iTunes is klunky and slow. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to download your music to your iPod without being aggravated with iTunes? You might be shocked to find there are several options. Here are the top selections for iTunes alternatives.
1. CopyTrans Suite – Manage playlists, rate songs, transfer album artwork and copy songs to iPod. All this in a download that’s under 1MB. This is my preferred software for my new Nano.
2. Banshee – The top choice for Linux users. Mange your music, make CD’s and sync with your music player. Sorry Windows and Mac owners, there is no version for you.
3. Songbird – Built around the Mozilla web browser. Has iPod support with a third-party extension. Many more extensions are available as well as themes, so it can do almost anything you want it to. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
These are the 3 that I am familiar with. There are other options that are a bit outdated. Floola seems popular, but you have to run iTunes once and copy a file to your iPod. That seems to defeat the purpose. I remember GKTPOD worked with my old iPod, but the open-source project seems inactive leaving me to believe that it won’t work with many newer devices. Yamipod looks promising, but I haven’t tried it yet. Enjoy any of these. Anything prevent iTunes and QuickTime from bogging down your system right?Last modified May 25, 2011