How to use iTunes with the HTC Desire

thewaltman By thewaltman, 18th Apr 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ygc3dco/
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Here's a quick guide to using your HTC Desire phone with your existing iTunes music collection.

An Android and iTunes synch guide

My new shiney HTC Desire phone is about as funky as a new toy gets... but one issue was how to use my existing iTunes playlists with the Android phone.

Most people have hundreds, if not thousands, of songs loaded into iTunes and organised into playlists, and the thought of starting again is not a happy place to be.

The bad news is that you cannot just plug your Desire into your computer and use it with iTunes... the good news is there is a simple way to make iTunes work with the HTC handset.

iTunes Sync - synchronize your playlists onto Android phones

iTunes Sync is a freeware application from BinaryFortress that allows you to sync your existing iTunes playlists onto any MP3 player - which means your HTC Desire.

Basically, this software allows you to continue to use iTunes to manage your songs and playlists, and then sync these onto your HTC Desire.

How to sync iTunes onto your HTC Desire

A quick download of under 500kb, iTunes Sync is easy to install. The first time you run the software you'll be able to add your HTC Desire as a new MP3 player, choose a directory on your Desire's SD card to use for your library and then allocate a playlist to sync. Once running, you'll see an icon in your system tray.

Each time you plug your Desire into your computer and connect as a disk drive, it will recognise your phone and give you the option to sync your playlist. The first time I synched, I copied over 500+ songs in less than 10 minutes - and this included songs bought on iTunes as well as those I'd uploaded via CD.

On subsequent occasions, any changes to your iTunes library can be mirrored to your Desire with just one click. Neat tip - if you want to sync multiple playlists, just create a new playlist in iTunes that itself contains your chosen playlists.

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Desire, Htc, Htc Desire, Itunes, Library, Mp3, Mp3 Player, Music, Sync

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author avatar Phil
19th Apr 2010 (#)

Great stuff works great, had a com error but the site had the fix. 80 files moved in 2 mins

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author avatar Harry
28th Apr 2010 (#)

It downloads the files ok, but the actual playlists themselves do not show up in the Desire music player playlist section :(
How do I get my actual playlist, with the tracks in order etc on the Desire?

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author avatar Thewaltman
28th Apr 2010 (#)

Hi Harry,

Reading here:
http://www.binaryfortress.com/Forum/index.php?topic=630.0

it looks like the playlists themselves are not actually imported, just the tracks they contain.

However, also sounds like the next version may support multiple playlists and so perhaps what you'd like to see...

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author avatar Jahnni B
16th Jun 2010 (#)

Can someone please help me find a solution for mac? As I can c, itunes Sync only works with windows

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author avatar Chief Nut
25th Jun 2010 (#)

Hi Jahnni

Just spotted this as an option for user who want to sync iTunes with the HTC but from a Mac computer:

http://www.salling.com/MediaSync/Mac/

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author avatar Meg
27th Aug 2010 (#)

I wondered the same thing (I just got a Desire and have a Macbook Pro with itunes) and ended up finding iTuneMyWalkman.
You have to fiddle with preferences to get it perfectly the way you want, but seems to work fine for my purposes. Downloads the songs from the itunes playlists I want and syncs automatically now.
Remember to set phone connection to disk drive (settings, connect to pc, connection type) and when the prompt comes up on computer from iTuneMyWalkman, go to edit preferences, change path and create a folder (like music) for the songs to be downloaded to.

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author avatar Trex
27th Feb 2011 (#)

yes this tip was good
itunemywalkman (weird name)
is a very functional program. I recommend it... now I just have to follow "dave's" advice -8 commments below to get the album art.

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author avatar Nick
22nd Sep 2010 (#)

THANK YOUUUUUU!!!!

been searching for THAT app for so long.

Mac > HTC Desire. Simples.

x

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author avatar Sam Wormleighton
25th Jun 2010 (#)

I also have an HTC desire.. but why are you using itunes? Been drinking the apple koolaid again?

sigh.

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author avatar Chris
26th Jun 2010 (#)

Does this sync playcounts as well?

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author avatar Glynis e
5th Jul 2010 (#)

I am trying to sync my HTC Desire with itunes but I only managed to copy one song. Cannot sync please can someone help. Thanks

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author avatar Debbie
14th Jul 2010 (#)

i am trying to sync my htc desire to itunes with no sucsess can you please help me. have downloaded itunes sync, but sm obviously dong something wrong.

many thanks

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author avatar thewaltman
14th Jul 2010 (#)

Have you followed all the steps on:
http://www.binaryfortress.com/itunes-sync/help/

?

Missing any of the steps could cause problems, so walk through them one at a time.

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author avatar Deen
15th Jul 2010 (#)

Works great. I have covers for every album in iTunes but my desire shows not even 10% of them. Do you know how to fix it? I would be glad about an early answer, that shit drives me crazy. :)
Thank you

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author avatar Dave
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

Hey Deen, if you want the artwork in itunes to show up on your htc desire the easiest way is to install the embed artwork script below. Then all you do is go into itunes highlight the songs in an album and click the script icon that will appear in the itunes toolbar when you've installed the script. The script then embeds the artwork into the song file itself permanently rather than hosting the artwork in a separate folder.

http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=embedart

let me know if you have any probs...

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author avatar Deen
24th Jul 2010 (#)

That's what I've been looking for, but I'm running Windows. Do you know a similiar addon, plug-in or something, that writes iTunes covers into the id-tag?

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author avatar Trex
27th Feb 2011 (#)

Hi Dave, I would like to do this... but I don't understand your instructions. "click the script icon that will appear in the itunes toolbar when you've installed the script" -How do Install the script? I don't get it. Can you help?

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author avatar Deen
18th Jul 2010 (#)

Hi, I still have the same problem. Some albums do have covers, other ones not. It's a bit weird and I don't know how to tell iTunes Sync that it has to copy also the iTunes covers.

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author avatar Jill
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

I have managed to sync my htc with itunes but has only managed to bring a few, why ? how can I get them all????

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author avatar Deen
23rd Jul 2010 (#)

Have you added all the tracks to the synced playlist?

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author avatar Daniel
25th Jul 2010 (#)

I believe you may have apples lossless format in itunes that won't copy over without converting... apple lossless cannot be played by other mps players outside ipods

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author avatar Chum41
26th Sep 2010 (#)

Yeah good stuff once you figure it out thank god it works!

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author avatar Donna
19th Oct 2010 (#)

Hello,
I've just purchased a HTC Desire and want to download music to my phone. I don't have an itunes account so was wondering if there was another music download I could use, or is opening an itunes account the easiest option ??
Would be grateful for any help.
Many thanks.

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author avatar Fabio
6th Nov 2010 (#)

Hi, I just bought HTC desire phone and want to download song but don't have any idea to do it. Can anyone pls help me on how I go about it? Many thanks.

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21st Apr 2011 (#)

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21st Apr 2011 (#)

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author avatar Thiago
11th Nov 2010 (#)

The new HTC Sync Version 3.0.5481
on windows has an inbuilt function where it can sync iTunes and Media Player playlists
:)

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author avatar Natalie
13th Nov 2010 (#)

I've got the new one Thiago - and I did eventually get it to sync. HOWEVER, it missed some albums and I didn't get the covers for any. That said, this iSync software also misses the album covers as well. I too tried to download the embed art thing - but also have windows. So a bit stuck really and not too pleased either :-(

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author avatar Brad
19th Nov 2010 (#)

When i tell it to synchronize Itunes Sync is asking me to select a drive but it wont give me any options to pick from. Can anyone give me an idea what i might have forgotten to do?

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author avatar Brmills@gmx.com
6th Jan 2011 (#)

mine does the same thing!!!

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author avatar James
20th Nov 2010 (#)

Yeah, this DOESN'T WORK. No playlists showing. Multiple parsing errors. Unhandled exceptions errors. A pile of junk this one, don't bother.

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author avatar Kelvin
14th Dec 2010 (#)

im lost, is there any way to download my music from my apple computer to my HTC Droid phone. plzzzzzz help

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author avatar Brittany
6th Jan 2011 (#)

Hey guys, much needed help.. Did yal's try to instal the ADB device first.. mine has been searching for that for a looooong time before I can even try to sync my tunes :(

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author avatar Sarah
26th Jan 2011 (#)

I've configured my MP3 player and then when I go to Synchronize it won't let me select a drive. What am I doing wrong?

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author avatar Juli
12th Feb 2011 (#)

Does the album artwork and album info. also get transferred when you use this app?

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author avatar Andy
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Got it love it. Easy to use does exactly what it says.

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author avatar Uhurglia urlg
9th Nov 2011 (#)

You can't "use iTunes with the HTC Desire"; misleading title.

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author avatar May
18th Jan 2012 (#)

I installed the program and ran it. I got the option to configure MP3 players, but there were no options to choose from there. Even if my HTC was connected as a disk drive. What did I do wrong since my phone disn't show up as an option at ''iTunes Sync: Configure MP3 players''?

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author avatar May
18th Jan 2012 (#)

got it...

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