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iTunes and Android — Play Well Together?

Folks, today I am seeking a little reader input, if you’d be so kind.

As I mentioned in Wednesday’s article, I am now (trying to) using an iMac for as many of my “daily computing” purposes as possible, as a learning experiment, and to be a better tech. Naturally, I quickly came to the point where I wanted to load up some songs and digital music, and explore the “wonderful world of iTunes”. And compare it to other music players.

Now I know that if I had an iPhone or iPad, all I’d have to do is connect the device (via USB) and my playlists/songs/devices would ‘sync’ automatically.

But I have Android devices.

And iTunes kinda pretends I’ve plugged nothing in, and seems to have no easy way to ‘sync’, and transfer song files from one to the other. In short, it’s refusing to play nicely.

So I have looked at some “apps” for syncing Android and iTunes – Easy Phone Tunes, TuneSync, iSyncr, and DoubleTwist, i.e. – but have yet done more than read about them. (I have been using Finder and ‘drag and drop’, to get the ball rolling..)

I am hoping folks out there will share with me the solutions they have found to like the best, in the Comment section below. (Bad experiences welcome, too.)

I’d sure like the tool to be free, and it does not need to sync over WiFi, and should be able to transfer more than 20 songs.

Thank you for your consideration.

Today’s quote:It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.” ~ William G. McAdoo

Today’s You Gotta Be Kidding!

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Again I say, beware the Easy E-Card…

Update: I have just learned that (sorry, I’m kinda slow) there is a major storm in the N.E. which could drop as much as 2′ of that vile white stuff commonly referred to as ‘snow’ (today??!!). I hope that everyone will exercise good cautions and stay safe out there.

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February 8, 2013 - Posted by | Android, Apple, computers, digital music | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Hi Paul,

    Good luck. Sorry I can’t help you. Haven’t a clue.

    *****Cues***** snippet of The Star Wars Darkside selection.

    J/K I would love to learn how to use a Mac…just don’t have the means(Translation: the money).

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    Comment by delenn13 | February 8, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Well, I don’t think there’s anything to learn, really. It is more a matter of getting used to looking up when I’m used to looking down (or visa versa) as I have decided I simply must use a mouse with a ‘right-click’ button when I compute, and have added one to the iMac.
      And yes, they use slightly different words in the menus (for identical functions) for legal reasons.

      But there’s no chance I am going to ‘convert’. The Apple system is so overly simplified, and choices so few, that it’s a bit like going back and riding a tricycle, after mastering off-road, enduro, mountain biking.
      To use an analogy.

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      Comment by techpaul | February 8, 2013 | Reply

  2. I’m okay with Mac computers, but I think I would always prefer having a PC for my everyday computing, especially with my recent interest in computer games.

    However, I LOVE my iPhone. I tend to like the mobile sector of Apple better, although I still loathe iTunes. I used Zune as a music player/syncer on my computer for years, and I wish it was still around and could sync to my iPhone because the two put together would be bordering on perfection.

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    Comment by Samantha | February 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Samantha,
      It is a pleasure to see your name here again. I hope life is treating you super-groovy.

      Way (way!) back in the day, it was gaming (Duke Nukem 3D, specifically) that spurred my interest in the new-fangled comp-u-tating machines. And even back then, that precluded Apple. Though it has been a few years now, and I may have finally “grown out of” it, I am (or was) a hard-core gamer, and therefore want the highest horsepower/latest tech in my computers money can buy.
      And that also precludes Apple.

      I am glad you like your iPhone (I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t) but – despite my dislike of Google – am an Android man for my mobile devices. But I am keeping a close eye on the newest Windows phones, for the reason you describe in your last sentence. My next phone very well could be a Windows 8 device… we shall see.

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      Comment by techpaul | February 8, 2013 | Reply


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