Is there an app to sync iTunes with Android?

iTunes is Apple’s media player, media library, and mobile device management application that was first released in 2001 for Mac computers. As described on Wikipedia, iTunes started as a simple music player but evolved over time into a sophisticated platform for managing multimedia content across Apple devices.

In contrast, Android is Google’s mobile operating system that was first released in 2008. Android has become the most widely used OS globally, powering smartphones from many different manufacturers. While iTunes serves iOS devices like the iPhone, Android users have access to a variety of media apps like Google Play Music.

Given the ubiquity of both iTunes and Android devices, many users want to find ways to get their iTunes libraries to sync across to Android. However, cross-platform syncing comes with challenges due to differences between Apple and Google ecosystems.

Challenges of Syncing iTunes with Android

iTunes was designed by Apple specifically for syncing content between iOS devices like iPhones and iPads, Mac computers, and their tvOS and watchOS platforms. As part of Apple’s tightly controlled ecosystem, iTunes leverages proprietary protocols and digital rights management (DRM) technologies to sync music, videos, apps, and more between Apple devices.

In contrast, Android uses an open ecosystem without the same proprietary restrictions. With its different architecture and lack of native iTunes integration, syncing content from iTunes to Android devices can be challenging.

According to an Apple Support thread, iTunes is currently only designed to sync with iOS and iPadOS devices. The different technical frameworks make direct iTunes syncing difficult or impossible depending on the Android device.

Direct Sync Options

There are a few apps that allow you to directly sync iTunes with your Android device without needing a computer as an intermediary. Two popular options are:

iSyncr (iSyncr – iTunes to Android) – iSyncr is a highly rated Android app that provides wireless syncing between iTunes on your computer and your Android device. You install iSyncr on your Android phone/tablet and the companion iSyncr desktop app on your computer. iSyncr syncs music, playlists, podcasts, videos, and more between the devices over your WiFi network.

Syncios – Syncios is a cross-platform management tool that allows you to sync iTunes media and data to Android devices. Like iSyncr, Syncios requires you to install both the mobile app on your Android device and the desktop app on your computer. Once connected on the same WiFi, Syncios can transfer your iTunes music, playlists, videos, photos, contacts, messages and more to your Android device.

The key benefit of tools like iSyncr and Syncios is that they provide a simple wireless syncing solution between iTunes and Android without needing a USB cable or internet storage. You get a direct phone-to-computer sync fueled by your home WiFi connection.

Cloud Sync Options

One way to sync your iTunes library from a PC or Mac to your Android device is by using a cloud storage service like Google Drive. You can upload your iTunes music files and playlists to Google Drive or another cloud service, and then access them from your Android device by installing the corresponding app, like the Google Drive app.

For example, you can go to your iTunes folder on your computer, select the files and playlists you want to sync, right click and select “Add to Drive” to upload them to Google Drive. Then on your Android device, open the Google Drive app, navigate to the music files, and you can stream or download them directly.

This allows you to access your iTunes music through the cloud on any device. The Google Drive app even includes a built-in music player. Other cloud services like Dropbox or OneDrive work similarly if you prefer using them over Google Drive.

The downside is you have to manually upload your iTunes music to the cloud service, which can take time if you have a large library. But once it’s uploaded, the syncing is seamless and you can listen to your iTunes music on any Android or iOS device with the cloud service’s app installed.

Sync via Computer

One way to sync iTunes with Android is by using a desktop sync program on your computer. Some popular options include:

  • Droid Transfer – This Windows software can transfer music, playlists, videos, podcasts and more between iTunes and Android. According to Wide Angle Software, Droid Transfer provides a simple interface to sync iTunes content to Android devices.

  • iSyncr – This app syncs iTunes song information and transfers music to Android devices for free, as described on the Google Play listing. iSyncr works by syncing an iTunes library from a PC or Mac.

These desktop programs allow synchronizing iTunes music, playlists and other content to Android devices connected to the computer. They provide an alternative to cloud syncing options.


There are a few key limitations when trying to sync iTunes with Android devices. The most significant is incompatible audio formats. iTunes uses AAC format by default while Android uses MP3. This means any AAC files purchased from the iTunes store will not sync properly to an Android device without being converted first. There can also be issues with playlists and metadata not transferring correctly between ecosystems.

DRM (digital rights management) restrictions can also cause syncing problems. Music purchased from the iTunes store contains Apple’s FairPlay DRM which restricts playback to Apple devices only. This prevents syncing to Android. To get around this, you’d have to strip the DRM by burning to a CD and re-ripping, or by using a program to remove DRM protection. However, removing DRM is controversial legally.

Overall, seamless iTunes syncing to Android is limited due to format incompatibilities and DRM restrictions. While there are some workarounds, true direct syncing between the ecosystems is not officially supported.


Since iTunes does not directly sync with Android, users have come up with some workarounds to transfer music between iTunes and Android devices. One option is to convert the files to a more universal format like MP3 that both platforms can read. Services like TuneFab Audio Converter can batch convert protected iTunes music to MP3 while removing DRM. The unprotected MP3 files can then be transferred to an Android device.

Another workaround is to upload your iTunes music library to a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. You can then access the files from your Android device and download them locally. This avoids having to convert files but relies on having enough cloud storage space for your library.

While none of these are as seamless as direct syncing, they do provide alternative methods to get your iTunes music collection onto an Android device. Users report removing DRM and utilizing cloud storage as the most effective workarounds.

Best Practices

Here are some best practices for syncing your iTunes library to Android devices for a smooth experience:

Use the official Apple Music app if possible. This allows you to easily access your entire iTunes library on an Android device as long as you have an active Apple Music subscription (Source). The app handles syncing your library seamlessly.

Sync over WiFi whenever possible for faster transfers. Syncing large libraries over cellular data can be slow and use up a lot of data.

Sync playlists individually. Choosing specific playlists to transfer gives you more control over what gets synced.

Check sync settings and storage availability on your Android device. You may need to adjust sync settings, clear space, or use an SD card to fit everything.

Manually transfer music using a USB cable if you run into issues with wireless syncing apps and services. This can be a slower but more reliable approach (Source).

Update iTunes and your Android OS/software to latest versions if facing syncing problems. New updates often fix bugs and improve compatibility.

Contact app customer support if troubleshooting tips don’t work. They may be able to provide customized support.


To recap, there are a few options for syncing iTunes content with Android devices, but none provide a direct sync connection. Using a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox can work to transfer files, playlists, and other content between iTunes and Android. This requires manual uploads and downloads, however. Another option is to use a desktop app like SharePod to transfer iTunes content to an Android device when connected to the same computer.

The main limitations are that there is no simple, automated sync option between iTunes and Android. Manual effort is required for each transfer. Playlists and playback information will not carry over seamlessly. DRM-protected content may also cause issues. Overall, while sync is possible through workarounds, it lacks the deep integration and convenience of Apple’s own iOS ecosystem.

The recommendation is to use cloud storage for one-way file transfers. Accept that perfect syncing between disparate ecosystems may not be achievable, and manually manage content you wish to access across devices. Consider transitioning fully to a cross-platform music service if you need seamless syncing and access.


In summary, while there is no direct way to sync iTunes with Android, there are some good workarounds available using cloud services or syncing through a computer. The easiest options are probably using a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox to keep your music library synced between devices. You can also use desktop sync programs like doubleTwist to handle transferring music back and forth between iTunes and Android when connected to a computer.

The limitations come from the fact that iTunes and Android don’t natively speak the same language when it comes to managing music libraries. But with the right tools and methods, you can keep your iTunes and Android libraries in sync reasonably well. It just takes some extra steps compared to keeping music synced between iOS devices. As long as you don’t mind putting in a small amount of ongoing effort, there are good solutions available.

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