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Top 10 Alternatives to iTunes

I have searched the Internet, finding that people who are searching for alternatives to iTunes have different purposes. Some expect the iTunes alternatives to be faster in transferring music to Apple devices. Some wish an intuitive iTunes alternative to manage music and movie libraries. To meet people's requirements, here in this article, both transfer tool alternatives to iTunes and Media player alternatives to iTunes are covered:

Part 1: iTunes Alternatives to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone/iPad/iPod

#1.Simpler & Faster Alternative to iTunes

better music organizer than itunes
  • Layout: simple and clean user interface designed with new colors and icons;
  • Support Windows & Mac: Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) is a perfect alternative to iTunes for Mac OS X; Wondershare TunesGo is an alternative to iTunes for Windows PC.
  • Rank:

Why Choose Wondershare TunesGo

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Makes it free for users to transfer any song from any computer to any iPhone, iPad, & iPod, breaking down iTunes' limitations for sharing songs among computers and devices.
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Support Songs and Videos in 30+ Formats

Supports music and videos in more than 30 formats, helping users to transfer almost any killer song or video from any computer to any iPhone, iPad, and iPod for enjoyment.
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Two-way synchronization – a Complete Solution

iTunes is one-way synchronization tool: from computer to devices. Wondershare TunesGo offers two-way synchronization: from computer to devices & from devices to computers.
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Transfer music and playlists from iPhone, iPod, and iPad back to iTunes Library while filtering out these which have existed in iTunes, giving you a brand new WOW experience.

#2. CopyTrans Manager - A Simple iTunes Alternative

itunes alternative for windows

CopyTrans Manager is known as a free iTunes alternative to manage files on iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It allows users to add music, videos, apps, etc. from a PC to an iPhone without an iTunes. By doing this, users can transfer music from a computer to multiple iPhones, iPods, and iPads without erasing the original data on the devices. However, it's only available for Windows PC. No Mac version is available yet. If you're looking for an alternative to iTunes for Mac OS X, you should try CopyTrans alternative for Mac.

Price: Free
Supported OS: Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP.


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#3. SynciOS - A Free iTunes Alternative

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SynciOS, free alternative to iTunes, offers the common functions that users need to sync music, videos, photos, etc. from a PC to iPhone, iPod, and iPad. During the process of importing songs and videos to device, it will convert the incompatible files to iDevice friendly formats. Besides, it allows users to backup media files, like songs, photos, and videos from iPhone, iPad, and iPod to PC. It's an excellent tool except for lacking the feature of exporting music directly to iTunes Library. Now it only works on Windows PC.

Price: Free ($39.95 for Pro version)
Supported OS: Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP


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Choose the iTunes alternative transfer software that's right for you

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  iTunes CopyTrans Manager SynciOS Wondershare TunesGo
Collect all music, movies and playlists in one place
Import songs from CD
Genius makes mixes of songs that go great together
iTunes Match lets users to share songs on computer and iDevices
iTunes offers thousands of songs and videos to download
Copy music, playlists, videos, and photos from computer to iPhone/iPod/iPad
Play music
Convert audio file and videos to iPhone, iPod, iPad friendly format

Transfer music from iPhone/iPod/iPad to computer

Backup photos, photo albums, and videos from iPhone/iPod/iPad to computer

Create & delete photos and photo albums on iPhone/iPod/iPad
Delete music, videos, Podcasts, iTunes U, Audiobook, and playlists on iPhone/iPod/iPad

Transfer music and playlists from iPhone/iPod/iPad to iTunes Library with playcounts, ratings, and artwork

Transfer playlists (smart playlists included) from iPhone/iPod/iPad to computer

From the above table, you can see that Wondershare TunesGo is a comprehensive iTunes replacement, a better music organizer than itunes. Compared with other tools, Wondershare TunesGo offers more capabilities and it has separate version for Windows PC and Mac.

#4. PodTrans – iTunes Alternative Freeware

PodTrans performs well in the transferring part, more or less like the iTunes sync. It transfers songs from a computer to an iPhone, iPod, or iPad without iTunes. Like the other mentioned iTunes alternative software, when transferring files, no original files on devices will be erased. Moreover, PodTrans does what iTunes can't – Transfer songs, videos, Podcast, Voice Memos, etc. from an iPhone, iPod, or iPad to PC for backup.

Price: Free ($29.95 to upgrade to the Pro version)
Supported OS: Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP & Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9


Part 2: iTunes Alternatives to Play Music Heartedly at Ease

Product Name Operating System Rank Price Main Features
Foobar 2000

Allow users to add or upgrade artwork and other tags;
Work with third-party components to extend capabilities;
Support audio files in almost every format, like MP3, WMA, etc;
Offer customizable keyword shortcuts and user interface layout;
Rip CDs and convert audio formats with Convert component;
Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Allow users to add or upgrade artwork and other tags;
Manage music and video libraries without bogging down
Keep syncing with iTunes to update metadata automatically;
Customizable widget lets you take control of your music easily;
Import music, movies, and Podcasts from iTunes Library;
Connect with Last.fm, Twitter, and Facebook to get more songs;
Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Support streaming music to your devices via AirPlay;
Built-in browser helps select tracks from iTunes Library to play;
Support different types of playlists, including M3U, PLS, XSPE.
Access thousands of online radio stations with in-app purchase;
Search for missing album artwork from Last.fm and MusicBrainz;
Windows XP/Vista/8/7

Find duplicate songs and missing tag;
Create and manager playlists intuitively;
Rip CD and convert audio/video to MP3 format;
Manage big movies and music libraries without slowing down;
Play audio and videos files in multiple formats, like AVI, FLAC;
Sync music to iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other devices;
Mac OS X 10.7 or later

Import music from your iTunes Library;
Offer high-fidelity sound for sophisticated music lovers;
Support a wide range of high-quality audio formats, like FLAC;
Display track tags, artwork, stereo levels, and audio waveforms;
Convert audio files to preferred formats when importing to library;
Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Rip CDs and sync music to iPod, iPhone, iPad, and more;
Automatically look up and show lyrics and save it to your songs;
Import libraries from iTunes Library and Windows Media Player;
Supports popular music formats & conversion between formats;
Customize Auto DJ rules to populate the Now Playing queue;
Create smart and radio-style playlists with rules and options;

Part 3: People Say iTunes is Garbage, What's Your Opinion?

Infographic: iTunes Is Garbage

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Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Thomas Jones
Yes, Gman, you don't have to. you can just import music from the computer to your iPhone. If you have any other iDevice, you can also connect two iDevices to computer and transfer music between them. Besides, you can create new playlists, export music from iPhone to computer, fix the missing ID 3 info, delete unwanted songs. For more info, you can read our user guide
How well does TunesGo handle very large libraries? I recently bought an iPhone but none of my music is in iTunes. ( I'm moving Symbian & Android) I enjoyed using iTunes in 2008 but it has become an unwieldy beast. It is nothing like I remember. My phone is already synced to iTunes. Please tell me I don't have to sync my music to iTunes too!
Thomas Jones
Yes, you're right. Some programs need iTunes installed. But you don't have to open iTunes when using these programs. You can let iTunes alone.
I tried several of these and found the following: Syncios requires Itunes to be installed, as does Wondershare. Hardly seems like an I tunes alternative if you have to have Itunes installed. Also, Syncios installs other programs if you choose the express install. Custom install allows you to avoid this. Copy Trans works well and without Itunes being installed.
Thomas Jones
Yes, TunesGo can manage music on your iPad and iPod, like I mentioned above. Besides, it supports connecting multiple iDevices, which allows you to transfer music from your iTouch to iPad, and vice versa. But, one thing you'd better do is to try the free trial version of TunesGo. Because, to use TunesGo properly, iTunes should be installed on your computer. If TunesGo can successfully recognize your iPad and iTouch, you can use it to manage the music.
My music library is too big for one 64 gig device, so some of it is on my ipad, some on my itouch. Some of it is on both. Can Tunesgo handle that conveniently? (Right now my iTunes library is screwed up so that I cannot sync my iPad at all with iTunes.)
Thomas Jones
Hi, Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) lets you fix music info and manage audio, video and photos on your iPhone, iPad and iPod easily.
Itunes has messed up my music library of over 65000 songs: creating duplications, deletions, grouping things in compilations that should not be, splitting albums, not finding cover art for the majority of my library. There might be ways to fix some of these things but who has time to spend fixing all the screw ups this program creates. Mac users need an alternative. iPhoto is just as bad
Thomas Jones
Actually, Wondeshare TunesGo, Syncios, PodTrans support iPod touch 5. You can have a try.
these alternatives are not supporting ipod touch 5. can anyone suggest any solution


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