Helpdesk challenge – How to listen to your iTunes music on an Android device

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

Music manager

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

Music manager location

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.

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6 replies

    1. To transfer my iTunes over to my phone, I use my Samsung Galaxy 4. Samsung have a service called Samsung Kies which let’s you upload or download anything to or from your PC to your phone, I just tick whatever I want onto my phone like “iTunes ” or photo’s onto the PC by syncing it with kies & it’s done.

  1. This is a very helpful article – however, it seems that you are only able to transfer music files. It doesn’t work with video or audi-books, probably because these files are Apple-protected. What a shame!

  2. I cannot see a Google Music Play app that is free. There only seems to be a Google Music Play app that is free for 30 days only & then they charge you £10 per month. I am a pensioner and just want to be able to listen to my music which is currently on itunes & accessed from my desktop PC. This tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab3.

  3. Very helpful, thank you. One question: if I upload my iTunes music library to the cloud, has it disappeared from may i pod

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