iTunes is definitely not a lightweight application, hence, we’ve compiled a list of best iTunes alternative applications that are either free or open source. They might support only Windows and Android or even Apple. These applications have been revised over and over again in past few years to offer you the best of music sharing experiences. With the help of these software, you can easily copy music files to your iPhones and iPods.
1. Foobar 2000
This is a digital music program for Windows. It works with Windows Vista, 2000, XP and XP 64 bit. The program is compatible with MPC, WAV, WMA, MP1-4, AAC, WavPack, CDDA and AU. Third party development and customizable keyboard shortcuts are also the part of this software.
Winamp helps you listen, manage, watch and sync your music files and it also includes integrated iPod support. If you have Winamp in your system, you don’t really need any other kind of media player in your system.
Amarok includes a wide range of modern features integrated in it like album cover detection, Wikipedia integration, statistics, multiple media devices compatibility, lyrics support, contextual information and Last.fm integration. It is available for pre-compiled binary for various Linux distributions and even the source is available for those who want to come up with their own programs.
4. Share Pod
It is a very common iTunes alternative and is being used worldwide. It comes with many integrated high-end features. The users can create their own library, and directly install this software in iPod or run it directly from their systems. It is available for free download.
5. Froddle Pod
This one might not be as equipped as iTunes but it definitely has the key features used by iPod owners. It can very easily copy from and to an iPod, which is the most important requirement of an iTune alternative. Additionally, it can also have a backup of all the data in your iPod. Music normalization is yet another key feature.
6. CopyTrans Manager
This is a yet again very popular iTunes alternative using which, one can easily transfer iPod data to songs, ratings, PC, play counts, last played etc. Movies, video clips and TV shows are also supported by the software.
This software supports the following features: rips music, shares music, countless plugins, music rating, burn CDs etc. This one again is available as a pre-compiled binary for many Linux distributions and also the open source is available to the users to make their own programs.
This software is built on the firefox platform and works well with iPods and other media players. It has a wide range of features and plenty of add-ons not found in others. The open source makes it more flexible.
This one works with Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It supports iPod, Motorola phones and all other models that support iTunes. The software can be easily integrated to Facebook and Twitter. The drawback is that it does not work with iPod Touch or iPhone.
It is a platform independent GUI for iPod and uses GTK2. It supports all the generations of iPod including iPod Photo, iPod nano, iPod Video, iPod mini and iPod Shuffle. Some of the main features included are the capability to read existing iTunes DB, WAV, M4B, podcast etc.
So, try some of these best iTunes alternative apps, and see what works best for you!
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