Your iTunes will sync to your BlackBerry!
There are many people, both iOS users and not, who do not know that their iTunes library will sync with their BlackBerry. If you are purchasing any BlackBerry smartphone, whether it is the latest Z10 or Q10 device or you prefer an OS 6 or 7 device such as the Bold 9900, Curve 9360 etc, iTunes will sync with it. This is a relief to iPhone or iPod users who are looking at buying a BlackBerry but are afraid of losing their iTunes music library.
First of all, to install and then sync to your new BlackBerry OS 7 and below you will need BlackBerry Desktop Manager. This should automatically be triggered to download when you first hook up your new BlackBerry to your PC or Mac. If you prefer to download and explore beforehand, you can download it from http://ca.blackberry.com/software/desktop.html for either PC or Mac. Also see http://ca.blackberry.com/software/desktop/blackberry-media-sync.html . (It notes in the fine print that “BlackBerry Media Sync is compatible with 32-bit editions of Windows® XP Service Pack 2 AND 64 and 32-bit e editions of Windows Vista™ which requires iTunes version 7.7.1 or higher. Not compatible Windows 2000. Mac OS 10.4 and 10.5 require iTunes version 7.7.1 or higher. All applicable charges will still apply for the purchase of music from iTunes.”)
If you have an OS 10 device (Z10 or Q10 at this point), you will need BlackBerry Link instead at http://ca.blackberry.com/software/desktop/blackberry-link.html and these are the instructions on transferring your files from an iPhone to a BlackBerry 10 device: http://ca.blackberry.com/content/dam/blackBerry/pdf/howTo/Switching_from_an_iPhone_to_a_BlackBerry_Z10.pdf When setting up, you will get a choice to either sync with iTunes or Windows Media Player. Choose iTunes, assuming that is your preference.
After initial setup, (Windows) iTunes can be synced by just right clicking on the Music icon when the My Computer tab is checked. Then choose ‘sync’ to transfer files to the Z10. There also were some songs I was not interested in having on my playlist any more so I was glad to be able to get rid of them. 🙂
There are many helpful sites, including BlackBerry Help sites for general or specific information eg http://ca.blackberry.com/support.html and http://ca.blackberry.com/support/smartphones.html and on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/blackberrysupport, as well as many blog sites and @BlackBerryHelp on Twitter https://twitter.com/BlackBerryHelp which have many resources to help.
Enjoy your new BlackBerry! 🙂