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Samsung Offers UK Users App to Transfer iPhone Data

If you're leaving one smartphone platform for another, moving all your data across can be a real pain. However, Samsung is hoping to make things easier for customers ditching Apple's iPhone for one of its Galaxy devices.

Crave today reports that Samsung is offering anyone purchasing a Galaxy device in the UK a free application that will transfer their data from their iPhone to their new device. Dubbed Easy Phone Sync, the application aids in the transfer of contacts, messages, photos, and DRM-free music and videos from an iPhone or iPad. The application uses iTunes back-up to copy over your messages, contacts, photos and video, and will take your podcasts, music and playlists from iTunes.

"We know that traditionally iPhone users have been reluctant to switch to an Android device because they couldn't use iTunes to manage their content," Samsung explained.

The application works in two parts, with one running on your Galaxy device, and downloadable from the Google Play Store. The second part runs on your PC or Mac computer and is available from http://easyphonesync.com. Once you have the app running, you can continue to use iTunes to manage your media.

The app is developed by Media Mushroom. The Google Play Store currently lists a second version, called Easy Phone Tunes, which appears to only sync music but is available outside of the UK and on non-Galaxy Android devices. There's also Easy Phone Tunes Plus, which syncs music, album art, podcasts, and multiple playlists.

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  • christarp
    It's almost funny to see how much samsung is trying to get people to switch. At this point it seems like it's out of desperation. From the iphone bashing comercials to this, samsung really wants apple out of the equation, but they play well with everyone else.
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  • house70
    I could see the usefulness of this, except the part where you continue to run iTunes on the PC. If anything, I would prefer to get rid of iTunes altogether, but I guess a lot of people are still using it. I hope the software gives one the option to remove iTunes from the equation. I am not in UK, I can not test it, and besides I kept away from iTunes. The only iThing I have is an old gen iPod, which I had to fix myself a couple of times (so much for 'it just works' - replaced battery, HDD, clickwheel) and I still have that only for the size of storage (currently 128 Gb SDD-type media).
    christarpIt's almost funny to see how much samsung is trying to get people to switch. At this point it seems like it's out of desperation. From the iphone bashing comercials to this, samsung really wants apple out of the equation, but they play well with everyone else.This is an app that gives people options, that's it. It does not force anyone to use it and once it's installed it does not take away other options from the user. This is something rarely - if ever - seen in Apple world: giving people options, instead of defaulting them as morons that need to be told what to do and lead them by hand. Besides, I have a real hard time believing that Samsung would be desperate about anything, as they are a top electronics manufacturer in pretty good shape, AFAIK.
    The bashing commercials trend was launched successfully by "I'm a Mac" series, if you remember, and also if you remember Windows is still dominating. Looks like Apple's desperation didn't really work out in that case, did it?
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  • clivene09
    christarpIt's almost funny to see how much samsung is trying to get people to switch. At this point it seems like it's out of desperation. From the iphone bashing comercials to this, samsung really wants apple out of the equation, but they play well with everyone else.
    I see it differently. To me Apple are the ones that try and prevent choices, and Samsung is trying to give those choices back to people. Its not enough they make a better phone. If Iphone users feel like they are going to lose to much by making the switch, they are going to be REQUIRED to keep buying Apple.
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  • monsta
    Very clever
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  • zetzabre
    Ok, now we have a new sue from Apple.

    Now, seriously, this is something really good for users who want to try a galaxy phone. I'm not an iphone user, but having options is always a good thing. Now, if Apple makes something similar for the galaxy, it would be a good thing too. After all, fair competition is what we costumers want.
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  • jonathan1683
    Wow, I sent Samsung a long email about this issue. I have all i devices and want try switch phones, but I want to be able to access all my content I own in itunes. While this is not exactly what I was looking for at least they are listening. I wanted to get a smart TV, but all my purchases are stored in icloud. I should be legally allowed to access my purchases without owning an idevice. I asked to to pursue legally a back door for non- idevice users to access their content.
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  • rantoc
    I would not be surprised if Apple will be forced to share all the details about Itunes protocols and the like to allow other makers of phones to be able to make clients for it since today its forcing the customers to one brand or loose all media files and that is if anything anti-competitive!
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  • Cy-Kill
    "Samsung is giving UK users free access to an app that will help them make the movie from the iPhone to a Galaxy device."

    Does Tom's not have an editor to check articles over before they are posted to fix mistakes, this has been happening a lot more over the past few months!
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  • Hellbound
    How long until Apple tries to sue over this?
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  • richard694000
    I agree Apple will try to block the app or something in that nature.
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