Can you transfer iTunes purchases to Android?

With the popularity of Android devices, many users are switching from iPhone and wanting to transfer their purchased iTunes content. However, transferring items like music, movies, apps, and metadata from an iTunes library to an Android device is not straightforward. Apple’s iTunes uses proprietary formats and digital rights management (DRM) technologies to restrict usage and transfers. Meanwhile, Android uses open formats without DRM. This makes transferring iTunes purchases difficult and sometimes impossible without violating legal agreements.

This article will examine whether and how users can legally transfer their purchased iTunes content like music, movies, apps, playlists and metadata to Android devices. It will weigh the pros and cons, provide recommendations, and aim to help iTunes users understand their options when switching to Android.

Legality of Transferring iTunes Content

Transferring iTunes purchases to Android without authorization may violate Apple’s terms of service and copyright laws. According to discussions on the Apple Support Communities forum, iTunes music purchases are licensed to individual Apple IDs, so transferring them to another device or platform likely breaches the iTunes terms of service (source). Additionally, copying media like music and movies constitutes copyright infringement in many jurisdictions if done without permission from the rights holder (source).

However, some argue that making personal copies solely for private use may qualify as fair use. The legality depends on factors like the nature of the copyrighted work, how much is copied, and the commercial effect on the rights holder. Additionally, some countries have private copying exceptions, which permit limited copying for personal, non-commercial purposes.

In summary, transferring iTunes media to Android likely violates copyright law and the iTunes terms in most cases. Users should exercise caution and avoid mass transfers of iTunes content without clear authorization.

Transferring Music from iTunes to Android

Since music purchased on iTunes has DRM protection, you cannot simply copy the files over to an Android device. However, there are a few legitimate methods to transfer purchased and ripped music from iTunes to Android.

One method is to use a third party app like Droid Transfer, which can transfer both purchased and ripped iTunes music to Android. Droid Transfer installs a companion app on your Android device and allows wireless transfer of music.

You can also use Apple Music on your Android device to access your iTunes purchases. The Apple Music app lets you stream and download any music you’ve purchased on iTunes.

For DRM-free music files, you can simply locate the files on your computer and copy them over to your Android device via USB or cloud storage. This allows transfer of any iTunes ripped tracks.

Using these methods, you can transfer both purchased and locally ripped iTunes music to Android while abiding by DRM restrictions on purchased music.

Transferring Movies

One of the most common questions people have when switching from iPhone to Android is how to move purchased movies from iTunes to Android devices. Movies purchased through iTunes are protected by Apple’s DRM (digital rights management), so you can’t simply transfer the movie files directly. However, there are a few legal methods to get your iTunes movies onto Android.

The simplest option is to use the Movies Anywhere app and service. Movies Anywhere allows you to sync your purchased movies across multiple platforms like iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video, etc. To use it, you just need to sign up for a free Movies Anywhere account and connect your iTunes library. Any eligible movies will then become available to stream from the Movies Anywhere app on Android.

You can also download the movies for offline viewing using the Android app. A limitation is that not every movie studio participates in Movies Anywhere yet, so some iTunes purchases may not be eligible for transfer.

Another method is to use a third-party iTunes transfer tool like iMobie PhoneTransfer. This specialized software can convert iTunes DRM and allow you to save movies to the Android file system. From there, you can watch them using any video player app. The transfer process retains the original quality and metadata. Just be sure to only use legal tools that don’t circumvent DRM improperly.

You can also upload iTunes movies to cloud storage like Google Drive, then re-download them on your Android device. This takes more time and data, but conveniently keeps your movies in the cloud for access anywhere.

While transferring iTunes movies to Android takes some extra steps, there are reliable methods both using apps and software tools. With a little effort, you can securely transition your purchased movie library over to your new Android phone or tablet.

Transferring Apps

Moving paid iOS apps to Android can be tricky since you can’t simply sign in to the Google Play Store with your Apple ID and redownload them like you can when switching between iOS devices. Here are a few options for transferring paid apps from an iPhone to an Android device:

Use the official Google Switch to Android app to transfer free apps, contacts, messages, photos, videos, and other data directly from an iPhone to an Android device. However, paid iOS apps cannot be transferred this way.

According to discussions on the Apple support forums, you’ll need to repurchase any paid iOS apps in order to download them on your Android device. There is no way to transfer the license or purchase history directly.

Third party apps like Wondershare MobileTrans claim they can transfer both free and paid iOS apps to Android. However, the functionality is somewhat limited and may involve workarounds like re-downloading app installers.

In summary, while there is no direct way to transfer paid apps from iOS to Android, you have a few options like repurchasing apps or using third party software to make the transition easier.

Syncing Playlists and Metadata

Transferring your iTunes playlists and metadata to an Android device allows you to keep your curated music libraries and preferences intact when switching operating systems. There are several tools that can help sync this iTunes data to Android.

One popular option is iSyncr, which lets you sync iTunes playlists, artists, albums, genres, and podcasts to Android over a USB or WiFi connection. iSyncr syncs playlist names, playlist order, playlist content, play counts, ratings, last played dates, and more between iTunes and Android.

Another free tool is doubleTwist, which provides wired syncing of iTunes playlists to Android. You can drag and drop playlists to doubleTwist to sync them.

For wireless syncing, Cheetah Sync is an option. It lets you sync iTunes playlists to Android over WiFi without needing a USB connection.

Using tools like these, you can transfer your cherished iTunes playlists and metadata to Android to enjoy your curated music libraries across devices.

Alternatives to Transferring

While directly transferring iTunes purchases to Android can be difficult or impossible in some cases, there are alternatives that allow Android users to access much of their iTunes content.

One option is to use streaming services like Apple Music, which allows subscribers to stream over 90 million songs, many of which were likely purchased on iTunes. Apple Music is available on Android, so users can access their music library this way without needing to transfer files.

iTunes Match is another alternative, which lets users store their iTunes music library in the cloud. For a yearly fee, iTunes Match scans a user’s library and matches tracks to versions available on Apple’s servers that can be streamed. Any tracks it can’t match are uploaded so they’re still accessible. This library is then available to stream on Android devices using the Apple Music app.

While these streaming options don’t provide permanent local access on Android devices, they do allow users to listen to their purchased iTunes content without difficult or illegal transferring of files.

Pros and Cons of Transferring iTunes Library to Android

There are several advantages and disadvantages to consider when deciding whether to transfer your iTunes library to an Android device. The key pros include being able to access all your purchased music, movies, apps, and playlists on your new Android phone. This allows you to continue enjoying the media content you’ve accumulated over the years. It also avoids having to repurchase content you already own just to use it on a new platform. Transferring can be convenient, especially if you have an extensive iTunes collection you want quick access to on Android. Some key cons are that not all content types transfer seamlessly between platforms. Apps in particular may need to be redownloaded from the Play Store. The transfer process can also be time consuming for large libraries, and may not perfectly retain all metadata and playlists. Overall, transferring provides more seamless access to owned content while alternatives like streaming require an ongoing subscription. The choice depends on factors like library size, importance of retaining metadata, and willingness to redownload apps.


Moving your entire iTunes library to an Android device is a big undertaking. Here are some best practices to ensure a smooth transition:

Back up your iTunes library before transferring. This allows you to restore your library if anything goes wrong during the transfer process. Use iTunes’ built-in backup and restore features for this.

Be selective about what media you transfer. Focus on your most important music, movies, apps etc. Transferring your entire library, especially for apps, can be tedious.

Use a third party app like Droid Transfer to transfer music files. This simplifies the process compared to manual file transfers.

Re-download apps from Google Play rather than trying to transfer the app files themselves. This ensures you get the Android optimized version.

Manually transfer critical playlists and metadata like play counts, ratings etc. Android apps don’t always sync this data automatically.

Link your Google account to iTunes before transferring music purchased from iTunes to Android. This retains the ownership rights.

Be prepared to use multiple apps to transfer different types of media from iTunes. A single “one stop solution” rarely exists.

Allow plenty of time for transfers. Transferring large media libraries means files copying in the background for hours.


Summary of Key Points

Transferring iTunes purchases to Android devices is possible for most types of content like music, movies, books, and more. The process does require third-party software and won’t perfectly replicate the iTunes integration and ecosystem. Playlists and metadata may not fully sync over in some cases. Overall though, with the right tools and some effort, you can migrate and access your existing iTunes library on Android.

Final Recommendations

Use a dedicated transfer tool like iMazing rather than trying to manually transfer files via your computer. This will ensure metadata and playlists can be preserved where possible. Check that all your purchased and downloaded content gets transferred over fully before deleting it from iTunes. Lastly, accept that you may need to manually recreate some playlists, ratings, or other customizations on the Android side after transferring.

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