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What alternatives are there to iTunes? I have an iPod, so it must sync with it. I like the UI, but sometimes it is painfully slow.

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Are you talking Windows or OS X? –  Alex Rozanski Jul 16 '09 at 18:33
The tags say Windows... –  ajm Jul 16 '09 at 18:37
Oh right, sorry missed that one. –  Alex Rozanski Jul 16 '09 at 18:38
But iTunes is so wonderful. Why oh why would you ever want to use something other than iTunes ;) –  Kibbee Dec 14 '12 at 2:32
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MediaMonkey is a fairly powerful music manager that supports syncing to iPods.

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I love MediaMonkey. Unfortunately I had to abandon it when I got my iPod Touch since it doesn't fully support it, but I still recommend it to all my friends. –  Dillie-O Jul 16 '09 at 18:42
I paid for the full version of MediaMonkey. I was thrilled when it worked with the 3rd gen Nano I inherited from my son. I'm not a fan of iTunes at all. –  Zooks64 Aug 26 '09 at 0:37
Last time I checked you still had to have iTunes installed for MediaMonkey to be able to sync. –  ChrisF Sep 6 '09 at 18:05
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There's a great list here of iPod utilities - the app they recommend for syncing music etc. is called Floola.

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Floola is usually what I use, but it doesn't work under 64bit linux :( –  user2254 Jul 16 '09 at 18:48
Thanks Andy, nice list! –  Artur Carvalho Jul 16 '09 at 18:49
Let me know if it works for you! –  ajm Jul 16 '09 at 18:55
+1 for Floola –  Molly7244 Sep 14 '09 at 20:44
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Songbird is meant to be quite good, and has a similar interface to iTunes.

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For the Google impaired: getsongbird.com –  Jordan S. Jones Jul 28 '09 at 2:38
I always keep an eye of the road map - once it can rip CDs (soon) it will be a serious contender! –  alex Jul 28 '09 at 2:44
Songbird has stopped supporting iPods –  celenius Jul 28 '10 at 14:11
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I use foobar2000 with the iPod Manager plugin.

It not only supports synching to a library, but also upload/removal of individial songs or albums.

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Sharepod is much faster than iTunes, which is why I use it. In fact, I can't remember the last time I used iTunes.

You don't need to install Sharepod (you only need .NET Framework 2 to be installed). I don't think it rips CDs but that's fine by me, I use EAC or CDEx to rip exactly as I like.

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  • Free.
  • Very simple.
  • Cross Platform.
  • Lightweight.
  • Doesn't install on your OS (only a single executable).
  • And most important: it works really good.

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I use J River Media Jukebox

  • Free
  • Lightweight
  • Intuitive UI
    • Allows drag & drop to iPod
    • Awesome tagging capabilities!
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I use Winamp with ml_ipod plugin. It's great if you have an older iPod. I use it with my Shuffle 2G. It does not work with the latest iPhone/iTouches.

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Winamp Media Player is an option to try.

It's how you listen, watch and manage music, video, podcasts and internet radio on your desktop and devices. Winamp is for people who like to customize, tinker and tweak: offering the widest range of extensions, skins, and services to add to your experience.

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As an alternative method you can try Rockbox firmware on your iPod. And put your music on the iPod with just copy and paste. It plays a wider range of audio formats, has lots of games, applications and features You can easily try it, since it doesn't modify the original Apple firmware you can just switch to your old Apple firmware if you don't like it.

Here is a comparison with original firmwares and the rockbox one.

It also runs Doom.

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Try copytransmanager.

Not sure it works with iOS4 yet, it didn't when I got my iPhone 4 on release date.

But i've used it on all my other devices flawlessy.

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