How To Transfer iTunes Music To Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus
iPhone users switching to Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus is not so uncommon. Samsung scored a huge success with its latest flagships. And it doesn’t really matter if it was the water-resistance, the great camera, the tempting micro-SD storage expansion, the extended battery life, the large screen or any other special trait that won their hearts and made them give up on iPhone.
If you’ve been there and done that, you know your motivation well enough. But you must be facing a great change right now and you are probably wondering how to transfer some of your favorite collections to your new Android device.
In today’s article, we’d like to walk you through the process of transferring the iTunes music on a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. As you will soon discover, we have put together a detailed setup guide with different options. Now, despite the fact that both S8 and S8 Plus come with a dongle in the package and data transfer could be performed with its help, there is actually more than one way to do it.
Consequently, we’d like to introduce you to the Samsung Smart Switch, a dedicated service from Samsung specifically designed to help you move audio files with just a drag & drop action. From your music collection to your favorite programs, you can move a lot of things right to the micro-SD card. In addition to it, you have the Google Play Music, which isn’t just an instrument for accessing music but it also lets you transfer your audio files and store them in the cloud. More about that, coming up next.
How to use the Samsung Smart Switch
You would be surprised, but the system developed by Samsung, this popular Smart Switch, can move everything from your old iPhone to your new smartphone within 30 minutes. All you have to do is to connect the devices through a cable and the USB dongle from the box of your Galaxy S8. Your new device will automatically detect what’s going on and walk you through the process. All you have to do is to follow the prompts on the screen and you should be able to transfer whatever you need from your old iPhone. In a nutshell, you need to:
- Connect the iPhone Lightning cable to the Apple device;
- Plug the USB end into the dongle;
- Launch the Smart Switch app from your Samsung device;
- Tap on Settings;
- Select Backup and Reset to start the Smart Switch;
- Select Open Smart Switch;
- And use the information provided by Samsung on how to use Smart Switch.
At this point, you should be able to manually select what you want to transfer. Since we were talking about your music collection, you will probably want to start from there. Depending on how many songs and videos or any other data you plan to transfer, it can take anything from a couple of minutes up to an hour.
If you’re more comfortable using a computer, you should know that Smart Switch can also work on a PC and comes with a detailed interface that will let you select whatever you want to transfer on your smartphone, only that from the bigger screen of a computer.
The Drag & Drop alternative
If you prefer the straightforward method of dragging and dropping, suffices to plug a micro-SD card into your Apple device, drag the music files on it, and then introduce the same card into your Android device. Alternatively, you can connect the phone to a PC and transfer the files straight to your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with a micro-USB cable.
Of course, in order to do that, you will have to know the exact location of the iTunes music on your computer, so here you have a couple of specific addresses where you could find it:
- On Mac OS X computers, go to /users /username/ Music/ iTunes
- On Windows XP computers, go to C:\Documents and Settings\ (username)\ My Documents \My Music \iTunes
- On Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows 8 computers go to C:\ (username) \My Music \iTunes
After locating the folder with your iTunes music, you just have to:
- Keep the folder close to you, opened on the desktop;
- Connect your Galaxy S8 smartphone to the computer through a USB cable;
- Swipe down the Notification shade of your phone and select the option Media Transfer Protocol (MTP);
- Alternatively, if you are using a Mac, you can simply install and run the Android File Transfer program and connect your iPhone to the Mac;
- Create a music folder on your Galaxy S8;
- Select the iTunes music folder from your computer’s desktop;
- Drag it to the newly created music folder on your Galaxy S8 Plus;
- Wait for the transfer to finish, though the required time will vary depending on the size of the iTunes music folder.
With these simple steps, you can either select, drag and drop the folder with your entire music collection or manually select, drag and drop only particular songs from that collection. The key, however, is that you drop the selection on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus micro-SD card. If you accidentally use the internal storage for this purpose, you might not have enough space for the transfer.
Now, when it’s all done, unplug the smartphone and start enjoying your iTunes collection on your new Android device. If you don’t really know your Samsung options, you can try:
- The Google Music, an app that will automatically find all the files on the device and play them;
- Or the Google Play Store, from where you can download third-party apps – DoubleTwist is one of the apps that you will probably want to try since it comes with numerous features and the possibility to sync and transfer your iTunes music through it.
How to use the Google Play Music
As promised, you can also handle the entire above through the Google Play Music Manager. This one will rely on a Wi-Fi network to do a wireless transfer and even help you move all your iTunes music straight to the Cloud.
With this app, you can store up to 50.000 music files in the Cloud. If you want to try it, start from your computer:
- Open an internet browser;
- Access the Google Play Music service online;
- Tap on the 3-dots icon from the top left corner;
- Scroll down for the Upload Music option;
- Tap on it and follow the instructions for downloading the Google Play Music Manager tool;
- After installing the manager, sign in with your Gmail account;
- The Music Manager should then automatically start to download all your iTunes music and store it in the Cloud;
- Feel free to tweak some preferences regarding what songs to move or just select the entire iTunes library.
When this is all done, your iTunes music collection will be safely stored in Cloud, from where you can play it on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone over the Internet. It should use a Wi-Fi network, but when the signal is poor, you might discover that your smartphone is actually using your mobile data plan to play the music online and this could get you some high extra costs.
To avoid such situations, you can opt to move the music on your SD card and still use the Google Play Music to access it right from your phone. This time, you will no longer need the internet but you will still get to enjoy the great interface, the numerous options, and the huge storage capacity of your Google Play Music app.
All these being said, now you know how to transfer an entire collection of iTunes music, from Apple to any Android device, be it a Samsung Galaxy S8, a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, or anything else!