How to get iTunes music on Samsung Android phone

Olga Weis

iTunes is a great program for storing and managing your music, and no wonder that most – if not all – Mac owners rely solely on it to organize and enjoy their music content. iTunes store offers millions of songs and automatic syncing – but only to Apple devices.

So things can get a bit tricky if you decide to leave Apple ecosystem and buy a device that run a different OS, say, a Samsung Android phone. If your new phone has a storage expansion slot, things seem to be OK - you can use mass storage mode to drag and drop audio files. But what if your device is not equipped with such a slot? Do not worry. With a wide range of Android devices available on the market, there are multiple ways to transfer music from iTunes to your Android device.

Contents


  1. Third party apps
  2. Manufacturer's software
  3. Manual transfer
  4. Comparison table
  5. Frequently asked questions

1. Try SyncMate to transfer music to Samsung with Android from Mac


SyncMate is choice # 1 for those who prefer all-in-one solutions. The app offers a range of options for managing your music collection. The best is that apart from enabling you to create new playlists right in the app’s window, it works wonderfully well with already existing playlists.

To start using SyncMate you need to set it up first, this will require following a few simple steps. Other sessions will only take a click.

Here is what you have to do:

Step 1. Download SyncMate and install it. Once you launch SyncMate, you need to tell the app how you would like your Mac and Android to connect – via USB, over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Then follow the instructions to establish the connection – the procedure is really simple.

Step 2. Choose what to sync. SyncMate, as its name suggests, enables you to synchronize different types of content between your Mac and Android device. Since our main concern here is music, select Music in the list displayed and we are good to go.

Transfer Music with SyncMate

Step 3. SyncMate transfers Music organized by playlists, albums, artists and genres with their metadata and album covers.

Step 4. Click ‘Sync Now’ button, a progress bar displayed will inform you when the transfer is complete. Now you can disconnect your phone and enjoy your favorite tunes!

2. Use Samsung Kies to Download Music from iTunes to your Android


Samsung Kies by Samsung is an app used to communicate between computers and devices that run different OS. It manages transferring music and other types of media from computer to Samsung Galaxy phones. All iTunes content and folders are synced to Samsung Kies, then you can transfer it to your phone. Below is a tutorial on how to do it, we’ll take a tutorial for Mac, but do note that the mechanism is pretty much the same for both Mac and Windows OS.

Step 1. Download Samsung Kies on Mac from Samsung official website, install and launch it.

Step 2. Connect your Samsung device to Mac using a USB cable. The system will detect it and display in the left sidebar of Kies window

Use Samsung Kies for Music Transfer

Step 3. In the menu on the top click File > Import iTunes playlists to Library. Once Library directory opens, click New Playlist, you’ll find all your iTunes content there.

Step 4. Choose the songs you’d like to have on your phone and click Transfer to Device.

3. Transfer your iTunes tracks to Android phone in a classy way


If you used Android devices before, you might have heard about Android File Transfer. This freeware is available for download from Android.com.

Download and install the app, then connect your Samsung phone to Mac with the help of USB cable. Android File Transfer will open automatically to display your phone’s file tree.

Drag your Music files manually

Now you need to find the iTunes folder on your Mac, it is usually stored in iTunes Media directory – all your music should be there.

Drag-and-drop the tracks you need into the music folder in Android File Transfer.

4. Comparison table


It’s up to you to decide what way to choose, but here is a little comparison table to make it easier:

Kies SyncMate AFT
Pros Free · Enables transferring and creating playlists
· Can communicate over wireless connection
· Free
· Plug and play
Cons · Does not transfer playlists
· Buggy
· Paid · Does not transfer playlists
· Unreliable connection

5. Frequently asked questions about Mac and Samsung Android synchronization:


Q: I have to access Android-specific folders on Mac OS X - Is this possible?


A: Of course, you can. SyncMate offers syncing data between macOS and Samsung Android while also giving you the opportunity to mount Android as a Mac disk through the Mount Disk Option. Using this function, all the folders and files of your Android device, both external and internal, will be available in Finder.

Q: Are all Android phone versions supported?


A: All Samsung Android devices, as well as other manufacturers, that run Android above 4.x will be compatible with SyncMate. Our software communicates with the Operating System rather than the phone model.

Q: Will SyncMate do the job of the Samsung Kies for Mac or Android File Transfer?


A: Indeed, SyncMate is an excellent alternative for Android File Transfer Mac, giving you even more functions to work with. You will be able to transfer data between macOS and Android through the Mount Disk option that shows all your folder in Finder. And even more than that, you are given the possibility to sync data between the apps in Samsung and macOS. Regarding Samsung Kies for Mac - not sure it supports the latest Android versions, so we can’t advice it as a reliable sync solution for Mac OS X and Samsung.

Q: Can I Sync multiple Android devices with SyncMate?


A: SyncMate allows you to connect and sync as many Android tablets or phones as you wish with a macOS computer.

Q: Why not simply use Google services?


A: Even though the functionality of SyncMate is similar with the one of what Google services offer, it’s the flexibility that sets them apart. With Google services you are forced to update the data across all the devices that are connected to the Google account while SyncMate gives you the option to choose the exact device or account that will be synced. Also, using SyncMate allows you to choose a specific group of contacts or a folder to transfer from Mac OS to Android. Another strong feature for the SyncMate is the fact that it allows you to select the direction of sync for each plugin - bi-directional, Android to Mac or Mac to Android - while Google services only offer bidirectional syncing.

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