With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ arrival buyers will begin to have lots of questions. This quick guide will explain how previous iPhone owners can transfer iTunes music to the Galaxy S8. A task many will need to do rather than leave their music collection behind.
Samsung’s new phones have a lot to offer. From a stunning design with a huge screen, water resistance, to a microSD slot for storage expansion. There is a lot to like, which is why some may be making the switch from iPhone to Android.
Read: 8 Best Galaxy S8+ Screen Protectors
Our link above goes into some details on switching from one phone from the other. That said, we want to focus a little more attention on those all-important music collections. There are multiple ways to do it, and we’ll cover a dew different ways below.
Here we’ll explain everything you need to know. Starting with how to use Samsung’s own fast and efficient method, called Smart Switch. Then getting into other options like click & drag to move audio files to your phone or an SD card, or a program that does it all for you. Being an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy there are countless options available online. Lets get started.
Here’s how to transfer iTunes music to the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+.
Samsung Smart Switch
First up is Samsung Smart Switch. It’s extremely powerful and works on Android, iPhone and more. Simple plug the two phones together using a cable and the supplied USB dongle in the box, and follow the on-screen prompts. This can transfer an entire iPhone in typically less than 30 minutes, along with all your music. This dongle was provided with the Galaxy S7, and will likely be included with all S8 purchases.
Connect an iPhone Lightning cable to the iPhone and the USB end to the Samsung dongle. Then find and launch the app called Samsung Smart witch. Follow Samsung’s how to use Smart Switch for more details. Our image below is from the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it works essentially the same on the new Galaxy S8. Only the adapter is USB Type-C.
This method actually does anything and everything, not just music. So while we’re focusing on that, this tool will transfer literally everything from an iPhone to Samsung. Making the switch painless. How long it takes depend on the amount of songs, videos or data being transferred. I have a big collection, so it took nearly 45 minutes.
Alternatively, Samsung has a desktop program too with even more options and an easy to use interface.
Transfer with Drag & Drop Method
For me, the easiest way to add iTunes music to the S8, or from any device is by manually doing it myself. Plug a micro-SD card into a computer or your Galaxy S8, and drag all songs, albums, or collections to it. This can move everything at once and make this process extremely easy.
Using the included USB to USB Type-C cable connect your phone and get started.
- 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 your iTunes music folder you’ll want to open that and have it handy on the desktop. Now simply plug in the S8 via USB to your computer, or insert an SD card. Users may need to pulldown the notification bar on the Galaxy S8 and select USB options to turn on Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). Although it may be set to that by default.
Those using a Mac will need to install the Android File Transfer program. Once done plug it in, and something similar to the image below should popup full of files. Locate or create a music folder. Our image below was from transferring music on an old Galaxy, but the same steps apply.
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 your Galaxy S8 or S8+. It may take a while depending on the size, and speed of your computer and USB ports.
Above, I’m transferring 14GB of music from iTunes right into an old Galaxy S6 all at once. This is the easiest method as I can click and drag the entire file, or open the iTunes music folder and select individual songs or albums. In closing, the internal storage is faster and the preferred location. Especially considering the Galaxy S8 has 64GB built-in.
Once this finishes we’re all done. Owners can now unplug the phone and enjoy all their iTunes music on Android. Now play them with Samsung’s Music player, launch Google Play Music, or download a media player from the Google Play Store like DoubleTwist. Which also has a sync and transfer tool that’s worth considering.
iTunes to Android Transfer Tool
As we said earlier, a lot of options exist that can complete this task. Those who’d rather not dig through files and folders can use a program called iTunes to Android Transfer. This is a free tool you can download on Windows or MAC, which can transfer anything and everything with ease. Just by the tap of a button.
Install iTunes to Android on your PC or Mac, and run it. It may be titled iTunes to Galaxy. The software will be opened together with your iTunes library. Then simply connect a Galaxy S8 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”, then choose “Entire library” or “Select playlists” to sync iTunes to a new Galaxy. It works for music, movies and other file types.
Furthermore, this program provides a nice interface to drag and drop individual songs or albums too. Similar to our instructions above, just in a way that might be easier for some owners.
Buyers can also transfer contacts and other important information from their iPhone to the Galaxy S8 using this. Give it a try today if Smart Switch gives you trouble.
Transfer with Google Play Music
Last but certainly not least is the Google Play Music Manager. Transfer everything quickly over WiFi, or upload iTunes music to the Google cloud. Google Play Music allows up to 50,000 songs in the cloud, which is more storage than most will ever need.
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”. From here you’ll be instructed to download Music Manager. This is the tool we need.
Install the Music Manager and sign into a Gmail account. Next it will instantly find and start uploading all and all music to the cloud from iTunes. Head into settings > preferences to change what is uploaded.
If you only transfer music to the Google cloud, it will stream over the internet or WiFi and may use your monthly data limit. Which is why we’d recommend adding songs to the SD card or internal storage instead. Additionally, you’ll have access anywhere even without a data connection or WiFi.
In closing, the steps mentioned above will transfer an entire iTunes music collection to any Android device, not just the Galaxy S8. We’re all done. Now enjoy all of your music on the new Galaxy S8 or S8+.