Can you share iTunes with Android?


iTunes and Android are two of the most popular software platforms for digital media consumption and management. iTunes, created by Apple, is the digital media player and library for iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Android is an open-source operating system developed by Google and primarily used on devices from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Motorola. While iTunes is exclusive to Apple devices, Android has much wider adoption across many brands and manufacturers. Both platforms integrate digital music, video, books, apps and allow users to access media content in a centralized application. However, Android and iOS users have historically been limited in their ability to share and transfer media between devices.

Sharing Options

One way to share iTunes content between an iPhone and Android device is through iTunes Match. iTunes Match is a paid service that lets you store your music library in the cloud, including songs imported from CDs or purchased outside the iTunes Store. This gives you access to your full music collection on all your devices, even Android (1).

Another sharing method is Home Sharing, which allows iOS devices on the same Wi-Fi network to stream audio, video, and media files from a shared iTunes library. However, Home Sharing does not work directly between iOS and Android devices. An intermediate Mac or PC running iTunes is required to host the library and enable streaming (2).

Using a Cloud Service

One way to share iTunes content with Android is by using a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. This allows you to upload your iTunes music, movies, and other media to the cloud and then access it from your Android device.

To do this with Google Drive, you can use the Backup and Sync app on your computer to upload your entire iTunes library to your Google Drive account. Then on your Android device, download the Google Drive app, sign in to your account, and you’ll have access to all of that content.

Dropbox offers similar capabilities. Install the Dropbox app on your computer, then sign in and choose which iTunes folders you want to sync. The content will upload to your Dropbox cloud storage. Then on your Android, install Dropbox and log in to access everything.

The benefit of using a cloud service is it provides seamless access to your iTunes media on all your devices. The downside is it requires uploading potentially large amounts of data which can take time. But for syncing iTunes with Android, cloud storage is a simple and effective option.


One way to share iTunes content from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device is by using AirPlay. AirPlay allows you to wirelessly stream audio, video, photos, and other media from iOS devices to compatible televisions, speakers, and receivers. While AirPlay is an Apple technology, there are ways to get it working with Android.

To enable AirPlay on Android, you’ll need to download and install a third-party AirPlay app such as AirMusic. These apps create an AirPlay server on your Android device so that iOS devices can discover and cast content to them. Once set up, you’ll be able to select your Android device as an AirPlay target from the iOS Control Center or audio/video apps. Anything playing on your iPhone or iPad can then be streamed over Wi-Fi onto your Android phone or tablet.

The major limitation is that most third-party AirPlay apps for Android only support audio streaming. However, there are a few like AirMusic that can mirror video as well. Performance and stability may vary across different Android devices. Overall, AirPlay can be a convenient way to wirelessly play iTunes music, podcasts, and other audio content on an Android phone or tablet.


Bluetooth can be used to wirelessly transfer files between devices, however there are some limitations when transferring files between an iPhone and Android device. By default, iOS does not allow file transfers via Bluetooth to non-Apple devices like Android phones and tablets [1]. This is due to iOS only supporting certain Bluetooth profiles related to audio, contacts, and phone calling rather than general file transfer profiles [2].

Android devices do support sending files via Bluetooth to other phones, computers, etc. However, iPhones cannot receive these file transfers from Android. There are no built-in options on iPhone to accept Bluetooth file transfers from non-Apple devices [3]. So using just Bluetooth, you cannot transfer files like music, photos, documents from an Android device to an iPhone.

Wi-Fi File Transfer

One convenient method for sharing files between Android and iOS is to use apps that transfer files over a Wi-Fi connection. This allows you to quickly send files like photos, videos, documents, and music from your Android device to an iPhone without needing cables or an internet connection. Apps like SHAREit enable Wi-Fi direct file transfer between devices.

Here’s how Wi-Fi file transfer apps work:

  • Download the file transfer app on both your Android and iOS devices.
  • Open the app on each device and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • On Android, browse and select the files you want to transfer.
  • On iOS, receive the incoming files.

This creates a direct peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between the devices to send files quickly without using mobile data. Wi-Fi file transfer apps like SHAREit are popular for sharing files locally between friends and family.

USB Cable

One way to transfer files between an iPhone and Android device is by using a USB cable to connect them directly. To do this, you will need a USB cable that has a Lightning connector on one end for the iPhone, and a USB-C or micro-USB connector on the other end for the Android device.

According to this guide, you first need to prepare both devices by unlocking them and enabling file transfer modes. On the iPhone, you may need to trust the connected computer in order to allow full access.

Once connected, the Android device should show up in the iPhone’s Files app, allowing you to browse folders and copy files between devices. You can transfer photos, videos, music, documents and other files. The transfer speed will depend on the cable type and devices used.

A direct USB connection provides a simple wired method to transfer files without needing wifi or internet access. However, the devices need to be physically connected during the entire transfer process.

Third-Party Apps

There are a few third-party apps that allow you to sync your iTunes library with an Android device. Two popular options are DoubleTwist and iSyncr:

DoubleTwist is an app available for both Android and iOS that provides wireless syncing between devices. You can sync your iTunes music, playlists, podcasts, videos, and photos to your Android phone over a Wi-Fi connection. DoubleTwist also includes AirPlay support to stream media to devices like Apple TV. The basic app is free, with a paid upgrade option for additional features. More details can be found on the DoubleTwist website (

iSyncr is an Android app specifically designed to sync iTunes playlists and music to your device. You can choose which playlists and songs to transfer from your computer, with the option to selectively sync playlists rather than your entire library. iSyncr costs $4.99 on Google Play but does not require any additional desktop software. See the iSyncr website ( for full details.

Both DoubleTwist and iSyncr provide useful options for accessing your iTunes media on an Android device. The best choice depends on your specific needs and how much iTunes integration you require on your Android phone.


There are some key limitations to be aware of when trying to share iTunes content with Android devices:

DRM Restrictions: Songs, movies, TV shows, books, and other media purchased from the iTunes Store are protected by Apple’s DRM (digital rights management). This encryption prevents the content from being played on non-Apple devices like Android phones and tablets. Trying to transfer iTunes DRM-protected files to an Android device will result in errors. According to Apple Discussions threads, there is no way around the DRM protection to play iTunes media on Android [1] [2].

Format Compatibility Issues: Even if you remove the DRM from iTunes files, there can still be compatibility problems playing them on Android. Formats like AAC or ALAC audio and H.264 video may not be natively supported. Conversion to more universal formats like MP3 and MP4 may be required before transferring to Android. But quality or metadata may be lost in conversion [3].


While iTunes is designed to work seamlessly with iOS devices, there are still several ways to share iTunes content with Android devices:

  • Using a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox to upload iTunes files and access them from an Android device
  • Streaming music, movies, TV shows etc. from iTunes on a Mac to Android via AirPlay
  • Transferring files wirelessly over Wi-Fi using apps like ShareIt or Xender
  • Connecting an Android device to a computer using a USB cable and manually transferring files
  • Downloading third-party apps like iSyncr or MediaMonkey to sync iTunes libraries with Android

The main limitations are that some transfer methods are slower or more cumbersome than native syncing between Android and iTunes. But overall there are good options available to share media purchases and downloads between the two ecosystems.

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