March 16th, 2015
Despite iPhones, iPads and iPods being some of the best products in the market today, iTunes continue to frustrate its users on a daily basis. There are numerous problems that iTunes presents including poor performance and the fact that it has to be powered by a computer which can be very inconveniencing. There are also limited sorting options with iTunes which normally leaves users with little or no choice at all when it comes to organizing music. It is unbelievable that iTunes are formatted strictly to only mp3 and mp4. The list is quite endless when it comes to iTunes cons and these seem to be overlooked regardless of user dissatisfaction. The good news however is that you do not have to deal with this as there are some pretty amazing iTunes alternatives such as:
This is a simple and free alternative to iTunes, with an interface that resembles a cleaner counterpart of iTunes older versions. After installation it automatically detects and also syncs with a person’s iTunes’s library. This allows you to sort music by song, album, artist, composer, genre and playlist. You can also access play controls easily through a widget that appears on your desktop as you are playing a song. Ecoute’s interface is resizable and it can also be connected to your last Facebook/Twitter account as well as FM.
An OS X app that has a layout that is similar to that of iTunes, this is a great option that includes left and right sidebars after it has synced with your iTunes. The right side allows users to edit tags and metadata of songs while the left displays the playlists. The app supports numerous format options and you will get a notification when a new song plays. It also automatically detects other Airplay ports and can be connected to your last FM.
Available for Mac, Windows, and other operating systems, this is another incredible option for a person looking for a great iTunes alternative. It syncs all the users’ online accounts and local collections as well into a streamlined app. It integrates music from a wide range of sources like Soundcloud. When you choose a song, the app plays the best version from your sources. It can also be connected to Jabber, Google and Twitter allowing you to see your friend’s collections. This has an option for private listening and saves your searches on listening history.
If you want something that will not get in your way, this is a good alternative. It comes with a streamlined user interface and has a clean design that can be used easily by anyone. The player is the size of a sidebar and if you wish, it can be minimized further to a more compact and smaller player. Music can be played from the iTunes library, from the radio or items can be dragged into a separate playlist on Vox. Your last FM account can be connected to the player and it is also important to note that it supports numerous formats like OGG and FLAC that are not supported by iTunes.