Can I move music from iTunes to Android phone?

iTunes is a media player application developed by Apple that is used by iPhone and Mac users to organize and sync music, videos and podcasts. Android is a popular mobile operating system developed by Google that powers many smartphones that compete with the iPhone. Both platforms have robust music and media ecosystems, so it’s common for users to want to transfer music libraries between the two.

With over 50 billion songs downloaded from iTunes since its launch in 2003, many users have spent years curating their iTunes music libraries. Similarly, streaming services like Spotify and Google Play Music allow Android users to build up substantial music collections. Being able to move playlists and purchased songs between iTunes and Android provides more freedom and flexibility for users who switch between iPhone and Android phones.

Why Transfer Music

Many people decide to switch from an iPhone to an Android device but don’t want to lose access to their existing music library. If you have purchased songs, albums, or other media in iTunes over the years, you will naturally want to transfer that content over to your new Android device so you can continue to enjoy it (Cellular News, 2024). However, moving purchased iTunes content to an Android device isn’t as simple as syncing to a new iPhone. This is because the iTunes store uses a proprietary file format called AAC that won’t play natively on Android.

Similarly, if you have invested time in curating playlists, buying music, and organizing your library in iTunes, you won’t want to lose all that work when changing platforms. Transferring your iTunes media to an Android device allows you to maintain your existing music collection and playlists you’ve built up over time (Fonetool, 2024). Rather than starting your music library from scratch, you can pick up right where you left off with your iTunes collection by properly transferring it over to your new device.

Transfer Options

There are several ways you can transfer music from iTunes to your Android device. Here are some of the most common options:

Using a Cable

One of the simplest ways is to use a USB cable to connect your Android device to your computer where you have iTunes installed. You can then manually drag and drop music files from your iTunes library over to your Android device which will show up as external storage.

This works for transferring both music you’ve purchased as well as your own music files. Just make sure your Android phone is set to MTP mode for file transfers. The advantage of using a cable is that it’s fast and free.[1]

Cloud Storage

You can also leverage cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive or Apple’s own iCloud service to transfer music between iTunes and Android. This involves uploading your iTunes music to the cloud service, and then accessing those files from your Android device and downloading them.

The benefit of using cloud storage is that you can access your music from anywhere. The downside is it can be slower than a direct transfer and uses your cloud storage bandwidth limits.[2]

Third Party Apps

There are many third party apps available that are designed specifically for transferring content between iTunes and Android. Apps like iSyncr and CopyTrans Manager can automate the transfer process and convert file formats if needed.

These apps provide an easy way to sync everything over including music, playlists, podcasts, etc. The downside is you need to pay for most of the advanced features.

Using a Cable

Transferring music from iTunes to an Android device using a cable is a straightforward process. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. First, connect your Android phone to your computer using a compatible USB cable. Make sure your phone is set to file transfer mode.

  2. Open iTunes on your computer and locate the music you want to transfer. You can drag and drop individual songs and albums or entire playlists.

  3. Locate your Android phone’s storage on your computer. This may appear as a removable drive or media device.

  4. Drag and drop the music files and playlists from iTunes into your Android phone’s storage folder.

  5. Safely eject your Android phone from the computer when the transfer is complete.

The key things to watch out for when transferring music via cable are:

  • Make sure you are using a compatible USB cable. An official phone manufacturer cable is best, or high-quality third party cables designed for data transfer.

  • Your computer may need proper drivers installed to interface with an Android device. Download the required USB drivers for your specific phone model if needed.

  • Some music files transferred from iTunes may have DRM restrictions and not play properly on Android. iTunes music purchases are most likely to have DRM.

Cloud Storage

One of the most popular ways to transfer music between devices is by using a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Here’s how it works:

First, upload the music files you want to transfer from your computer to a folder in your cloud storage account. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox have apps for Windows and Mac that will let you easily upload folders of music.

Once the files finish uploading, you can then access that same folder from your Android device by installing the Google Drive or Dropbox app. In the app, find the folder you uploaded your music to and select the option to download the files to your device’s local storage.

The advantage of using cloud storage is that it doesn’t require any cables to connect your devices. As long as both your computer and Android phone are connected to the internet, you can access your music seamlessly from the cloud.

Just note that transferring a lot of large music files via the cloud may take some time, depending on your internet connection speed. But for occasional transfers or small playlists, cloud storage is a convenient wireless option.

Third Party Apps

In addition to cables and cloud storage, there are third party apps that provide easy ways to transfer music from iTunes to Android. Some popular options include:

  • iSyncr – An app for Android that lets you sync iTunes playlists and music to your Android device.
    • Pros: Free version available, automatically syncs playlists, good for transferring a lot of music
    • Cons: Paid version is expensive, can be slow to transfer large libraries
  • Syncios – Available for both Windows and Mac, lets you view iTunes library contents and transfer music to Android.
    • Pros: Simple interface, preserves playlist structure, supports many other data types besides music
    • Cons: Transfers can be slow, doesn’t work well with very large libraries
  • CopyTrans Manager – Another cross-platform app that copies iTunes music, playlists, videos to Android.
    • Pros: Maintains original output quality, supports many formats, easy to use
    • Cons: Expensive for full version, limited trial version

The best third party app depends on your specific needs and how much music you want to transfer. Evaluate the pros and cons of each to decide which one fits your requirements and budget.

What About Playlists?

There are a few options for migrating iTunes playlists to Android:

  • You can use a USB cable between your Android device and computer running iTunes. Install a third party app on your Android like Ondesoft iTunes Converter to drag and drop playlists to your Android device’s music folder.
  • Store your iTunes music library and playlists in a cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive, and access the playlists from your Android device using the cloud platform’s app.
  • Use an app like iSkysoft iTransfer to directly transfer iTunes playlists and music files to your Android device.

However, there are some potential limitations when transferring playlists:

  • Purchased iTunes music will not transfer and play on Android due to DRM protections.
  • Smart playlists and advanced rules may not transfer correctly or work properly on Android.
  • Playlist transfer apps do not always accurately transfer every playlist and song.

So while it is possible to move iTunes playlists to Android, expect to do some manual clean up of playlists afterwards. And unfortunately purchased iTunes music will need to be re-purchased if you want to play it on an Android device.

What About Purchased Music?

There are some limitations when it comes to transferring purchased music from iTunes to Android. iTunes uses digital rights management (DRM) to protect purchased music from unauthorized playback or copying. DRM-protected music from iTunes can only be played on authorized Apple devices.

To transfer your purchased iTunes music to an Android device, you will need to remove the DRM from the music files first. Third party software solutions like TunesKit can unlock your purchased iTunes music so you can play it anywhere, including on your Android device.

Once unlocked, your purchased iTunes music will become standard MP3 files that you can freely transfer to your Android phone using any of the methods described earlier, such as connecting via cable or using cloud storage services. Just be aware that unlocking DRM is considered unauthorized, and you would be violating the terms and conditions associated with the purchased music from iTunes. The only truly legal method to play purchased iTunes music is via an Apple device.

In summary, while there are software solutions that can remove DRM from purchased iTunes music for transfer to Android, these violate the terms of use. The only authorized place to play purchased iTunes music that contains Apple’s DRM copy protection is on Apple hardware.


In summary, there are a few different options for transferring music from iTunes on an iPhone to an Android device:

1. Use a Cable

You can use a cable or adapter to directly connect your iPhone to your Android device and manually transfer select music files. This gives you control over exactly which songs get transferred.

2. Cloud Storage

Cloud services like Google Drive allow you to upload your iTunes music library and then download it to your Android device. This lets you transfer entire music libraries easily.

3. Third Party Apps

Apps like CopyTrans Manager can copy your iTunes playlists and songs automatically to your Android phone with very little effort, while preserving playlists and metadata.

The recommended method depends on your specific needs and how much music you want to transfer, but third party apps like CopyTrans Manager provide the simplest solution for most users to transfer playlists and music from an iPhone to Android.


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