How to Transfer Media from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone–tablet computer hybrid designed, developed and marketed by Samsung. It is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, and is the second device in the company’s Note series, which places emphasis on the use of a stylus. Employing a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, the device sports a 5.55-inch (141 mm) diagonal display with 720p resolution, 2 GB of RAM, and a maximum of 128 GB storage (by using a 64 GB microSD card with the 64 GB model). Upon its launch, it was the first Samsung phone to come with Android version 4.1 “Jelly Bean” as standard.

- from Wikipedia

If you just switched from an iPhone to a Galaxy Note II, you definitely want to get all your favorite songs, movies, apps, games and more in your iPhone fully moved to your new device. But since iPhone and Galaxy Note II run on two different and competing mobile operating systems, being iOS and Android respectively, the transfer cannot be that easy. For instance, if you need to transfer iOS apps and games to Galaxy Note II, you have to find the corresponding apps and games in Google Play. If the Android version of the app or game is also available, you just download and install it onto your Galaxy Note II. Then you just start using the app or playing the game on your new device once again, with no app record or game scores. For the apps and games that do not have Android versions, there’s no way to get them transferred from iPhone to Galaxy Note II.

Transfer from iPhone to Galaxy Note II

Due to copyright protection, you cannot directly transfer songs, movies, TV shows, music videos or audiobooks from your iPhone to your brand new Galaxy Note II either. The songs, movies, TV shows, music videos and audiobooks in your iPhone are generally purchased and downloaded from iTunes Store. Actually, the iTunes media is protected by using Apple’s FairPlay DRM copy protection. To play iTunes songs, movies, TV shows, music videos and audiobooks on Galaxy Note II, you will need to remove iTunes DRM and convert iTunes media to Galaxy Note II compatible file formats as listed below:


  • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
  • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
  • Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording


  • Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack

Below are articles about how to convert iTunes media to plain mp3 or mp4 files that I have written in this blog before:

When the iTunes media is converted into mp3 or mp4 files, you can then feel free to transfer them to your Galaxy Note II via MicroSD card:

  1. On the device, select Settings > Wireless and network > USB utilities, and choose the Connect storage to PC option.
  2. Connect the Galaxy Note II to your computer using the micro-USB cable.
  3. On the screen of the device, select the Connect USB storage option.
  4. A removable disk will mount to your computer. You will see it listed under Computer if you’re a Windows user, or on the Desktop if you’re a Mac user.
  5. Drag and drop the music and video files over to the removable disk. You may want to create one folder named Music and another folder named Video within the removable disk first for organizational purposes.

Since Galaxy Note II is an Android device, you may also find the following articles useful:

How to Transfer iTunes Music & Video to Microsoft Surface

About Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is a series of tablets designed and marketed by Microsoft. The Surface comes in two versions, one with Windows RT and another with Windows 8 Pro. The Windows RT model uses an ARM CPU, while the Windows 8 Pro model will use an Intel CPU. Both models are able to install new applications via the Windows Store, however only the Windows 8 Pro model allows the installation of traditional third-party desktop programs.

Music in iTunes Store is in the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format, which is the MPEG-4-specified successor to MP3. Songs with DRM are encoded at 128 kbit/s. At the January 2009 Macworld Expo, Apple announced that all iTunes music would be made available without DRM, and encoded at the higher-quality rate of 256 kbit/s. However, television episodes, many books, and films are still FairPlay-protected.

Transfer iTunes Music and Video to Microsoft Surface

So if you want to play iTunes music and video on the Windows tablet, especially Surface with Windows RT, you will need to remove iTunes DRM first. Now let me show you how to remove DRM from iTunes music and video, convert iTunes music and video to plain MP3 and MP4 and transfer iTunes music to Microsoft Surface.

Remove DRM from iTunes music and convert iTunes music to MP3

1. Download and install TuneClone.

2. Create a new playlist in iTunes and add iTunes songs to the playlist.

3. Launch TuneClone. Click the Settings tab. In the pop-up window, specify output folder, output file name format, output format, etc. for the output files.

Note: Check whether TuneClone virtual CD drive is successfully installed and where it is installed at the bottom left corner of the interface. (Very Important)

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4. In iTunes, Right click the playlist you just created and choose Burn Playlist to Disc.

5. In the pop-up window of Burn Settings, select TuneClon Virtual_CD-RW from the CD Burner drop-down list, click the radio button next to Audio CD and tick Include CD Text option. Click Burn to start burning.

convert iTunes music to mp3

6. Upon the completion of burning the disc and encoding the music, you can open the TuneClone manager screen to show all the converted music files. To locate the output folder, simply click the Folder tab on the interface.

Transfer Music and Video to Micrsoft Surface

When the iTunes music is converted to MP3 and iTunes video to MP4, you can start to transfer the output music and video files to your Microsoft Surface.

1. Copy music and video files onto a USB flash drive or memory card on another computer.

2. Insert the USB flash drive or memory card into Surface.

3. Tap or click the notification that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen.

transfer iTunes music and video to Microsoft Surface

4. Tap or click Open folder to view files. File Explorer opens.

copy iTunes music and video to Microsoft Surface

5. Select the music and video files you want to add to Surface, tap or click Home, and then tap or click Copy to.

6. Select a location.

How to sync iTunes music to Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Samsung Electronics. Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the S III is a touchscreen-based, slate-format Android smartphone, with additional software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique. It employs an intelligent personal assistant (S Voice), eye-tracking ability, increased storage, and a wireless charging option. Depending on country, the 4.8-inch (120 mm) smartphone comes with different processors and RAM capacity, and 4G LTE support. The S III was launched with Android version 4.0, “Ice Cream Sandwich”, and will be upgraded to version 4.1, “Jelly Bean”, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Compatible media formats of Samsung Galaxy S III include:

Audio: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
Video: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
Ringtones & notifications: Vibration, MP3, and WAV

In case you want to play iTunes music (m4p, m4a, aac) on your new S3 phone or set an iTunes song as your S3 ringtone, you will find the iTunes music cannot be directly added to the phone. It is because the songs purchased from iTunes store have DRM on them. You will need to find a DRM removal tool to help you get the iTunes music DRM free and converted to plain MP3 files first.

In this blog, I have shared with you the way to remove DRM from iTunes music and convert iTunes music to mp3. Below are the links:

How to convert iTunes music to MP3 on Windows

How to convert m4p to mp3 on Mac

Since Samsung Galaxy S III is an Android smartphone, you may find the following posts helpful:

How to sync iTunes music with Android phone

Sync iTunes music to Android phone in Mac OS X with WinAmp

How to transfer iTunes music and video to Galaxy Nexus

Transfer iTunes songs to non-Apple music player or mobile phone

Middleman Syncs Virtually Any Device with iTunes on a Mac

TuneClone Review from

Several years ago, I had an mp3 audio device that did not support iTunes m4a program. I spent a substantial amount of time going through my entire iTunes library and manually converting all m4a files to mp3 (thank God I didn’t have as much music as I do now, or the task would have just been impossible).

TuneClone Review

TuneClone Review

If only I had had access to TuneClone back then, I could have done the entire library by batch and just let it run on its own. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, TuneClone is the program for you. Although there are no flashy extra features, TuneClone comes with exactly what you need for the most convenient audio conversion possible. When you convert your files, they retain all their old data(artist/album name etc) and are playable on any format that plays mp3s.

The process is simple: choose your filenames/filepath/bitrate in TuneClone, then go into iTunes and create a playlist with the files you want to convert. Select the playlist and burn it, then choose TuneClone as your disc burner and watch it go. Verdict:

For those who need to run their audio files in a different setting than iTunes, and especially those who need to convert many files at once, TuneClone is the way to go.


Batch conversion setting
Convenient and time-saving


Duplicate files can be a burden on hard-disk space

Get All Your iTunes Music Transferred to Non-Apple Devices with TuneClone

Years ago, one of my friends sent me an iPod Touch as a birthday present. From then on, I have been using this iTouch as a music player, appreciating its high quality of audio playback very much. Every month, I’d like to budget a few songs on iTunes Store. Till now there have been nearly 2000 songs downloaded to my iTunes music library.

Recently, I got a 16GB Sony Walkman MP3 and wanted to switch all the songs from my iPod Touch to this brand new device. The songs occupied too much capacity of the iPod Touch and there was little space left for installing iOS apps. So I decided to use the Walkman as my music player and use the iPod Touch for great and interesting apps from the App Store.

Here came my headache! Unlike other common MP3 files stored in my computer, the purchased iTunes songs could not be copied to my Walkman MP3 via USB cable. What should I do? Since I had paid nearly 2000*$0.99 for these songs, why couldn’t I use them on another device of mine? Did I have to purchase all of them once again? I wouldn’t do that!

I asked my friends for help. One of them suggested that I first burn the songs onto a CD disc in iTunes and then rip it back as MP3 files. Then I would be able to import the destination MP3 songs into my Walkman. I gave up this advice as there were about 2000 songs needed to be burnt. It would be a very lengthy process. Besides, I needed to purchase nearly 100 CD discs first, since each disc could hold about 20 songs (about 79 minutes) only. I wouldn’t do that either!

Another friend provided me with another way. That was, I could select all the songs in my iTunes library, right click and then click “Create MP3 Version” to convert all music to MP3. I did try this method, but it turned out that hundreds of songs were not converted. This really messed up my iTunes library. I had to check which songs were converted and which were not. Without any hesitation, I sorted the songs by Date and trashed all the newly generated MP3 files from the library.

What was reason why some songs could be converted while others not? After searching the Internet, I found that all the songs that could be converted were actually iTunes Plus music. The songs unable to be converted were protected by Apple DRM.

While most downloaded files initially included restrictions on their use, enforced by FairPlay, Apple’s implementation of digital rights management, iTunes later initiated a shift into selling DRM-free music in most countries, marketed as iTunes Plus. On January 6, 2009, Apple announced that DRM had been removed from 80% of the entire music catalog in the U.S. Full iTunes Plus availability was achieved on April 7, 2009 in the U.S., coinciding with the introduction of a three-tiered pricing model; however, television episodes, many books, and films are still FairPlay-protected.

That is to say, the Create MP3 Version method can only be used to convert iTunes Plus music. I still had to find a way to convert the songs with DRM. To my delight, the software TuneClone attracted my attention and helped me in the end. This $34.95 TuneClone Audio Converter was very clever in that it installed a virtual CD-ROM drive on my PC, letting me remove the DRM element without having to waste actual CD’s.

Transfer iTunes Music to Non-Apple Devices with TuneClone

Transfer iTunes Music to Non-Apple Devices with TuneClone

Thanks to TuneClone, I was finally able to switch all the iTunes music from my iPod Touch to my Walkman. Apart from that, I would feel free to use my legally purchased songs without any restriction thence. And I’d like to say it is well worth the $34.95 if you have a large library of iTunes songs needed to be transferred.


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