More people than ever are switching to iPhone, or are seriously considering making the move, and one of the things you'll want to bring with you is any music or audio you've been listening to on your old Android phone. Apple has been providing the best audio frameworks in the industry for years, and as such you'll find tons of great apps that utilize it within the App Store — including Google's! — to make switching your music and audio to a new device incredibly easy. Here's what works best!
1. If your music is with Google
If you've got your music from Google Play, whether you're using the standard service or All Access, all you have to do is download the Google Play Music app for iPhone and you're in business. Music. Business.
- Google Play Music - Download now (opens in new tab)
2. If your music is with Amazon
If you've got your music from Amazon, whether you're using the regular version or Amazon Prime Music, all you have to do is download the Amazon Music with Prime Music app for iPhone and your tunes will be right where you expect them to be.
- Amazon Music - Download now (opens in new tab)
4. If your music is with Beats, Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, Songza, etc.
If you've been streaming rather than buying or storing, you're in luck — all the same services are all available to you right on your iPhone. Just enter your account information and pick up right where you left off.
- Beats - Download now (opens in new tab)
- Spotify - Download now (opens in new tab)
- Rdio - Download now (opens in new tab)
- Songza - Download now (opens in new tab)
- Pandora - Download now (opens in new tab)
- Slacker - Download now (opens in new tab)
5. If your music is on your desktop
If the canonical source of your music is still your desktop and you're used to syncing it back and forth, just load it up into iTunes on Mac or Windows and keep right on syncing. Or, for $25 a year, you can upload it to iTunes Match, potentially upgrade the quality, and stream it to any of your Apple devices, any time.
6. Porting your podcasts
Podcasts are typically just as easy to move over as music. If you were using Pocket Casts, Stitcher, or TuneIn, just get the iPhone version of the same app, log into your account, and you'll be good to go.
- Pocket Casts - Download now (opens in new tab)
- Stitcher - Download now (opens in new tab)
- TuneIn - Download now (opens in new tab)
7. Adding your audio books
While iTunes sells audiobooks, most people who love to listen end up with Audible subscriptions. Thanks to the Audible app for iPhone, you can sign in, download anything you like from your catalog, and keep on listening.
- Audible - Download now (opens in new tab)
8. More great music and audio apps
Once you've gotten adjusted to your iPhone, you may want to check out some of the other amazing music and audio apps available for iOS. Apple has a deep commitment to those frameworks, and developers have been incredibly creative in bringing them to life.
- GarageBand (opens in new tab)
- djay 2 (opens in new tab)
- Capo Touch (opens in new tab)
- Stringer (opens in new tab)
- Magic Piano (opens in new tab)
- Overcast (opens in new tab)
Your musical move?
Whether you've already switched to iPhone or you're still considering making the move from Android, let us know how you're listening to your music, podcasts, and audio books, and how you plan to keep listening to them in the future. And if you need more help on making the switch, check out:
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
For the Google Play one, IMHO the better method is to use Google's Play Music download tool to download all your Google Play music, and import them into iTunes. That way you don't have to go through Google's Music player on your phone and can have the music in the stock music container.
I was expecting a way of getting music out of the Google Play Store, not just pointing to their app. Thanks. Sent from the iMore App
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