How to Synchronise iTunes to your Android Smartphone
Perhaps, like me you’ve not been able to afford an iPhone. Or you could be one of the many people who don’t even wish to own one. Let’s say you’ve opted for a smartphone that subscribes to the Android market instead.
Do you find yourself wishing you could copy your iTunes library to your mobile phone without having to manually drag around all the files? Well, it is possible in just a few very easy to follow steps.
To Notpod or Not to Notpod
One very quick and easy way to synchronise your iTunes library to android is by using a piece of software called Notpod. Head to this link at http://notpod.com/download.html and download the application to your desktop.
Once the download is complete, its icon should rest nicely in your system tray. Don’t worry; it won’t be resting lazily for too long before it shows off its abilities.
Next connect your android phone to your computer via the USB lead and select the mount as a disk drive option.
Create a new folder on the SD Card which is where the software will write the files to. You can use whatever you want for the title, let’s say MOBILE MUSIC.
Let’s Do It
Find the Notpod icon in your system tray and right click on it. Click preferences, which is the first option at the top. You’ll then be faced with the following window:
Click on New device which allows you to enter some required information.
Name: HTC WILDFIRE (this is where you input the name of your own device).
Sync Pattern: Artist – Track
Music location on device: Click [Choose] and locate the folder you created in your SD Card.
Recognised by folder/file: Click [Create] and again locate the same folder as per the previous step.
Associate with playlist: From the drop down menu select the playlist you wish to synchronise to your phone. For me it was my ON THE GO 1 playlist.
When finished click on Save device and your device is now registered.
For the final time right click on the Notpod icon in your system tray but this time select Synchronise devices…
Don’t worry about the warning message, this is just informing you it is about to write over whatever contents are in the folder you specified (which should be nothing of course, unless any gremlins have sought refuge there in the meantime):
Click OK and you should see something similar to the below as Notpod begins synchronising.
It really is as easy as that. Once synchronisation is complete you’re done. Sorted! If you don’t believe me just disconnect your mobile from your computer and check out the newly added tunes in your music folder.
I will admit the first time I attempted this I did try to copy my entire iTunes library (which is a bit on the large side) to my SD Card which naturally presented me with the issue of storage space on my mobile phone.
If like me you have a large general music library, depending on the storage capacity of your SD Card you can organise all the tunes you want to synchronise into a relevant playlist.
Alternatively you can use a bigger SD Card in your phone.