your music will now be copied into your iTunes Media folder, and you should see a message appear onscreen when this is complete.

Now that your music is all in one place, it's time to look at how to move it to your new Android phone!

How to copy music from iTunes to your Android phone or tablet

Now that your music is all in one place, it's time to look at how to get it from your computer to your mobile device.

First, we'll show you how to use the dedicated software from Samsung, HTC and Sony to sync your iTunes music collection onto their handsets – and we've also produced a guide to using mass storage mode to copy music onto any Android device. This will work great if you want to copy your iTunes music to your tablet as well as your phone!

copy music From iTunes to a Samsung phone using Kies

  1. Now it's time to open Kies, the dedicated computer software for your Samsung smartphone. If you don't already have it installed on your computer, download Kies. Your phone doesn't need to be connected at this stage, but there's no harm in plugging it in ready for later.
  2. Click on Music, found in the left-hand column under Library. This will display any music files that have already been discovered by Kies. We want to make sure all your music is in the Kies library, so click File from the menu bar and choose Add folder to Library.

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  1. You must now find your computer's 'Music' folder, which contains the 'iTunes Media' folder we placed your music into earlier. This is easily found from the left-hand column in the Explorer window, which should now be on screen. Check down the list under Libraries or Computer for a folder named Music. Mouse over it, or click it once to highlight it, then press the Select Folder button.
  2. After a short wait, your iTunes tracks will start to show up in the Kies library. Tick the boxes next to each track you'd like to have on your Samsung phone – or if you'd like to transfer all of your music, simply tick the top box to highlight all the tracks in the library.
  3. There are three buttons at the top of the library, just below the menu bar: A plus sign, a dustbin and a phone. Click on the picture of the phone to send your selected songs to your Samsung smartphone!

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copy music from Itunes to a HTC phone using Sync Manager

  1. Now that your music is all stored in the same place (the 'iTunes Media' folder within your computer's Music folder), we can open HTC Sync and connect your HTC smartphone. If you haven't already installed the PC software, you can download HTC Sync here.
  2. Once opened for the first time, HTC Sync should automatically start adding your music to its own library. To be extra sure that it's found all your songs, click on the Music tab at the top of the program and press Music Settings from the left-hand column.

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  1. The Music Settings screen shows you the locations that the program is looking in for your music. Automatically import from iTunes to HTC Sync Manager should be ticked by default, as this is the preset location the software will check. You may also click the add button to manually add music that may not be in your iTunes library. If you're pressing add, you must find the folder your music is stored in – usually this is stored under Computer in a folder called Music.
  2. Click on This Computer to view the songs you've just added from your iTunes collection. Right-click on any artist, album or track and choose Copy to phone. After a few seconds, your selection will be added to your phone's memory and you can start listening to it!

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  1. An alternative way of sending the music to your handset is to click the small phone icon underneath the cover art. When the phone is blue, you've sent it to your phone – and you'll see a progress bar moving in the bottom left-hand corner as the media is being copied across.
  2. If you want to send some, rather than all, of any given artist's media to your HTC, then double-click on the artist to see all of the tracks by them. Click the phone icon next to each track you'd like to transfer.

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From itunes to a Sony phone using Xperia Companion

  1. At this stage, your music should be nicely grouped inside your computer's 'Music' folder, ready for the next step. It's now time to connect your Sony smartphone and open the Xperia Companion software! If you haven't already installed the software, download and install Xperia Companion.
  2. After opening the software and connecting your phone, the software's home page will show your device, and icons beneath to 'Manage your Xperia' and 'Manage your media'. In the Media section, click Music to Xperia.
  3. You will be offered a variety of sources from which to transfer music to your Sony Xperia. The most obvious one is iTunes, but this relies on your music being set up into playlists within iTunes. Not everyone does this (including me!), but if you do have playlists set up, they should be shown here. Simply tick them to select them, then click the Transfer button in the bottom-right corner of the window to move them to your phone.

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  1. Clicking the My folders tab will allow you much finer control over choosing music to transfer to your handset. If you've already consolidated your music as described in the first section of this article, you will see a 'Music' folder listed, which should contain the 'iTunes Media' folder with all of your music. To select the entire folder, click the box to the left to select it. If you want to choose individual folders, or have music stored in a variety of locations that you'll need to find manually, click the Add folder link.
  2. When the window opens, navigate through your computer to locate the folders you wish to add. Highlight them, then click Select Folder to include them in the sources list.

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  1. You will see the folders you've chosen appear in the list beneath the 'Music' folder that was there previously. Add as many folders as you wish in this manner – and when you're ready, click into each folder's checkbox to select it. When you're happy with your choices, click the Transfer button in the bottom-right corner.
  2. You'll see a progress bar as your music transfers. Try not to disconnect the phone during this phase, and when it's complete, click Done. You can then transfer more music in the same way, or disconnect your phone and start listening to your music while you're on the move!

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From itunes to any Android phone using mass storage mode

  1. Now that we've moved your music in to one handy folder, it's time to find it! Click on the Start menu and select Computer to open an Explorer window. Find your Music folder in the left-hand column, then go to Music > iTunes > iTunes Media and right-click on the Music folder. Left-click on Copy to add the Music folder to your clipboard.
  2. Connect your Android smartphone to your computer using the USB cable. If an autorun box appears, choose open folder to view files. Otherwise, click on the Start menu again and choose Computer. Your phone should show up in the main window under 'Devices', or on the left-hand side under 'Computer' (the example shows our Xperia Z3+).
  3. Double-click on the name of your phone, then right-click on the Music folder. Choose Paste from the context menu to move your music across to your handset!

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If all has gone well, you should now have your music on your Android phone or tablet! If you need any further help, Geek Squad Agents are standing by, 24/7. We can show you how to transfer your music, and even transfer your photos and contacts for you in just a few minutes. For help, call us or visit us in selected Carphone Warehouse stores.

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