What are the best alternatives to iTunes?

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    iMazing is a software that enables users to manage their iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It is designed for backing up and saving music, messages, files, and data. This iOS device manager is also used for transferring files and documents to a computer.


    Mac, Windows

    $44.99- Free trial available

    Shirin Kapeen
    Written on August 19, 2019
    "Easy, comfortable and user friendly "
  2. 25



    AnyTrans is an ultimate iPhone manager that converges entire apple products and consolidates every access to all your content in one place, including music, videos, photos, messages, and more. No matter the content is from your iPhone, iTunes, even from iCloud. It gives efficient & minimalist control and absolute freedom over all your iOS data and files.


    Windows, Mac

    $39.99- $59.99

    Diane Powell
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "This iPhone manager really makes things to much simpler. Much less restrictions than iTunes, and it's convenient having all the content from your phone accessible in one place. Although it can be a little bit pricey (39.99 for just one computer) it transfer songs and pictures so fast so I have more room on my phone and it's worth it."
  3. 20



    MusicBee is considered one of the best music player/manager for Windows. This software lets users manage, find, and play music files stored on their computer.




    Dylan Marshall
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "I have never liked using iTunes for Windows. As a results, I searched long and hard for a great alternative to it and Windows Media Player for PC computers. I found it in the MusicBee application which is the best music player I have seen so far yet for Windows."
  1. 11



    MediaMonkey is a music player that can sync your audio files to your device. It's a good choice if you got a large and rich music library. It has free and gold versions.


    Windows, Android


    Shirley Ford
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "MediaMonkey is a great way to manage my audio library. I like how I don't need itunes for it, and it works with so many different audio formats. The free version is still packed with stuff I can do without paying. I recommend it for anyone who has run into issues with itunes."
  2. 9



    foobar2000 is a freeware audio player that supports MP3, MP4, AAC, AC, and more. It has a friendly user interface layout, and it also supports full ripping CDs.


    Android, iOS, Windows


    Trishla Jaiteley
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "First, let me just say I appreciate anything that comes as freeware. I definitely like how many file formats foobar supports, and overall this is a great alternative to the mainstream iTunes, which I sometimes find difficult to navigate. Foobar has more freedom of use than iTunes, in that there are more features and easier interface to find them. "
  3. 9


    Clementine is a modern music player and library organiser. Clementine is a port of Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to take advantage of Qt4.

    Windows, Android, Mac


    Billy Mendez
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "This is perfect. This application does exactly what I need it to for this use."
  4. 7

    #7doubleTwist Music Player

    doubleTwist Music Player

    doubleTwist is a music player and podcast manager with sync functionality. Thanks to its easy interface, you don't need to jump between different apps to play your music, manage podcasts or sync iTunes playlists. You will have all of it in the same place.


    Android, Windows


    Dennis Stephens
    Written on October 11, 2017
    "Being a music lover, I can't help but feel inclined to give this one a decent rating and high regards, because apparently, it is 100%. That being said, one thing I notice that is missing is live radio. I think for a good music app, the ability to listen to live radio is border-line essential instead of the same playlists. That being said, as long as this app provides strong efforts in everything else, I see it being a success."
  5. 7



    iTools is a basic management tool that allows you to transfer your files from your PC or Mac to your iOS device. It comes with a full set of features that will help you make your transfer safer and with fully operational customization for a wide range of sets. All without iTunes.  




    Kira Yamato
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "iTools is an awesome replacement for iTunes. Using iTools , I can easily manage my photos and music. It is also easier to backup my iPhone data!"
  6. 5

    #9Syncios iOS Manager

    Syncios iOS Manager
    Syncios Manager is a powerful iTunes alternative and iOS manager It can help you backup and restore your iOS devices. It enables you to transfer data between your PC and iPad/iPhone/iPod without using iTunes, making iPhone ringtones and more.

    Windows, Mac


    Joseph Hall
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "I loved using Syncios iOS Manager when I had iOS. It was fast and easy to used giving a great alternative to using iTunes all the time."
  7. 5



    Tunesgo is a suite that lets you transfer music into your iPhone without having to use iTunes. It allows you to transfer and backup many other files too, such as backup contacts, photos, sms, movies, ibnto your iOS and Android devices and you won't need anymore iTunes.   


    Windows, iOS, Android

    $49.95- Free trial $49.95 per year

    Catherine Phillips
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "I think Tunesgo is a lifesaver for me. I take way too many photos of the family and essentially use my phone as my camera for all events or just a casual picture at the local park. This is so much more manageable. I feel safe that this is backed up for future reference. I have my favorite music that is sometimes hard to find and am especially pleased that this is something I can save also."
  8. 4

    #11Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player
    Elmedia Player is a free media player that supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more. 



    Joseph McCoy
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "Wow, I switched from iTunes to this, and it's so much better. I don't really get how apple messed up iTunes so much. This app has everything it has, plus more. Really solid alternative app. Get it!"
  9. 1



    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.


    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Charles Jacobs
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "Spotify is hands-down one of the best alternatives to iTune for the Mac because of the sheer volume of music available from artists all over the world. The greatest thing about Spotify is that it is free on my mobile phone or tablet. Unlike iTunes, I don't have to purchase any music and I can just listen to my favorite artists and favorite genres free of charge on Spotify. Also, Spotify has benefited from great support from several premier artists. Spotify is great for college students or anyone on a budget."
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    Fidelia is a high-definition audio player with support for a wide variety of audio file formats and an elegant interface focused exclusively on music. You'll be able to organize and customize your digital music collection.




    Gerald Harrison
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "This program works great for most audio, and it is simple and looks pleasant. The overall quality seems to be high. The one thing that puts me off of this is that it does not support DRM protected AAC files. But I can listen to most of my music and it is easy to use."
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    #14Quod Libet

    Quod Libet
    Quod Libet his a Music library manager / player

    Windows, Mac


    Frances Walters
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "I recently decided to try Quod Libet to replace iTunes. So far it has exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend. The program is straightforward and very quick to learn. If you're looking to make the switch, try Quod Libet!"
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    #15VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 


    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS


    Alexander Valdez
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "iTunes for Mac has its limitations. I needed to play many different codec types so I downloaded VLC media player. It works really good! It plays almost anything I throw at it. I highly recommend this to anybody with a variety of media files ."
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    #16Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Victoria Nguyen
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "First off Google Play is free. They have a vast library of songs you can listen to or download. The music genre's are varied. You can create playlists or listen to various stations. This is my go to music on the web and a great alternative to iTunes. I use it at the office and at home. "


Best What are the best alternatives to iTunes
1iMazingSoftware 27 Paid
2AnyTransSoftware 25 Paid
3MusicBeeSoftware 20 Free
4MediaMonkeySoftware 11 Free
5foobar2000Software 9 Free
6ClementineSoftware 9 Free
7doubleTwist Music PlayerApps 7 Free
8iToolsSoftware 7 Paid
9Syncios iOS ManagerSoftware 5 Free
10TunesgoSoftware 5 Paid

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