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is there a pretty good alternative to itunes?


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#1 OFFLINE   larrynose

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:03 AM

Hello ppl,

I see so many articles on which s/w is better than itunes etc...which leads me to wonder which would be the best alternative to itunes?
When I was using Iphones and Ipads on a Windows PC, I found that itunes s/w was bloated and slow and resource heavy. And nothing really improved with each successive release. On a Mac, obviously I didn't find any such isssue.

But I am using windows 10 now and have an iphone 7 plus. Could anyone please tell me if there is a good alternative to itunes that would let me move audios, videos, pics etc from pc-iphone and vice-versa, manage files/folders  and not be too resource heavy or a pain to download/start the app?

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:40 AM

Unfortunately as far as I know, if you use an apple product, you must use iTunes.
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:02 AM

You can use VLC to play stuff in Windows but as far as buying and managing music with Apple iTunes I have to agree with Josh. It's all part of a closed ecosystem. There are decent Linux alternatives like Rhythmbox, Banshee, Amarok and the new Elisa.
Right now I have gotten away from MP3s and I stream with Spotify. If you get a paid subscription I believe you can download and store music but again you are tied into the Spotify client. Fortunately that works well in Linux, Windows, Android and I assume in the Apple universe.
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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:31 AM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 13 April 2017 - 05:40 AM, said:

Unfortunately as far as I know, if you use an apple product, you must use iTunes.

Not true.

Quite some years ago I fitted up my niece with a live version of linux, not sure now which,possibly kanotix or anti-x. This was because her works laptop was locked down and she could not install any programs.
She wanted to manage her iTunes stuff and I found that Amarok would allow her to do what she needed. Not sure exactly waht she wanted to do but she was happy with the set up.

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:54 AM

Looks like Amarok has a Beta for Macs and Windows. Might be worth a try if your music is DRM free.
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Might be problems with streaming though.

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#6 OFFLINE   larrynose

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 12:10 AM

Thanks guys for your responses! I guess Ill look into this Amarok thingy. If it doesnt work out, Itunes it is!
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#7 OFFLINE   goretsky

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 06:11 AM

Hello,

I don't have any iPhone or iPad, so am not very familiar with managing their media collections, but you might want to try one of the following programs: Hopefully, one of them will meet your needs.

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#8 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:03 PM

Gosh! I just happened to read you signature just now. I apologize if I ever replied to you anywhere here referring to you as "Larry" on the assumption (should never do that) that you were a boy type person.

Besides, we need more girl type members here. I am always impressed with ladies who are interested in computers, Internet, etc. and will make the effort to understand it. You've come to the right place. We have smart ladies and fellows here to help. :)

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:51 AM

I've been using CopyTrans for years whenever I've been asked to help people with their Crapple products lol  ;)  .   goretsky provided a link above.

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#10 OFFLINE   larrynose

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:20 AM

Hmm...  I have tried amarok on my ipod and it is pretty good for all the music on it. But, I have gone for copytrans for the iphone. It is very light, quicker download, simple ui no bs. :) Thank you all (raymac, barbarian, goretsky, davey and laytoN!)once again for all your inputs. I so dreaded the idea of downloading itunes.

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Gosh! I just happened to read you signature just now. I apologize if I ever replied to you anywhere here referring to you as "Larry" on the assumption (should never do that) that you were a boy type person.
Ha! nah, you didnt call me larry but yeah you might have thought that I were indeed not a girl. :) And its OK.
And **** yeah, I have come to the right place with you experts about... a girl has to understand or atleast try to understand that no piece of code/machine can get the better of her!
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#11 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:55 PM

Oh, noes... she called us "experts". We'll have to live up to that now. :th_0140:




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