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Transfer music from iPod to Droid

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid' started by prmamidedos, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. prmamidedos
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    I want to put some of my music on my Droid. I transferred the files to my SD card and put them in a folder labeled "music" but when I go to the Music widget, it says there aren't any files available:icon_evil:. How can I get them to show up?
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    Make sure files are mp3. Apple's m4a format won't be recognized.
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    Hmm really? Maybe there are some that don't play, but I have m4a's (from iTunes) on my Droid that play just fine.

    Code:
    luser@mbp:[ttys000]/Volumes/DROID/Tunez/Within Temptation/The Heart of Everything (Bonus Track Version)$ file *
    01 The Howling.m4a:                      ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    02 What Have You Done (Edit).m4a:        ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    03 Frozen.m4a:                           ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    04 Our Solemn Hour.m4a:                  ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    05 The Heart of Everything.m4a:          ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    06 Hand of Sorrow.m4a:                   ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    07 The Cross.m4a:                        ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    08 Final Destination.m4a:                ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    09 All I Need.m4a:                       ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    10 Stand My Ground.m4a:                  ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    11 The Truth Beneath the Rose.m4a:       ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    12 Forgiven.m4a:                         ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    13 What Have You Done (Bonus Track).m4a: ISO Media, MPEG v4 system, iTunes AAC-LC
    
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    *.m4p ("protected" m4a files) will not be playable. I copied a few of these over to my Droid and renamed them to .m4a and although that show up in the song list the format is not recognized.

    I also have a few custom ringtones from iTunes (*.m4r files) that I copied to the Droid and renamed to .m4a file types. They show up in ringtone lists but also do not play.

    Bummer.
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    Your solution is to back away from iTunes and their protected files completely, or find a PC app that can decrypt them.

    It is a shame that downloaded MP3 files for free on p2p programs are easier to deal with than paid music from iTunes.

    I really don't like how apple forces the iTunes store to sync music with their devices. It makes everything a huge pain in the ass when you deal with every other standard MP3 player.

    The easiest solution for you, is to redownload your music as MP3 files from a free source like limewire. You can then easily drag and drop the files onto your droid memory card and you'll be set.
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    how do you customize your ringtones? by js setting a song from your music playlist or do you have an app that lets you select which part of the song you want?
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    For the iPhone :iphone: it is easily done from iTunes:
    1) Find any m4a format song in your library.
    2) Get info on the song and from the dialog box set the start and end time. I believe the maximum is 40 seconds for a ringtone
    3) Now make a copy of the song in iTunes, the file size should be much smaller
    4) Drag the copy out the desktop, change the suffix to .m4r, then drag back to iTunes. iTunes will put it in the ringtones folder.
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    The DROID can set ringtones from the media section of the phone, where your music/sounds are. You can always drag and drop files to the DROID memory card. I'm not sure what all you can save through message attachments on the phone, but with the Handcent SMS messaging app (which i consider a huge improvement over the original message feature on the phone) you can hold your finger on the side of a message and save audio/video/pic attachments and everything. The app also has an option to pull all the attachments out of all your messages and save them at once, which is really nice.

    So my suggestion: Drag and drop from PC, or use Handcent SMS as your text messaging app and you can easily save the attachments you get.

    RingDroid is an app that lets you cut up audio files on the phone (to make them short for ringtones, etc).

    Experiment with these methods and im sure you can get your ringtones and such just like you want. I already have a custom ringtone set on my phone using the Handcent SMS method.

    If you want to sync your itunes music with the droid, I hear that a pc program or phone app called DoubleTwist will let you do this.

    hope some of this helps, good luck.
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    Hay all,

    I know I buy both drm free and drm music from Itunes. It seems to me I have not yet had a problem with my music playing on my Droid, Podcast as well. I believe this my be because of the program I am using to sync the moto droid with Itunes. It is a great program, works very well, and the basic version is free. It is call media sync @ Salling Software - Home works on pc and mac

    I use Rings Extended to tie music to ringtones. Works well also
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    Ringdroid is a great app for ringtones. Highly rated and easy to use.
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    Looks like Apple would have learned their lesson. They had a majority of the early PC market but would not let anyone else use their operating system. So we ended up with MS BS OS. If Apple had licensed this OS to others they would probably be in the postion of MS.
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    I use 2 programs and then found one could do it all. I downloaded Motorola's MediaLink, and then realized the DRM protection on itunes files would not be converted, so I downloaded Daniusoft converter Pro. Daniusoft has a DRM finder tool, it finds all your DRM files, allows you to convert them to a path and format of your choosing. Then all you have to do drop them over onto your Droid. Works for video and music (pro version) both programs are about $30. Well worth it.
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    A workaround method is to burn a CD from iTunes, then rip the CD to MP3 files.
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    Could you do this by burning a data cd?
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2010
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    I tried burning a CD from iTunes and selected MP3 format, but it wouldn't work. Haven't tried burning a data CD, but it would be in MP4 format.
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    They are probably m4p files

    They may be m4p files. If you want to play them on the Droid, you'll need to go to the iTunes Music Store and upgrade the songs to iTunes Plus format, which has no DRM.

    Before you go *****ing about iTunes DRM, the iTunes Music store is the only music store that lets you upgrade your music from DRM to non-DRM music for a fee.

    When Walmart and Microsoft converted to non-DRM they left you high and dry.

    Every single song you buy on iTunes now is DRM free, so anything you buy from iTunes will play on the Droid.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2010
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    That's great! I just checked it out but i wish i didnt have so many protected songs. 30 cents a song adds up!
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    You can also buy software that removes DRM from song files. That is an alternative to paying for the itunes premium service the other guy described.

    Personally I think its cheaper and more flexible to just buy some software that removes the DRM, than pay itunes (i don't know if itunes charges you to unlock each song or if its a one time fee or whatnot, but yeah you get the idea...)

    Because I don't believe in paying a company for something I already bought.
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    The difference here is that the protected file are 128Kbps AAC M4P files you would convert to M4A through some software. If you pay the $0.30 per track, you get upgraded to a 256Kbps M4A AAC files. So, for $0.30 you're actually getting a better quality file.

    Plus out of all the music stores out there that went from DRMed to non-DRMed content, iTunes is the only one that allowed you to upgrade your songs for a fee. The other two that come to mind, Walmart and MSN Music, shut their DRM servers down and left consumers high and dry.

    Say what you will about the iTunes/iPod/iPhone lock in, but when it came time to remove DRM, I think Apple did it right. Obviously, the better option would have been a free upgrade, but a small fee is better than losing you music.

    Andy
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    I've tried manually dragging & dropping the files to my Droid, and I've tried DoubleTwist, but had problems with both methods. Mainly workflow problems, not technical. I want to keep iTunes as the main source for managing my music, podcasts (audio & video), and playlists, because my household also has two iPods that need to be synced.

    This week I tried Motorola Mobile Link (MML), and it's not great by any means, but at least it syncs with iTunes. The biggest problem that I've had is that after I synch, the songs on playlists in the Droid aren't in the same order as they were in the same playlist on iTunes. I was puzzled, because the songs weren't even listed aphabetically by song title, artist, or album. Actually, the playlists seemed to consist of multiple groups of songs where songs were listed alphabetical by title within each group. Last night I figured that the problem is with the Droid. It sorts songs in a synced playlist alphabetically by file name (not by song title). My iTunes is set up to list the track number first, then the song title in the file name. Therefore, all songs that were track #1 on their respective albums/singles were all sorted alphabetically, then all songs that were track #2 on their albums were listed alphabetically, and so on.

    As a side note, several people, myself included, have had problems where the sync process freezes up. I think it has something to do with the Screen Timemout setting in the Droid. I had the problem with DoubleTwist and MML. When I sync I enable the option to leave the screen on when charging (from apps>development menu), disable unlock pattern, and set the longest screen timout setting. I remember "Never" used to be in the list of options for the screen timout setting. Now the maximum time you can select from the list is 30 minutes. I get the lockup problem around that 30 minute mark, so that's why I think this setting has sometthing to do with the problem. The only times I've gone beyond 30 minutes for synching is when I initially import lots of data (1000+ music & movie files). After that, regular syncing takes just a few minutes and I don't experience the lock-up problem.

    Another weird thing I noticed. DoubleTwist put my songs in a folder called "Music" on the SD card's root and Videos in a folder called "Videos" also on the SD card's root. When I tried MML, it created a folder called "mobile" in the root that included subfolders called "mml", "music", "picture", and "video". It didn't recognize that I already had most of my music files in the "Music" root folder created by DT; it copied the files from my PC to the new destination on the Droid. I deleted the duplicates that were in the original file created by DT. Another thing, rather than copying music to "mobile/music", it copied all tracks to "mobile/mml/iTunes". Also, it put all the songs in that folder, rather than using the Artist/Album directory structure that I have on my PC and that DoubleTwist retained in the "Music" folder. When MML copied my videos to the "mobile/videos" folder, it does have subfolders for each video podcast, and within those folders are the individual episode videos.
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