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Re: How to get music onto Moto X
I thought I'd pipe in, not because I think it helps the OP's specific question (it may, but I don't think so) but because I imagine someone will find this thread in the future and this might help her/him.
This is for someone who likes to use ITunes on their computer to manage their music and then just sync to android devices.
I use ITunes on my computer for my music library. I'm looking for an alternative, but so far, I have everything set up in ITunes with downloaded music, ripped CD, etc. I've got album covers (which I like), certain "permanent" playlists, podcasts, etc. Don't do video, contacts, or anything else.
I have a MotoX and a Samsung Tablet. I like to have about 16 gigs of music on both (have a 16 gig SD card on the Samsung and got the 32 gig MotoX to kind of duplicate that capacity above the 16 gig base MotoX).
So I downloaded ISyncr to both the tablet and the phone and it really works great for syncing the computer's ITunes to the android device. You can then use the music with either the Google music player that comes with the phone, or, I've been using the Rocket Player which is kind of matched with the ISyncr app - both work fine.
It's slightly fussy to set up - you need to install a program on the computer and the app on each device to work as the intermediary between the Itunes software on the computer and the player software on the android - but it should be no problem for an android user.
(editorial: I really wish that there were a single seamless music manager software that would manage music on the computer, rip and/or burn CD's, purchase items from any online music source such as ITunes, Amazon, Google, etc. and plug and play sync to both my IPod and my android devices). Not interested in any cloud-based software or service. I spend a lot of time out of the cloud!!
There are USB and WiFi options. For some reason, I believe the WiFi option is better, but then again, I haven't gone back to exploring the USB option since first installing it. Could have been an erroneous first impression, and I have no idea why they would have different capabilities/features.
Using the "WiFi" option with the Isyncr, you can sync whole albums, individual songs, and playlists. When you start the app on the device, it communicates to the music library on your computer and you can select what you want to sync. After running through an analysis of what you have on your device and what you want to sync, it will tell you if you've exceeded your storage capacity. You can set it up to simply add new items to the ones you already have on the device, or erase anything that isn't selected for the current sync. You can select the items directly on the sync screen, and/or you can tell it to sync only items that are checked in ITunes. The Sync moves any album artwork and other info you have associated with the items in Itunes, so the display on the music player shows the artwork, play counts, sort items, etc. if that's your thing.
My understanding is that you can also sync items you've purchased on your device back to your computer, although I haven't done that yet. Right now, I just use the computer's ITunes to manage my music. Someday (see above) I hope to wean myself from ITunes, but as you know, you're always more comfortable with "the devil you know" rather than the devil you don't know.
Like I said above, I want about 16 gigs on either device so I recently set up a specific "master" playlist on my ITunes with about 16 gigs of music and podcasts on it (of course it could be larger or smaller). I named it "16 Gig Playlist"! From now on, I'll just "maintain and update" that playlist on my computer and then whenever I sync over to the devices, all i have to do is sync that playlist. On the device then, under the artists or albums (etc.) it doesn't show up strictly as a playlist, but all the individual albums, artists, etc. show up as if they'd been sync'd individually. Just fwiw, I also sync other playlists that are made up of those songs in the master playlist, so that I can selectively use those if I want to.
Of course you could do just manual sync'ing, specifically syncing whatever playlists, albums, artists, songs, etc. that you want. You can also make new playlists on the device using it's player, but I haven't really messed with that yet, although I do it all the time on my IPod. I don't know if those playlists will sync back to the computer, but that wouldn't matter to me.
Hope this helps. It reflects info I've received early in my android tablet experience, and what I've muddled through since then.