There are several pros and cons of using iTunes. And with every new version seemingly more convoluted than the last, iTunes alternatives are becoming more popular by the day.
If you’re looking to try something new, below you’ll find eight of the best iTunes alternatives.
These apps have been rated best based on several important factors, including how easy it is to search for music, file support, ease of use, and unique functionality.
This simple and free alternative has a clean interface that closely resembles several of the earlier iterations of iTunes. After you’ve installed Ecoute, it automatically seeks out and syncs up with your existing iTunes library, allowing you to make a seamless transition to your new player. And much like iTunes, Ecoute allows you to sort by artist, album, song, playlist, genre, and composer. There’s also a tiny desktop widget that sticks around when a song is playing, allowing you fairly swift access to your play controls, and to display optional notifications for new songs. The interface is also completely resizable, and Ecoute connects with Twitter, Facebook, and of course Last.fm.
Media Monkey (Windows)
Media Monkey is particularly useful for mass media storage. If you’re dealing with tens of thousands of media files, Media Monkey is exactly what you need to sort through the madness. This app can automatically look up and tag your albums using song metadata, help you manage your media by genre, and handles about every audio format that you could possibly throw at it. It’s also worth noting that this is one of the few worthwhile iTunes alternatives that are available on Android devices.
CopyTrans Manager (Windows)
This fairly simple app allows you to sync all of your music on all your devices, from your iPhone to your iPad. Like many modern Internet radio apps, this app also includes native support song lyrics, artist data, album covers, playlists, and podcasts. CopyTrans Manager is also relatively lightweight compared to iTunes, taking virtually no system resources to operate and practically no disk space on your drive. It’s also got competitive multiplatform support, with options for both iOS and Windows products.
Wondershare TunesGo (Windows / Mac)
Wondershare is a good option for anyone who wants to secure their music against the potential threat of a system crash. It takes a few seconds to set up the Wondershare network on all your devices, allowing you to transfer your media back and forth from your phone to your computer. This sync process is completely automated on Apple devices, including all of your photo and contact data.
If you’re tired of losing media when you sync your device up to iTunes, Wondershare cap help with that too. With Wondershare, you can transfer music and videos from your PC to your mobile devices without data loss, convert your audio to different formats to overcome compatibility issues, and use all your existing playlists straight from your iTunes player!
This relatively lightweight app has many of the same sync and backup features as iTunes, but with far more expansive data protection. For example, SynciOS is one of the few multiplatform iTunes alternatives with native eBook support, allowing you to save your library along with the rest of your media. Although SynciOS doesn’t have support as many files types as some of the other members of this list, it does include the ability to convert audio and video of the wrong format to be supported for any iOS device.
If sound quality is of paramount importance to you, Fidelia is a good place to begin your search for the right iTunes alternative. Fidelia’s stylish interface looks somewhat like an expensive radio, including visual metadata and dim buttons. There are also multiple effect channels for anyone who wants to adjust their music. Many of these functions are similar to the standard iTunes equalizer, but others are far more intense. Most importantly of all, Fidelia supports flawless quality .FLAC rips, a feature that’s conspicuously absent from iTunes. Fidelia offers a limited time free trial, but if the premium sound quality matters to you, you’ll have to pay $19.99 for the full version.
Vox is another simple and low key alternative to iTunes. If you’re not looking to reinvent the wheel with your next music player, then it’s worth taking a look at Vox. The interface has an ease of use that closely rivals iTunes. The player itself is rather small, and can be reduced even smaller on your request. There’s also integration with your iTunes library and the ability to play songs straight from Internet radio. And best of all, like Fidelia, Vox supports several file types that iTunes doesn’t, like OOG and FLAC.
This OS X app turns your regular iTunes library into a catalogue of music that’s visually sorted by album cover. Unfortunately, Sonora struggles to load very large song libraries. But in spite of that minor inconvenience, Sonora is otherwise a rather smooth experience that allows you to both browse your library and set a song queue fairly easily. Connecting your Sonora account to your Last.fm takes only a few clicks. And once you’ve got it all set up, you’ll find it surprisingly convenient and sharply designed. For example, typing anywhere on the app automatically begins to search your song library!