Samsung’s stunning new Galaxy Note 5 has a lot of people switching from other Android phones, or the iPhone, and giving it a try. Thanks to a beautiful 5.7-inch Quad-HD display and a premium all aluminum design. If you’ve recently switched from iPhone to the Note 5, here’s how to transfer your iTunes library to the Note 5.
Most iPhone owners have a huge collection of music on their devices, or use Apple Music. If you have a massive collection of music and the idea of transferring an entire iTunes list to the Galaxy Note 5 has you worried, the guide below has it covered. This also will allow owners to transfer almost anything from the iPhone to the Note 5.
For starters users should read the easy to follow and complete how to switch guide compiled by Google, which goes over everything from contacts and pictures, to that entire iTunes music collection. Then, head on past the break for even more details, click & drag instructions, and even some software that will sync everything (including movies and TV shows) for you.
With the latest iPhone 6s release Apple debuted a new tool and its first ever Android app, to help users switch from Android to Apple, and Google did the same with the tool above.
Obviously each company wants to steal customers from the other, and it’s a never-ending cycle. However, if you did switch to the Note 5 and need to get some iTunes music transferred, lets get started.
Owners looking to transfer all their iTunes music to the Note 5 or S6 Edge+ can use a USB cord and do it the old fashion way by clicking and dragging folders, transfer it with a one-click tool or program we mention below, or even over WiFi, here’s how to do it all.
Drag & Drop
The easiest way for me is simply using the plug in, then drag and drop from a computer like a Macbook or Windows 8 to the Note 5. Owners can actually head to the iTunes folder and drag the entire music folder right onto the Note 5, as long as they have enough space and aren’t moving 10,000 songs. Users can choose certain albums, songs, or move the entire folder to the Note 5.
First you’ll need to find where your iTunes music is stores on your computer, and below are the typical locations.
- Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\ (username)\ My Documents \My Music \iTunes
- Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 8 – C:\ (username) \My Music \iTunes
- Mac OS X – /users /username/ Music/ iTunes
Once you’ve found the iTunes music folder you’ll want to open that and have it handy on the desktop, and now simply plug in a Note 5 via USB to the computer. Users may need to pulldown the notification bar on the Note 5 and select USB options to turn on Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). Although this is usually the method of USB it uses when plugged in. If you’re on a Mac you’ll need to quickly install the Android File Transfer program, which is very helpful for everything. Plug in the Note 5, wait for the Android File Transfer to fire up, and navigate to the Music folder. Shown below on the Galaxy S6.
From here all you need to do is simply click on the iTunes Music folder you left on your desktop and drag it into the “Music” folder on any device, like the Note 5. It may take a while depending on the size, and speed of your computer or USB port.
Shown above is an image from my computer where I’m transferring 14GB of music from iTunes right into my Samsung Galaxy S6, and the same can be done on the Note 5. I find this to be the easiest method, as users can select certain songs, albums, or the entire collection and drag it and then forget it, and wait for it to finish. It’s worth noting that the Note 5 doesn’t have a micro-SD slot, which means you’ll want to leave some space for photos, apps, and games.
Once this finishes you’re all done. Owners can now unplug the Note 5 and enjoy all their iTunes music on Android. Google Music will find all the music on your device, or download a media player from the Google Play Store like DoubleTwist. That or just use the pre-installed music app on the Note 5. DoubleTwist also has a sync tool to transfer music from iTunes as well.
iTunes to Android Transfer
Another option for those who’d like this all done in an easier way without digging through folders on a computer is with a program called iTunes to Android Transfer. This is a free tool you can download on Windows or MAC, and it simply syncs everything from iTunes to Android with one click. Everything, not just music.
Install iTunes to Android on your PC or Mac, and run it. The software will be opened together with your iTunes library. Then just plug the USB cable to connect any Note 5 to the computer. There are two options you can choose: “Sync iTunes to Android” and “Clean Up iTunes Library”.
Click on “Sync iTunes to Android”, you can choose “Entire library” or “Selected playlists” to sync iTunes to the Note 5. This works for Music, Movies, TV Sows, favorites and more.
This tool also supports the same click-drag option we mentioned earlier, to select specific songs or albums. It’s just a different way of doing it, with an easier to understand interface.
It’s worth noting that this tool will also let you transfer contacts, pictures, videos, books and more from a computer to the Note 5.
Google Play Music
Last but not least is by using the Google Play Music Manager. This is another excellent route, as owners can use it to move all the music over WiFi to your device, or to the Cloud in order to save the precious 32GB of space on the Note 5. Google Play Music allows users to store 50,000 songs in the cloud, which should be more than enough for just about everyone.
Head to Google Play Music in a web browser on your computer. Tap the three lines at the top left and scroll down to “upload music”. From here you’ll be instructed to download the Google Play Music Manager tool.
Once you install the Music Manager and sign into your Gmail account, it will instantly find and start uploading the entire iTunes library to the Google cloud. You can select preferences and choose specific songs, or the entire iTunes music library from your computer. This may take a while, so be patient, and you’ll want to open Google Play Music on your Note 5 and head into settings. Google blocks explicit songs in mixes by default, or uploads clean versions instead, so turn that off. There’s also an option to cache music during playback, where the Note 5 will temporarily save songs to the device. This is helpful if you lose service, but will temporarily take up space.
However, if you only transfer music to the Google cloud, you’ll be streaming your iTunes music over the internet with WiFi or your data connection, which could use up a 2 or 5GB data plan before the end of the month. Google Play Music remains one of the best options around for the interface, options, and 50,000 song storage limit, but you’ll want to make sure you aren’t streaming music 24/7 or it will use up all your data and cause overage charges.
It’s worth noting that the steps mentioned above will transfer an entire iTunes music collection to any Android device, not just the Galaxy Note 5. Do this on your HTC One M9, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Tab and more. Now, enjoy all of your music on your Android device of choice.
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