When I switched from the iPhone X to the Galaxy Note 9, I missed a lot of things. I missed Airdrop, Handoff, the universal clipboard Apple devices share, typing on Apple TV with the iPhone and the little conveniences the Apple ecosystem has to offer.
I was able to work around the Airdrop issue by using AirDroid to send files between my MacBook Pro and Samsung phone, but the playlists I’ve been maintaining on iTunes all these years was a major concern.
Although these playlists are synced with my iPad Pro and iPod Touch 6G, I needed them on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as well. I love having the same playlists on all my devices. I tried using SyncMate but I didn’t really like the fact that I had to do some configurations before getting it work. I still didn’t get it to work as I wanted even after going though all the trouble. Maybe I was just impatient, who knows?
After trying out a couple of solutions I didn’t really like, I came across a simple one that works great.
Using iSyncr to sync iTunes playlist with Samsung phone or any Android device
iSyncr is an Android app I found in the Play Store that lets you sync your iTunes playlists with any Android device.
1. Follow this link to install the app on your phone.
2. Install the desktop client for macOS or Windows from here.
3. Launch the desktop client. If it asks for permission to access iTunes, simply grant the request.
4. Be sure you computer and smartphone are on the same WiFi network
4. Launch the mobile app and choose the preferred connection method. WiFi is recommended.
5. Your computer should be automatically detected. Select it from the list.
6. Choose the playlists you intend to synchronize and tap the SYNC NOW button.
7. The synchronization should start. You should find the synced playlists on your Android phone when the process is complete.
- If you have a huge playlist, you may find the WiFi sync a bit slow. I have a music library of about 1,500 songs and it took hours to fully sync everything over WiFi.
- Also, if you’re using the free version of this app, you can only sync one iTunes playlist to your Samsung phone at a time. To choose multiple playlists and sync at once, you need the premium version.
- Again, you are limited to 100 songs per playlist using the free version. The paid version costs $9.99 which I had to pay because I couldn’t deal with all the limitations. Trust me, I have no regrets buying the full version of this app.
If you have a very huge music library, you might want to use a cable for the first sync. Instead of choosing the recommended WiFi option when you launch the mobile app, select USB.
You may need to enable USB debugging from Developer Options to make this work and grant the necessary permissions when prompted.
Connect the device through USB and select Galaxy Models (MTP) from the menu options on the desktop app.
On the phone, grant the computer permission to access your device information.
Your playlists show now be displayed on iSync’s window.
Select the iTunes playlists you want to transfer to your Android phone and hit the sync button.
I couldn’t get the USB mode to work at first. If you’re facing similar issues, you may have to uninstall and totally delete Samsung Smart Switch and Android File Transfer (Mac).