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How to Transfer iTunes Music to the Galaxy Note 9

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This guide will show you how to transfer iTunes music to your Galaxy Note 9. If you just switched from the iPhone after seeing all the cool things the Galaxy Note 9 can do, you’ll have a lot of questions. Here’s how to quickly transfer iTunes instead of leaving your music collection behind.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 has a lot to offer. You get all-day battery life and a headphone jack, two things Music fans love. Apple ditched headphone jacks, and people aren’t happy about it. Which is why some iPhone users are making the switch from iPhone to Android.

Read: 10 Best Music Player Apps for Android

Thankfully there are multiple different ways to get all of your iTunes music. You can move it directly from your old iPhone to the Galaxy Note 9 or copy it from a computer. Below, we’ll explain them all in detail so you can keep on enjoying your tunes.

How to Transfer iTunes Music to the Galaxy Note 9

We’ll go over a few different ways to transfer everything, starting with the easiest method first. A simple copy and paste method using an app. Samsung has an easy to use tool that does all the work for you. In fact, Samsung’s “SmartSwitch” app will transfer your entire phone, apps, text messages, call logs, settings and all of your music. It’s an all-in-one solution. We’ll start with that first.

Transfer iTunes with SmartSwitch

SmartSwitch is an app that’s pre-installed on every Samsung phone. Now, you need to install it on a PC or Mac. You can Download Samsung SmartSwitch on your computer or use a USB cable to transfer everything from phone to phone. Either way works great.

Connect an iPhone Lightning cable to the iPhone and the USB end to the Samsung dongle provided in the box with the Galaxy Note 9. That little dongle (pictured below) is what makes this work. Then find and launch the SmartSwitch app. Follow Samsung’s how to use SmartSwitch for more details.

Follow the on-screen prompts, and it will transfer your entire iPhone and iTunes library in around 30 minutes. Give or take a few minutes depending on how much music you have. Plus, with 128GB of storage on the Note 9, you’ll have plenty of space leftover. If not, add a microSD card and throw 400GB inside.

Alternatively, download SmartSwitch for your computer and use it to drag and drop music from your PC (iTunes file) to the Galaxy Note 9 internal storage. If that sounds confusing to you, our next step is similar but uses an all-in-one tool to transfer and find your music for you.

Transfer iTunes with the Drag & Drop Method

Personally, the drag and drop method is the easiest way to do things. Not to mention you can control what does or doesn’t transfer to your new phone. This is basically connecting your phone to the computer, then manually dragging and dropping music on the Note 9.

Plug your phone into the computer with the included cable, or a microSD card, then drag all songs, albums, or collections to a new folder. You can name it Music, or iTunes Music. This moves everything at once and is extremely simple. Then, you’ll have all your music on the Note, or on an SD card you can throw in and take with you next time you upgrade. Here’s where to find your music on a computer.

Using the included USB to USB Type-C cable connect your phone and get started.

iTunes Locations

  • Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\ (username)\ My Documents \My Music \iTunes
  • Windows 7, 8, 10 or Windows Vista – C:\ (username) \My Music \iTunes
  • Mac OS X/High Sierra, etc – /users /username/ Music/ iTunes

Once you find your iTunes music folder you’ll want to open that and have it handy on the desktop. Now simply connect the Galaxy Note 9 via USB to your computer, or insert an SD card. You may need to pull down the notification bar on your phone and select USB options to turn on Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). This lets the phone and PC talk to each other.

If you have a Mac you won’t see your phone until you download the Android File Transfer program. Install that, then you’ll see something like our image below. Locate or create a music folder and get started.

Now, just click on the iTunes Music folder you left on your desktop or from our first set of instructions and drag it to the “Music” folder or any folder inside the Android File Transfer window above. Basically, you’re dragging all of iTunes right to the Note.

Read: Best MicroSD Cards for the Galaxy Note 9

If you don’t have enough space, use a microSD card from our recommended list above. Once the transfer completes, unplug your phone and enjoy the music with one of the many music player apps for Android.

iTunes to Android Transfer Tool

Next, you can use one of several tools to transfer iTunes for you. Those who’d rather not dig through files and folders can use iTunes to Android Galaxy Transfer. This is a free tool you can download on Windows or Mac, that lets you easily transfer your stuff. It’s a pretty handy and powerful tool, but we’re focusing on music and iTunes specifically.

Once you install the easy transfer tool to your PC or Mac it does almost everything for you. Whether that’s opening iTunes automatically, finding music, and giving you one simple “Transfer” button to press. It’s dead simple to use. Connect your Galaxy Note 9 to the computer and follow the on-screen instructions. There are two options you can choose: “Sync iTunes to Android” and “Clean Up iTunes Library”.

Click on “Sync iTunes to Android”, then choose “Entire library” or “Select playlists” to sync iTunes to a new Galaxy. It works for music, movies, and other file types. Choose what you want to transfer, and you’re all set.

Transfer iTunes to Google Play Music

And finally, you can use Google Play Music, which is what we recommend. It’s one of the best options overall, not just for iPhone or Android users. You can upload 50,000 songs for free, or stream from the cloud. You can transfer your entire iTunes library over WiFi, then upload it to the cloud so it’s not wasting space on your Galaxy Note 9. Google Music lets you store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud too, completely free.

Head to Google Play Music in a web browser on a computer. Tap the three lines at the top left and scroll down to “upload music”. Now, simply download the Music Manager tool.

Sign into your Gmail account, install Music Manager, and follow the on-screen prompts. Google’s tool will scan your computer and find any and all music, then, instantly transfer your entire collection. Head to Settings > Preferences to control your upload settings.

Other Details

In closing, now that you have all your music use one of these top Android music players to enjoy your favorite album. All but one of the methods we just explained physically put the music on your phone. That way you can enjoy music whenever without dealing with it being stuck in the cloud, without an internet connection. However, the Google Music method puts it all in the cloud. Meaning you’ll use up your monthly data plan or need WiFi to enjoy your music.

Personally, I have all my music on a microSD card. Not because I’m worried about storage, as there’s 128GB, but because I want it available 24/7.

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