Currently you can do this through a number of services including the Amazon MP3 store/application. You can also use the iTunes’s DoubleTwist app, which is used to sync music on both the computer and phone. If you want to keep using iTunes and just want a way to sync playlists with your phone, it may be worth looking at iSyncr and mSpot. Future Android” releases look set include access to Google Music, an Android user’s equivalent to Apple’s iTunes Store, which Google” is hoping will help further narrow the gap between the two platforms.

DoubleTwist is probably the best option for an integrated media player if you’re migrating over from iTunes and want a similar kind of experience.

Yes, as long as you use a legal store like Amazon. As for importing CDs and DVDs, the law is, surprisingly, still a bit of a grey area in many countries, but in practice no one objects to people “ripping” their own discs for personal use. What could theoretically put you on the wrong side of the law is downloading copyrighted material that you haven’t acquired legitimately — and, of course, distributing copyrighted material to other people. A huge amount of music is shared illegally using peer-to-peer applications such as Soulseek, BitTorrent clients like Vuze or uTorrent, and more recently from services like Rapidshare.com and Hotfile.com. With millions of people taking part, it seems impossible that everyone will get prosecuted, though there have been a few token cases on either side of the Atlantic. With new legislation, such as the UK’s Digital Economy Bill and similar laws, being implemented around the globe, it seems that all but the most hardened filesharers will become discouraged from engaging in such activities for fear of having their Internet connection cut off.

I’ve bought several Kindle eBooks from Amazon… can I read them on my phone?

Yes, you can, with Amazon’s Kindle app, free to download from the Android Market”. The app syncs seamlessly with Amazon so that all your Kindle titles are available to read on your phone. Borders has a similar app called Kobo for accessing its two-million-strong eBook library.

What about other eBook formats?

There are a whole bunch of other “reader” apps, including iReader, FBReader, Aldiko and Laputa, for reading non-DRM-encoded files in various formats including ePub, oeb and fb2 files.

What’s this DRM thing you keep referring to?

DRM (digital rights management) is the practice of embedding special code in audio, video or eBook files in order to limit what the end user can do with those files. Some stores and distributors embed DRM into all their wares to prevent them being shared or played using anything other than their own proprietary software.