Transfer iTunes Music to a Zune

Posted by Rob Rogers in Zune

If you have moved from Apple’s iPod to Microsoft’s Zune, you probably have some songs that you purchased from the iTunes Music Store that you would like to move to the new device. You will run into a hurdle if you try to transfer the files directly as Apple’s copy protection prevents the song from playing on another device. There is a workaround to this however…

1. Create a new playlist in iTunes.

2. Add the protected songs to your playlist until you have 72 minutes of music.

3. Click Edit and select Preferences.

4. Select the Advanced tab.

5. Click the radio button next to Audio CD on the Burning tab.

6. Click the Burn Disc button.

7. Upon completion of burning the disc, rip the songs to MP3 using Windows Media Player.

8. Open the Zune software and sync the newly created MP3′s to your Zune device.


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15 Responses to “Transfer iTunes Music to a Zune”

  1. December 26, 2008 at 1:47 am, David said:

    In step 5 of Transfer iTunes music to Zune, there is no radio button, Audio CD or Burning tab. Where to from Here?


    • March 21, 2010 at 12:35 am, Anonymous said:

      right click on the playlist and click burn playlist to disk.


  2. December 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm, d1g1taLph3r3t said:

    This is a good work around but you end up wasting music CDRs unless you plan on keeping them but why? You already have an MP3 player to store your songs.


  3. January 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm, rob said:

    so, use CD-RWs.


  4. January 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm, Sam said:

    Burn them to a virtual drive :)


  5. February 25, 2009 at 8:20 am, jarry said:

    It may waste a lot of CDs,and cost a lot of time.

    I use wondershare media converter instead of it.


  6. April 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm, C said:



  7. June 22, 2009 at 4:46 am, donnie said:

    what if you want to transfer from a zune to an Ipod?


    • August 06, 2011 at 10:43 pm, iTunes to Zune said:

      The sameĀ  as itunes to zune, burn music to CD


  8. February 07, 2010 at 11:40 pm, nab said:

    whats the format on itunes that u need to convert to mp3 on media player. how can i make mp3 to aac with out converters? [just using the media player or itunes]


  9. June 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm, Rickay said:

    or u could just say burn a cd then add to zune software jesus why make things so complicated


  10. September 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm, Kasimo011 said:

    I really appreciate communities that are this impactful on the projects.


  11. November 22, 2010 at 12:20 am, Statikleader said:

    just us a CD-RW you can keep using it


  12. December 28, 2010 at 2:55 am, Sew_what said:

    i backed up the entire iTunes library on a mac and used a single dvd. How do I get this music to load onto the Zune software? No wonder i can’t stand microsoft products.


  13. February 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm, Lindsay said:

    Don’t forget to get a good quality CD-RW, you won’t regret it.


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