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Top 5 Free Alternatives to iTunes

Top 5 Free Alternatives to iTunes

A list of the top 5 free alternatives to rescue you from Apple’s iTunes software.

Apple usually excels at producing products that have are well-designed, simple to use, and high quality. iTunes is black sheep of the family, with its clunky functions and difficult navigation. Although it’s the default software used with Mac computers and iDevices, there are other software packages that organize your music, enable you to download podcasts, and transfer data to an MP3 player or tablet. Here’s a list of free alternatives to iTunes that will save you time, frustration, and make organizing your audio files an enjoyable experience again.

CopyTrans Manager  

CopyTrans Manager is a user-friendly alternative to iTunes specifically for Apple devices. After installing the software on your iPhone, iPod or iPad, you can add music, apps and videos to your device, customize tags and artworks for albums, tracks and other files, and create device playlists. Rather than iTunes’ complicated ‘sync’ feature, you can drag and drop files from folders on your computer straight onto your device. The major drawback of CopyTrans Manager is that it is only compatible with PCs, so Mac users will have to look elsewhere.

Media Monkey 

Media Monkey is desktop software that provides a comprehensive way of storing and organizing your music and video files. It has similar features to the iTunes desktop software, including the ability to import and export music, and download movies, podcasts and music tracks. Convert files to a number of formats, including MP3, OGG, M4A, FLAC and WMA, and create playlists using the software’s “Auto-DJ” and “Party” modes. Media Monkey supports most MP3 players and, if it comes across an unsupported file format, it will convert the file automatically.

Songbird 

Songbird is an application for desktop, Facebook and Android (sorry Apple folks, the developers don’t currently support iPods, iPhones or iPads). The software provides an interactive listening experience, and, as well as storing and playing music, provides information about each track from the web, including concert dates, videos and biographies. Songbird is integrated with 7digital so you can also purchase music directly through the application from your desktop. The Android and Facebook applications enable you to share music suggestions with friends, and create what it calls “personal music connections”.

SharePod

SharePod music management software enables you to share files between your iPod and PC (more apologies Mac users). As well as loading music onto your player, you can also transfer files from your iPod to your computer. The software has all the standard features of a player, including the ability to create playlists and tags. You can export or import music with iTunes, and drag and drop files from your computer onto your device, and vice versa. SharePod’s drawbacks include the fact it doesn’t work with the iPhone 4 or the iPad, and it doesn’t have some of the more advanced features that other programs provide.

DoubleTwist

DoubleTwist looks like iTunes, but without the clutter. Its interface is simple, and it provides all the features of Apple’s maligned entertainment software without the lengthy loading times and over-complex interface. Using DoubleTwist, you can organize music, videos, podcasts and photos. The software does have drawbacks – the mobile software only works with Android cells or tablets – however, it also has a lot of user-friendly features, including the ability to sync wirelessly using AirSync. As well as transferring music from your computer, you can also sync music and podcasts you download from the Android marketplace to your desktop.

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Hannah Clare
Hannah is a freelance writer from London, UK. Having completed a degree in English, she discovered a passion for all things digital, and enjoys nothing more than writing about online communication, marketing and anything Apple-related.When she's not researching the latest app releases or ogling new gadgets, Hannah enjoys writing about personal development, yoga, and exploring the world. | Google Plus
csqnpronto
csqnpronto

Beware - downloading the Double Twist install files. AVG indentifies "Malsign.Opencandy.7AF" virus. I'm not an expert on viruses but AVG seems to take this one seriously??

Supaklown
Supaklown

CopyTrans is AWFUL. 7 different apps that all crash in a slightly different way.

 

Songbird does not support iPods/Phones/Pads so it ISN"T an iTunes alternative is it?

ConnorJay
ConnorJay

Songbird has issues with lag, and closing. I suppose the lag could be due to the size of my music collection, but it shouldn't really lag as much as it does. I ended up deleting it the same day. Every time I tried to use it, I had to go into task manager and force close several times. And yes, half of these programs don't support ipods.

Dafuq
Dafuq

Well seeing as half of these don't support ipod I really wouldn't call them alternatives to itunes. Man I hate having apple products.

AshwinP
AshwinP

Songbird DOES NOT SUPPORT IPODs !!! It used to back in 2007 and CopyTrans is filled with Adware. Please update your article.

SongbirdUser
SongbirdUser

Just FYI : Songbird has a plugin architecture that allows for third party developers to add to it, and there are already device plugins for many media players - among them the iPod (so probably iPhone and maybe iPad too if only for music).It's a very nice app and I've installed it for friends and family as an iTunes alternative if they've had issues with Apple's installer under Windows.

Red_The_Grey
Red_The_Grey

sharepod also has that type of architecture



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