In the past most of us listened to music through our iPods and built-up large music collections using Apple’s iTunes. These days we’re more likely to use a tablet or smartphone to listen to our music but, because iTunes isn’t compatible with other operating systems, it can hard to access your library if you’re not using an Apple device.
This can be extremely frustrating but the good news is that there are a number of solutions. These will vary depending on the operating system your tablet or smartphone runs on, so in this step-by-step guide we’re going to focus on Android as it’s by far the most commonly used.
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Android offers a number of different ways to access your iTunes music library. Third party apps such as iSyncr and DoubleTwist are available from the Google Play store but probably the simplest option to use is Google’s free Play Music app.
With Google Play Music you can move your iTunes music collection into your online Google Music account. This cloud-based system lets you store up to 20,000 songs, and because they’re online they can be accessed on any compatible device. This means you’ll still have instant access to your songs even if you upgrade to a new Android tablet or phone.
How to use Google Music Play
1) Sign up for your Google Play music library
To get started, sign up for Google Play (the free version is fine if you only want to manage your own music).
Then download Music Manager, a simple desktop application that lets you upload your collection from your iTunes music library, or any music folder on your computer, to Google’s cloud server.
2) Upload your collection
Access Music Manager by clicking the Music Manager icon in your system tray at the bottom right of your screen (Windows), menu bar in the upper right corner (Mac) or notifications area (Linux).
Select the location of your music collection and click Next. If you select iTunes or Windows Media Player, you’ll also be asked if you’d like to only add specific playlists.
Music Manager will then upload all your songs to the cloud. This may take a few hours if you’ve selected to upload all your songs (depending on the size of your collection), but once you’ve done that step, you can set it to automatically upload all future tracks that you add to your iTunes library.
3) Access your music
Now that you’ve set up your Google Play music library, you can access it on your Android phone or tablet as well as the web. You can also download your music to any compatible device so that you can listen to it offline.
Do you listen to iTunes music on your Android device? Tell us how you do it in the comments below.