- iTunes is only directly compatible with Apple's range of products
- Non-Apple devices may still be able to play files purchased on iTunes
- iTunes stores files in the MPEG-4 AAC format. Your device's instruction book will tell you if it can play this format
- You can convert songs to other formats within iTunes. For more information, follow the link to Apple's website below:
- Older iTunes files may need to be upgraded to the iTunes Plus format before they can be used on other devices.
- These files will be shown on the Upgrade To iTunes Plus section of iTunes.
- iTunes doesn't sync with non-apple devices
- Your device may have its own software for synching
Programs such as Windows Media Player can sync to MP3 players
- You will need to add the iTunes library to Windows Media Player so it can sync the files to your device.
- Open Windows Media Player
- Click Library
- Select Add to Library
- Choose Add
- In the box that appears, navigate to and select your iTunes folder, then click OK. Click OK again in the main box to finalise the selection.
- The iTunes library is often stored in the My Documents / My Music folder
- There are various third-party applications that will allow you to directly sync to non-apple products from within iTunes
- iTunes Agent for PC and iTuneMyWalkman for Mac are two free examples
- The software's website will give you full instructions and details of any other downloads you may need to make
- Please note these programs are third party add-ons and are not made or supported by Apple
- These are unofficial programs, so you use them at your own risk
- Make sure you have backed up your music library before running these add-ons
Even if you have to use a different package to get to the goodies you've downloaded through iTunes, most devices will be able to play the files you've bought. It's like using a ladder - a couple of small steps and the apples are in your grasp.
Always refer to the manufacturer's manual for specific details.