If you are a new Android user you are probably perplexed as to how to get your iTunes music onto your Android smartphones such as the Droid RAZR or Samsung Galaxy S III? Or maybe you've had an Android smartphone for a while and haven't had the time to figure out the whole file transfer process.
Your best bet for free USB transfer is doubleTwist. If you want to sync files wirelessly over Wi-Fi, AirSync is a good choice.
"AirSync does your transfer via your Wi-Fi network. Then you don't have pay for data and it doesn't drain your battery," said Monique Farantzos, President of doubleTwist.
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with SugarSync cloud storage preinstalled. It does not sync the media to your Samsung Galaxy S III but keeps it in the cloud with 5GB of free cloud storage. Using it outside a Wi-Fi network will use data from your data plan. The Kies Air app lets you copy files via a web-based file app. doubleTwist does the work for you. In fact, Samsung in its own Samsung Galaxy S III starting tips recommends that you download doubleTwist.<!--nextpage-->
Recently, we were asked by someone to find an easy way to get iTunes music and other media over to an Android smartphone. Of course, you could copy your files via a USB connection, but that can be very tedious finding the files and your playlists could disappear. doubleTwist offers a free USB app that is easy to install on a PC or Mac as well as downloaded from Google Play as well as the $4.99 AirSync app which worked flawlessly.
When the first Droid came out, Motorola offered Motorola MediaLink software which did an excellent job of syncing music and media. We can no longer find that software. However, doubleTwist does a fine job of synchronizing the playlists from iTunes and even offered to take the playlists from an iPod to move to a Motorola smartphone. Please note that according to Farantzos, only older models of iPods are supported, not iOS models. iPhone models found by the doubleTwist software are read-only.
All you have to do is install doubleTwist first on your Android then on your Windows PC. The doubleTwist software will find your iTunes playlists and files. doubleTwist will also convert the media to the right format for your Android smartphone. Under Settings in the Android app, there is a setting to store the media on your external memory (microSD) card. doubleTwist recommends only using one volume to store your media. If you choose the memory card, please do not store media files on the internal storage location.
Just click on sync int he desktop software and all the files are transferred for you, when the Android phone is connected via a USB cable. Therefore, it is a good idea to download the Android app first and select your settings before transferring music.
If you have Wi-Fi network at home, you can get AirSync ($4.99) for which you can set up automatic syncing and have new photos and videos taken on your Android smartphone imported to your PC , as well as music downloaded.
We used doubleTwist for a USB transfer and Wi-Fi transfer, the USB sync took less time. However, the Wi-Fi sync required less fumbling with cables. After entering the "code" in the desktop doubleTwist the Wi-Fi transfer started immediately.
For USB sync the Samsung Galaxy S3 will not sync to a Mac, yet because the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Galaxy S3 only offer USB MTP mode, which doubleTwist was not designed for. doubleTwestt expects USB Mass Storage (MSC) mode. They are working on an update to correct the issue.
What's next for doubleTwist with its twist on sync? "We're working on a Windows Phone app," said Farantzos.