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5 Alternatives to iTunes

May 02, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Top 5 best iTunes alternatives

If you haven’t been sleeping under a rock for the last ten years you will likely have heard of iTunes – Apple’s software offering for playing music, videos and transferring media data onto their countless devices.

Many people have a love/hate relationship with iTunes as it used to be the only program that could sync music to iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices, making it a requirement rather than a preference.

By 2008, Apple had become the biggest music vendor in the US, but most of iTunes’ latest enhancements exist solely to promote the mainstream recommendation-driven Apple Music, app downloads, and iCloud. And with its recent shift toward streaming media, Apple risks losing its most music-obsessed users: the collectors.

Many music aficionado’s out there who were only interested in iTunes’ media management features and wanted a solid app to catalogue and organize their libraries have felt abandoned as Apple moves away from local file storage in favour of cloud-based services.

So what are the alternatives?

There are several awesome, free alternatives out there, below we have listed our top 5.

5. Winamp – Flash back to the late 90’s anyone?  Winamp has been through some testing times since launching 20 years ago, but it's held its own against fresher rivals surprisingly well. It allows masses of music to be loaded into a central library, tagged and sorted to your heart's content. Additional functionality is provided through a big database of plug-ins that let you do anything from installing psychedelic visualisations to burning DVDs.

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4. Ecoute is a lightweight player that has an exclusive interface, in that certain elements only become available at larger display sizes. It automatically detects and imports your iTunes library, and provides playback notifications through an always-on-top widget. Ecoute also has a capable iOS app that can replace your native music player on your mobile device or tablet as well. This is an easy to use no nonsense play and go alternative. 

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3. Tomahawk is a giant when it comes to media management. First, this is the only tool that supports as many platforms as it does (Windows, Apple, Linux, Android) and it’s also the only program on the list that connects with this many social channels, including Soundcloud, Spotify, Last.fm, and network servers if there are any. If you want to listen to a particular song, irrespective of whether it exists in your library or not, Tomahawk will crawl through all the connected sources and find the best version for you. There is also Google, Facebook and Twitter connectivity to share what you’re listening to with your friends and followers (if you’re into that sort of thing). 

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2. Wondershare TunesGo is another heavyweight, multi-purpose package that aims to eliminate the need to visit iTunes altogether, no matter what you need. It’s more than your average media player/manager; it is a complete iDevice management suite that even allows reverse copying, in that you can import music from your iPhone/iPod to your computer instead of the traditional, other way around. TunesGo also allows direct syncing of iTunes media library with an Android smartphone, among others.

 

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1. In top spot, Media Monkey is the music player of choice for the discerning music organiser. If you've previously filed hundreds of vinyl’s and CDs in cardboard boxes by genre, alphabetically or some other way, it will allow you to tame your organisational obsession. It will speedily scan your computer to find audio and video files, allowing you to then tag and sort them into columns - including by artist name, album, genre, composer, year, publisher, rating etc. You can sync your iPod and Android too.

Auto DJ setting for continuous track mixes after your playlist finishes is another nice touch of a media player that is truly head and shoulders above iTunes and many of its competitors.

Download for free and give it a try. 

 

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