How to Get iTunes for Android Device

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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 runs 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.

Transferring iTunes music to Samsung at a glance

  1. Simplifying Android to Mac File Transfer
  2. Try SyncMate to transfer music to Samsung from Mac
  3. Use Samsung Smart Switch to download music from iTunes
  4. Transfer your iTunes tracks with Android File Transfer
  5. Use an app called Syncios to transfer music to Android
  6. Try TunesGo to transfer iTunes to Android
  7. Use doubleTwistsync to sync iTunes with Android
  8. Transfer iTunes to Samsung via USB
  9. Download music on Samsung via Google Play Music
  10. Use Apple Music for transfer iTunes to Samsung
  11. Comparison table of file transfer apps
  12. FAQ about Mac and Samsung Android synchronization

1. Simplifying Android to Mac File Transfer

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MacDroid is our first choice for Android file transfer between your Samsung Android device and your Mac. This app makes transferring your iTunes music from your Mac computer to your Android device simple and efficient. In addition, MacDroid can also transfer photos, videos, and various files between these two devices. The interface is simple and intuitive.


How to get started:

  1. Install MacDroid. Connect your Android device to your Mac via a USB cable. Open up MacDroid on your Mac computer and go to “Devices” in the main menu.
  2. Give your Mac access to your Android device. You can choose between two types of connection modes: ADB (which we recommend) or MTP — this will allow your Mac computer to access your Android’s files.
  3. That’s it! Once your Android device is connected, you can open up Finder on your Mac and transfer data between your devices.

2. Try SyncMate to transfer music to Samsung 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.

Transfer Music with SyncMate

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.

So, how to get iTunes music on Android with SyncMate?

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

3. Use Samsung Smart Switch to download music from iTunes

Smart Switch by Samsung is an app used to communicate between computers and devices that run a 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 Smart Switch, 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.

Smart Switch by Samsung

  1. Download Smart Switch on Mac from Samsung's official website, install and launch it.
  2. Connect your Samsung device to Mac using a USB cable. The system will detect it and display in the left sidebar of Smart Switch window.
  3. In the menu on the top click File -> Import iTunes playlists to the Library. Once the Library directory opens, click New Playlist, you’ll find all your iTunes content there.
  4. Choose the songs you’d like to have on your phone and click Transfer to Device.

4. Transfer your iTunes tracks with Android File Transfer

If you own an Android device, you’re probably familiar with the program called Android File Transfer.This freeware is available for download from and it allows you to transfer files from your Android device to your Mac computer.

Drag your Music files manually

  1. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Android File Transfer app, connect your Samsung phone to your Mac computer via USB cable. The Android File Transfer software should open automatically and display the files you have on your device.
  2. Next, you need to find the iTunes folder on your Mac computer. Open Finder on your Mac and click on the “Music” option in the left-hand menu. This will open up a few folders, but the one you’re looking for is iTunes — click on that. You’ll then see a bunch of folders: click on the “iTunes Media” folder, then the “Music” folder.
  3. The last step is to drag-and-drop the tracks you’d like to transfer into the “Music” folder in the Android File Transfer program.

5. Use an app called Syncios to transfer music to Android

Syncios is known as a general file synchronization software, but it also has the capability to transfer your iTunes music to your Samsung device. It’s free to download, but if you’d like to access its most useful features, you’ll have to pay a fee. Here’s how to use this handy app to sync iTunes to Android:

Syncios Mobile Manager

  1. Download the Syncios application onto your Mac or PC.
  2. Launch Syncios and click on the “Transfer” tab at the top-left corner of the application.
  3. Next, click the “Restore” button. Syncios will then load your iTunes music into the transfer window on the application. Remember, your Samsung device must be designated as the “target” phone.
  4. There will be a menu on the left — choose iTunes Music and Playlists from the drop-down list. To transfer the music, click the “Music” option in the middle panel. Then, hit the “next” button — a dialog should pop up showing the files’ names along with a progress bar.
  5. Do not disconnect your iPhone or Samsung phone during the transfer process or you will risk losing your data.

Syncios is a handy app to have, but it might be a bit of an overkill if you’re just looking for a program to transfer iTunes music to your Android or Samsung device, as its capabilities go far beyond this type of synchronization.

6. Try TunesGo to transfer iTunes to Android

TunesGo is another application that allows you to sync iTunes to your Android device, as well as backup your music from pretty much any mobile device. You can download it onto your Mac or Windows computer for free, but you will have to pay a fee to keep using it.

TunesGo Phone Manager

This software prides itself on being extremely easy to use. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download the software for your Mac or PC.
  2. Connect your mobile device to your computer via a USB cord and open up TunesGo.
  3. In the top left-hand corner of the app, you should see that your mobile device is connected. Click on the “Home” option on the menu and you’ll see four different options.
  4. The options you want are the first on the list: “Rebuild iTunes Library”. Click on that.
  5. Once you click the button, a menu will pop up asking you to confirm the transfer. Click “Start” to begin.
  6. Depending on how much data you’re transferring, the process will take some time, but once it’s done, a page will pop up, saying “Copy Complete!”.

TunesGo prides itself on being a “one-click” solution for iTunes to Android, etc transfer. While it’s not quite “one-click”, it is a very easy program to use to sync iTunes to Android.

7. Use doubleTwistsync to sync iTunes with Android

DoubleTwistSync differs from the software we’ve listed above in that it’s only available on Windows and not Mac. This app bridges the gap between Android and iTunes and lets you sync your music between your Android device and your iTunes collection. It also offers automatic sync.

DoubleTwist Sync Software

  1. First, you’ll need to download the DoubleTwist software.
  2. Connect your Android device via USB or use the Air Sync app.
  3. Once your device is connected, the software will display the space available on your device. Click the “Music” tab on the top menu.
  4. If you’d like to sync files from iTunes to Android, click the “sync music” checkbox. You can also click checkboxes for options such as “albums” and “artists”, etc.
  5. If you want to sync files from your Android device back to iTunes on your PC, click the “Import New Music and Playlists” checkbox.
  6. When you’re ready to start syncing, click the “sync now” button and you’re off to the races.
  7. Once the syncing process is complete, you can start playing your iTunes music on both your PC and your Android device via most music playback apps.

DoubleTwist is a lightweight, simple to use app that gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Its only downside is that it’s not available to use on Mac computers.

8. Transfer iTunes to Samsung via USB

Manually transferring music from iTunes to your Android device can be a bit tedious, especially if you have a large library of music. Also, in doing so, you risk losing album art and track metadata, depending on which Android music player you utilize. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Create a new folder on your Mac desktop.
  2. Copy all of the music files you’d like to transfer to your Android and put them in this new folder.
  3. Connect your Android device to your computer via a USB cable. (Your phone might prompt you to adjust your settings to allow for file transfer). Click “allow”.
  4. Your Android device should now appear on your Mac’s desktop as a disk.
  5. Find the initial folder you created that contains the music you’d like to transfer and drag that folder over to the Android disk icon on your desktop.

This method should work if you’re looking for an easy and free way to transfer files between these two devices, but be advised that it can be a bit messy and unorganized.

9. Download music on Samsung via Google Play Music

There’s no doubt that the cloud has changed the way people store and interact with their data on their computers. Google Play Music is a cloud application especially designed to allow you to sync a large number of files from iTunes to Android so that you can listen to your music wherever you are.

There are some important things to note about this service, though. First of all, you’re going to need an internet connection to set this up, obviously. Google Play is essentially a streaming service/cloud storage site, so it will use up a ton of your phone’s data if you’re not careful.

Here’s how to transfer your iTunes music to Google Play:

  1. First, you’ll need to locate your iTunes music folder on your Mac. It can be found by going to Finder->Your User Folder->Your User Name->Music folder->iTunes.
  2. Now you’ll need to go to the Google Play Music website on your Chrome internet browser. Login to your Google account and go to the “menu” button, which looks like three horizontal lines at the top-left of your screen.
  3. Scroll down the menu and choose the “upload music” option.
  4. Now you can add iTunes music from your computer via browsing in Finder or just dragging and dropping.
  5. Depending on how many music files you’re attempting to upload, it can take several hours for the process to complete.

All done! Now you can listen to your iTunes on your Android device.

10. Use Apple Music for transfer iTunes to Samsung

Apple is constantly evolving to meet the demands of consumers and stay relevant in the tech industry, so it’s no surprise that Apple reconfigured and renamed its iTunes app to Music. This new app comes standard on most Apple computers manufactured after 2019 and is available as a free upgrade on older Macs.

However, because Apple Music is still an Apple service, you’ll need an Apple ID to use it. If you already use iTunes, you already have an Apple ID. If it’s been a while since you’ve used it, you’ll need to contact Apple Support to access it again.

Here’s how to use Apple Music on your Android device:

  1. First, open iTunes on your PC and click on the “Preferences” menu option.
  2. Also, in the “General” menu option, make sure to turn on the iCloud Music Library.
  3. Now you’ll need to download the Apple Music Android App onto your mobile device. Once that’s done, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID and choose a plan that fits your needs.
  4. You’ll be prompted to enter all of your personal information and set up a payment method.
  5. After that’s done, you’re all set to stream iTunes on your Samsung device!

11. Comparison table of file transfer apps

Software Pros Cons
SyncMate · Enables transferring and creating playlists
· Can communicate over wireless connection
· Paid
Smart Switch · Free · Does not transfer playlists
· Buggy
Syncios · Easy-to-use interface; clean and simple
· Can back up an address book, notes, text messages, voicemails, ringtones, etc.
· Can only sync five files before you have to buy the Pro version for $40
AFT · Free
· Plug and play
· Does not transfer playlists
· Unreliable connection
TunesGo · Allows you to transfer, backup, and restore iPhone and/or Android files
· Includes a ringtone maker
· Expensive to buy — the full version costs $50
· Doesn’t support wireless downloading
DoubleTwistSync · Supports a wide range of mobile devices
· Very smooth user interface
· Includes a media player
· Limited configuration options
· Some users complain of frequent bugs

12. FAQ about Mac and Samsung Android synchronization

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 (Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, etc.), both external and internal, will be available in Finder.
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.
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 advise it as a reliable sync solution for Mac OS X and Samsung.
SyncMate allows you to connect and sync as many Android tablets or phones as you wish with a macOS computer.
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.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with some worthwhile info on the different methods of syncing your iTunes music files between your Mac and Samsung Android. We’ve offered you a few free options and a few paid options. Some are much easier to use than others, but that usually means you have to pay to play. We’ve also explained how to transfer your music manually if you’re looking to save money. Some might not think the extra features and risk of downloading a syncing software are worth it, and we get that. Choose what’s best for you, and happy syncing!

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