Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/150995/how-to-get-music-onto-your-android-phone-without-itunes/
iTunes can’t sync your music library to an Android device, and Google doesn’t offer an iTunes-style desktop app. However, there are several ways you can easily transfer your music collection to your Android smartphone or tablet.
Excellent article. I am totally hooked on Google Music and don't keep any music on my phone. Its so much easier to stream what I want when I want it. Gone are the days of required gigs and gigs of storage on my phone when I can just keep everything "in the cloud".
Although I'm not using it to sync my device any more, I gotta give a shout out to MediaMonkey! Best music manager on the planet. Handles my huge library with ease and makes managing and maintaining my music library so easy. Its the only app I use for Music and still use it to sync to my old ipod. No mas iTunes.
i agree with scott, no music on my tablet either. i was always anti google until o bought a tablet, now i'm seeing their spyware as fairly useful now.
I use Subsonic to stream music from my own home server. It's excellent and I highly recommend it. If you have a lot (read tens of gigabytes or more) of music and it's organized well, Subsonic is the way.
This article is far from complete. Why no love for DoubleTwist? WinAMP? There are several media players that sync to your phone iTunes style, and the article didn't mention any of them - just cloud services that suck bandwidth while you're on the go.
DoubleTwist is an attempt to build essentialy "iTunes for Android" (Except that it works on a lot more than Android),
WinAMP was one of the first PC media players out there; it hit the market back in the late 90's when MP3's were still mostly an underground thing. Other than Windows Media Player, it may be the oldest media player still in active development. The latest versions can sync music to Android devices over WiFi, as well as play music both on your Android device and on the computer.
There are also programs like SyncToy which simply synchronize folders in two different places.
I can't imagine any conversation about replacing iTunes not covering at least that much... and that's just a small portion of what's out there.
DoubleTwist is a good point, and I updated the article with a mention of that and Winamp in the sync section.
The fact is that we can't include every single solution out there, or the article would be almost never-ending. The idea was to focus on built-in Google software as the solution.
Personally I love the Google Play music player - all my music lives in the cloud, is accessible from anywhere, and you can easily download an album, or playlist, or song to your phone while on Wi-Fi so that it doesn't have to sync over 3G or 4G. Since my music collection is fairly large, and I don't listen on the phone all that often, it works out really well for me.
Thanks for the reply.
I had actually forgotten that Google Play could cache tracks locally; I have been thinking of it as a cloud-only solution.
You are right, of course: there are tons of solutions out there for Android. That's the blessing and the curse of an open operating system; unlike Apple and iTunes, which force you to use one solution (whether you love it or hate it), Android gives you choice - a lot of choice. The up side is that you can find a solution that fits your needs and your needs. The down side is that you have to search to find the right solutions.
iSyncr is the app to sync your Android with iTunes.
If you happen to use "intelligent" Playlists in iTunes, iSyncr is your only hope! No other syncing software I know of removes the songs on the phone when the playlist has changed on the computer. Let alone collects playcounts from your Android, feed that to iTunes so that intelligent playlist may change in the first place.
iSyncr is the only way to do this. The free version supports USB, the (cheap) pay version supports WiFi syncing. Not all Android music players support playcounts (the stock player, Sony's Walkman player, Rocket player (from the same programmer as iSyncr) and a lot of others do...). iTunes-style star ratings are possible via a widget or from within the Rocket player.
To me, syncing the playlists on the Mac or PC to my phone is crucial. If I only wanted to copy files TO the phone, I could do that myself.
I have a question not about music downloads but podcasts. I listen much more to talks, seminars, etc. Do any of the apps mentioned in the article work just as well with podcasts; if not, can anyone recommend one that does.
As usual this will not work Canada :o( .
I use Winamp for managing all my audio. You can manage any plug n' play device (and even sync wirelessly to Android devices - but I have not had much luck with this. Probably something in my firewall setup). Once your device is mounted in Winamp, you can send any song, album or playlist to it right from your media library. With playlists and individual files especially, this is much easier than trying to locate and copy the files one at a time.
What about FTP? Log in to your computer, download music to your phone and delete when you're done with it. It's probably not as convenient as the "cloud" but if you're using the Android platform and you're on this website, you probably (should) know how to roll your own personal cloud anyway.
Google Play is my method of choice. I like it's set it and (mostly) forget it solution. I say mostly because as I was supporting the wife's work efforts, I realized I'd not pulled down the audiobook I intended to listen to. More precisely, I intended to listen to a book using the "Speak" feature of FBReader and as soon as I started it up, I realized that I should've just synced the audiobook. I don't think that's the type of problem one would encounter with music, specifically.
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