Want to learn how to transfer an iTunes playlist to an Android device? You’re not the only one! If you are one of the many that switched over from Apple to Android, then you’re probably lamenting over the music library that you had built up on iTunes. Don’t worry though, there are many methods of putting iTunes playlists on Android available. We’re going to introduce you to 4 of those methods today. Including the traditional manual method and a couple of non-traditional methods that you might want to try just for the convenience that they offer.
We’re going to start transferring an iTunes playlist to Android with the manual method first. For this, you will need your device, a USB cable, iTunes, and a Windows PC (this cannot be done on a Mac.) It’s a bit of a painstaking process — we’re going to have to extract the contents of the playlist from iTunes, transfer it onto a folder, and then transfer the contents of that folder onto our device! However, it is an available option that you can use in a pinch if needed.
First, you’re going to need to create a folder in order to store the iTunes music that we’re going to extract on the next step.
Create a new folder by right-clicking on the desktop screen and selecting New > Folder.
After launching iTunes, we’re going to be using the drag and drop method in order to extract the music from our playlist. This step is fairly straightforward…
Simply select the items that you want to transfer, and then drag and drop the items on the “iTunes Music” folder — or whatever you named the folder that you created on Step #1.
Next, open up Windows Explorer and go to the This PC tab. There, you’ll be able to locate and select your Android device from a list of other drivers connected to your PC. Do so and proceed to the next step.
Next, and this is very important, you’ll need to allow your PC to access your device. Which you can do by clicking the Allow option when this message (refer to the image below) appears on your screen.
After allowing your PC to access your device, this Phone option should now appear in your device’s main folder. Select it .
Once you are in the “Phone” folder, you will need to locate and select the Music folder. Which, as you probably would have guessed by now. Is where the music on your device is stored — and where we’re going to import the extracted iTunes music onto.
Again, we’re going to be using the simple drag and drop method once more in order to manually transfer (this time to import rather than extract) music onto our device.
Do this by selecting the items on the “iTunes Music” folder and dropping it onto the “Music” folder of your Samsung device. After this, the contents of your iTunes playlist should now be on your Android’s music library!
For our second demonstration, we’re going to be introducing you to one of the more ‘non-traditional’ methods of getting your iTunes Playlist to your Android device. For this, we’re going to be using a third-party program called iMusic. With which, unlike the manual USB transfer we just finished demonstrating, you can automatically transfer iTunes Playlist to Android without any problem whatsoever! We’ll show you just how you can do that in the tutorial down below, but first, let’s talk about some of this program’s main features:
Now that you’ve finished the set-up, you can finally launch the iMusic software (you can download both the Windows and Mac version on their official website.)
If the set-up is done properly, the DEVICE page of iMusic should look like this (refer to the image below.) If that is not the case, then that means that you have made a mistake setting up your device. Don’t worry though, extra instructions will be provided for you on-screen.
Now, in order to do what we set out to do — transfer iTunes playlist to Android, we’re going to have to select the second option available on the DEVICE page.That is the Transfer Music from iTunes to Device option!
If you want to transfer all the playlists on your iTunes library, then select “Entire Library.” If not, then you can choose the “Selected Playlist” option and pick the playlists that you want to transfer. Either way, finished things up by pressing the white Transfer button on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen!
For our third software, we’re going to be using Samsung Data Transfer, also called Android Data Transfer or iTransfer. This product, just like the one that proceeds it, is very similar to iMusic. You get the same data transfer interface, and practically the same options (with just a few minor differences in between.) It is important to note, however, that unlike iMusic, iTransfer is subscription-based only. So, you’ll have to pay a specific fee per year in order to be able to use its premium features.
Important Note: You will have to set-up your device the same way that we demonstrated for iMusic before you are able to use this program. So, if you want to see how that is like, just scroll up to go-over the iMusic set-up breakdown once more.
Once you are done with setting up, move to the “Home” tab and select the Transfer iTunes Media to Device option!
If you want to transfer all the playlists on your device then select the “Entire Library” option (this will automatically select all the available media on your iTunes library.) However, you do also have the option to selectively choose specific playlists.
When you’re done selecting which playlists you want to transfer to your Android, click Transfer in order to initiate the automatic sync between your iTunes playlist and your mobile device!
For our last demonstration, we’re going to be showing off iMusic’s premium toolkit. Which gives you a ton of different options for transferring media, cleaning up your storage, restoring libraries, etc. The feature we’ll be pointing out today, however, is the Remove DRM option. This will allow you to convert restricted iTunes MP4 files into MP3 files that you can sync to your Samsung mobile device without any worry!
To access these extra premium features, you will need to move to the TOOLBOX tab. Which you can access by selecting its respective icon on the top menu bar.
If you look under “iTunes Toolkit” you’ll find the Remove DRM option. All you have to do is click this and all of the DRM music on your iTunes library will be automatically converted to MP3 formats that your Android device will be able to read.
Note: Now, if you want to be able to transfer those files specifically, then repeat the playlist sync process that we demonstrated on the 2nd part of this article!
Conclusion: That wraps up our “Transfer iTunes Playlist to Android” tutorial. With 4 great solutions that you can try out whenever you want (each program has a FREE version — although most are trial-based.) Of course, if you want our recommendation, the program that we’d most recommend that you try out is the iMusic software. It was created specifically for these types of transfers. Which not only makes the process simpler but also undoubtedly makes it the most convenient option available!