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Alternatives to iTunes?

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legomaniac Calculating status...
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Feb 12, 2013 12:44 PM

Being on an iTunes/Mac forum, I understand that I might be barking up the wrong tree, but I'm going to ask anyway:


I hate iTunes11 with a passion.  Last week (for unrelated reasons), I had to install a new hard drive, and I'm looking at this as a way to have a fresh start, and I'd like that fresh start to be iTunes-free.


I own an iPod Touch (4th gen) and an iPad (1st gen), and I like both of these devices (and I'm not interested in upgrading either of them).  Are there any non-iTunes music management programs that I can use to sync both of these devices on my Windows 7 laptop?  I have heard that WinAmp 2.0 might work, but I haven't found any confirmation of that on their website.  Someone else mentioned a program called Media Monkey, which I've never heard of.


Anyway, all I want to do is to have a player for my computer, and something that I can use to sync these two i-devices.  Does anyone know anything that I can use instead of iTunes?


Thanks for your help!

Windows 7
  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,915 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 1:12 PM (in response to legomaniac)
    • iTunes has been designed specifically to work with iPods and iPads. Nothing else has.
    • Why would you not want to use a programme that has been especially written to go with the devices you've spent so much money on? That makes no sense.
    • Do you have specific issues with iTunes? If so, what are they?


    Edit, after discovering that this is your second thread on the same subject:

    • Why would you create a second thread?
  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,915 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:10 AM (in response to legomaniac)

    I obviously missed your December thread. (That's what happens when there are too many stupid threads to wade through.)


    If you head back to the "Various iTunes Questions" that you asked ( I'll try and address some of them.  


    For what it's worth;


    legomaniac wrote:


    ... I find iTunes to be a clumsy, bloated piece of software.

    Actually, it's a very complex piece of software with enough options in it that no one need go anywhere else. It does however, mean that you are bound to find fields and options that you never use. They can be hidden, turned off and ignored.



    And no, I don't know of any other programme that can be used for synchronising with an iPod.

  • Iain Macgranthin Calculating status...
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:42 AM (in response to the fiend)

    I too will check back.


    I recently have a situation where iTunes will crash every time I try to connect to a device, but is fine when I log in as a different user.

    I have tried creating a new library - no success.

    I have reinstalled iTunes after zapping it. No.

    I had hard drive problems, so...

    I have recovered time machine to entirely replace the hard disk with a new one, and then tried again. Nopes.


    So I really think an alternative for sticky situations like this would suit me too, at least until I find time to figure out what next to do with my user account on this mac which has been made a problem JUST BECAUSE my itunes app crashes whenever I try to connect.


    For now my workaround is to be someone else...

  • DrJeff_92677 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to Iain Macgranthin)

    Check out Media Monkey (it's free) and if you like it, the upgrade to Media Monkey Gold is reasonable.


    Wondershare "Mobile Go" looks interesting. They have a free trial. I've used other Wondershare programs and they are very good.

    Easily Transfer Anything on iPhone, iPod or iPad to iTunes, Your PC & Back

    Do what iTunes can't!  Effortlessly manage your iDevice with MobileGo for iOS.

    • Transfer songs, videos, playlists, iTunes U, Podcasts to & from Your PC/iTunes
    • Copy photos & albums to/from Your PC & iDevice
    • Manage iPhone contacts:  Import, export, remove duplicates & sync with  Outlook
    • Load your iDevice with music and video incompatible with iTunes
    • 100% compatible with iPhone 5, 4S, iPod touch 5, iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPad mini, The New iPad, & more!


    For APPLE users here's a list of APPs -- some free

  • DaveT4287 Calculating status...
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    Mar 19, 2014 5:24 PM (in response to legomaniac)

    I agree with Lego.  I have been given a way too expensive Ipod for Christmas and I absolutely hate the thing.  Besides it have a lousy 8 hr battery it constantly goes into a restore loop and can't be used for days.  Just as frustrating is it will come out of the loop on it's own, but days later.  Like I said, I hate this thing!!

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,915 points)
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    Mar 20, 2014 1:44 AM (in response to DaveT4287)

    DaveT4287 wrote:


    I agree with Lego.  I have been given a way too expensive Ipod for Christmas and I absolutely hate the thing.

    Option 1.

    Show your complete and total ingratitude towards the person who apparently thinks so much of you that he/she so thoughtfully and generously gave you such an expensive and sophisticated present by;

    • throwing it away
    • giving it away
    • leaving outside on the street with a note saying "I hate this thing, will some more appreciative soul take it away and give it a good home please?" (Please is optional if you are that ungrateful.)


    Option 2.

    Go and read the post linked above ( ) and see if anything  in it helps you. (I'm not going to hold my breath.)


    Option 3.

    Ask, in a polite manner, how to get the best out of iTunes and the iPod, instead of trying to pick a fight.


    To be considered when using options 1, 2 or 3.

    Finally, no matter what else you choose to do, remember this; this forum is here to help people find out how to get the best from their iPods. It is a user-to-user forum and despite the minimal presence of Apple staff as Community Specialists, Apple are not particularly interested in your approach and it is therefoe a waste of your time to use it. Furthermore, those of us here who give their time (for free) to help people like you are likely to be offended by your approach and therefore ignore your posts.


    It's not as if you are a new member here. You have been a member of this community long enough now to know how to get the best out of this foum.


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