Smartphone or tablets are essentially portable music players so here is how to transfer your iTunes library to an Android phone or tablet. You can either copy the music directly to a device with a cable or upload songs to Google Play Music making them available to stream to any device without taking up storage.

So you've got an Android smartphone or tablet and want to listen to your amazing music collection on it, but how on earth do you get your library from your computer to your Android device? See also: Stop Android apps automatically updating.

Luckily the process is fairly simple because Android devices appear on computers as storage volumes just like a USB stick. You'll need a microUSB to regular USB cable for this which is normally supplied with any new device.

How to transfer iTunes library to Android phone

Step One

Plug your Android phone (or tablet) into your PC. You may need to tell the phone to operate in MTP mode for transferring files.

Android MTP mode

Read: How to set a song as a ringtone on Android.

Step Two

Open a new File Explorer window and navigate to your device's music folder. In this case the location is: This PC > Chris' G2 > Internal Storage > Music.

Android music folder

Leave this window open ready to move your music.

Step Three

Open a new File Explorer window (right click on 'This PC' and select 'open in a new window') and find your iTunes music library. By default this is found in: This PC > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Music.

iTunes music folder

Step Four

With the two windows open next to each other on your desktop simply drag and drop the music you want to transfer to your Android device. You can select particular folders or just move everything if you have enough free storage space on your device.

Transfer iTunes library to Android

How to transfer iTunes library to Android phone with Google Play Music

Transferring your music directly to a device is the obvious solution but you might want to make your tunes available to multiple devices in one go - you might have a smartphone and a tablet. Uploading a music library to Google Play Music not only means that it's accessible to all your devices, it also means it takes up no storage space (unless you want it to). It's stored in the cloud so you'll need a data connection to stream the music but you can also pin (download) content to keep it stored locally for offline listening.

Google Play Music allows you to upload a maximum of 50,000 songs for free and it's easy to upload your entire collection with the Music Manager. Follow the steps below to transfer iTunes (plus Windows Media or local folders) library to Android phone with Google Play Music.

Step One

Head to the Google Play store in a web browser and click on Music, then select My Music. You'll need to log in with a Google account.

Upload songs to Google Music iTunes library

Step Two

Once you're in the music section, open the menu on the left with the three lines by 'Listen Now' and select Upload Music towards the bottom. You'll be prompted to download the Music Manager but if you've already got it then open it up and sign in with your Google account.

Note: Google Play Music has a limit of 10 authorised devices so you may need to deauthorise something if you've reached the maximum.

Upload songs to Google Music iTunes library

Step Three

When you're logged into the Music Manger select ' Upload songs to Google Play' and hit Next.

Upload songs to Google Music iTunes library

Step four and five

Now you can select which library or folder you want to upload – for this guide we're choosing iTunes. The Music Manager will automatically find your library displaying how many song and playlists are available. You can choose to upload it all or selected songs by playlist plus the option to include podcast.

Upload songs to Google Music iTunes library

Step six

Hit next and you'll be asked if you want to automatically upload songs which you add to your library in the future, therefore keeping iTunes and Google Play Music synchronised. Make your selection, approve the next screen and your music will be uploaded. If you turn off your computer part of the way through, it will resume automatically when it's switched back on.

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