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How To Get Your iTunes Music On Windows Phone

You might be a bit nervous to switch to Windows Phone 8 (WP8) if you’re already heavily invested in iTunes. There’s no iTunes app for WP8 so what do you do? The solution is easy. In fact, the process is similar to transferring other types of data from your computer to the phone.

Transfer iTunes Music to Windows Phone with an App

If you’re on Windows 7 or prefer to work on the desktop in Windows 8.1, then download the desktop version. If you’re on Windows 8 and higher, you can get the modern Windows app too.

With the desktop app, click Settings. Then iTunes under the Sync music, videos, and more section.

sync iTunes

The modern app is just as easy to use. Plug in your phone and launch the app and select the “+” Add to Phone button. Then select the type of media you want to add – in this case it will be Music.

modern app

Next you just need to browse to the music folder and select the albums or individual songs you want. Then make sure to click or tap to Add button.


Manually Copy Music to Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8 allows you to transfer music and other data manually using File Explorer. To transfer your iTunes, go to that directory and copy over what you want to the SD Card or the phone’s internal storage.

Copy via File Explorer

Note: Not sure where you’re iTunes music collection is? Open iTunes then go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced there you’ll see the path to your iTunes Media folder. Then in that folder is the Music and Video folders.

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iTunes Media Folder Location

Whether you use the Windows Phone app or manually transfer songs, you’ll be able to see them on your phone by opening the Music+Videos hub. Another thing to note is Microsoft launched a stand-alone Xbox Video app for WP8, as well as a preview version of its Xbox Music app. I found all of the transferred music in both locations.

Music Video Hub

If you’re new to Windows Phone and want a quality starter phone to use mainly as a portable media player, check out the Nokia Lumia 520. It’s a solid phone and a cheap way to get into the Windows Phone ecosystem. The phone started for $99 with NO contract — now I’ve seen it around $59-69. You can read about it my article: Using the Nokia Lumia 520 as a Zune on Steroids.

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2 Responses to How To Get Your iTunes Music On Windows Phone

  1. BB January 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Just want to ask whether you’ve actually tried syncing to your Lumia 520. I can’t get it to work properly: On Windows 8.1, Windows 7, OS X. Windows Phone App, Explorer. Nothing. All of them return assorted errors during the copy, and the end result is a phone with a bunch of duplicate song entries on it.

    I’m nearly ready to call it quits, as much as I like Windows Phone otherwise.

  2. BB January 8, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    To quote Roz, “Your stunned silence is v-e-r-y reassuring.”

    Seriously, music sync on WP8 seems to be massively broken, even with Microsoft’s own media management solutions.

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