The iPod isn't the only MP3 player in the world, but it may be the most convenient. Although some people prefer third party media players, Apple's devices have the bonus of being able to sync to iTunes.

Having such an enormous selection of music, books and movies to buy and download makes iTunes a very popular option for all your entertainment needs, but it's designed for use with iPods, iPads and iPhones. If your MP3 player isn't an Apple can you still get a bite at iTunes' fruit, or is it sour grapes for you?

The Knowhow


  • 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

Other options:

  • 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.

Updated On:

Nov 21, 2011

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