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iTunes Alternatives

Do you know of any alternative programs I can use instead of iTunes? I’m just ready for something a little bit different. Thanks for your help!

Below is a list of music players that come with multi-platform compatibility and tools that will help you manage your digital music, as well as, keep it organized all at the same time. Let’s check them out, shall we?!

1.) Foobar 2000 – This one is a digital music management program and it works with Window XP and Vista. It is also compatible with several music platforms, including WAV, Ogg Valis, WavPack, AIFF, AU and many more. It also comes with full unicode and replay options, as well as, several other customizable features. You can check Foobar 2000 out for yourself right here.

2.) Songbird – This one is built off of the Firefox browser platform and it works with several media players, including the iPod. Songbird comes with many different add ons, with more added to the list everyday. It’s an open source program, so it’s very easy to work with. Check it out here.

3.) YamiPod – This particular player is a little different in that you don’t have to install it on your computer. You can just copy it to your iPod’s hard drive and use it from there. With YamiPod, you can manage your songs from any computer that runs Mac OS X, Windows or Linux. Just click on this link to check it out for yourself.

4.) Winamp – You may recognize the name on this one, because we here at WorldStart have talked about Winamp before. It has been around for quite a long time, but it is still one of the most popular music players out there today. It’s a full featured music manager and it comes with complete iPod support. Also, if you have QuickTime installed on your computer along with Winamp, you are able to play protected songs. Cool, huh?! Take a look at it for yourself right here.

5.) Amarok – This one only works for Linux and Unix users, but it is a great iTunes alternative. It works with a wide variety of media players, including iPods, Zen players, Nomad players, USB players and more. It also comes with features like album covers, Wikipedia integration, awesome visual effects, lyrics support and so on. All of that just makes it ten times better. Check Amarok out today right here.

6.) Cog – Like iTunes, this is another music player that works perfectly with Macs. But, if you feel like you’re being limited with iTunes, you may want to give Cog a look see. It takes care of all those problems and it allows you to actively manage your music. It is supported by several music platforms, including Ogg vorbis, MP3, FLAC, WavPack, Musepack and many more. It also comes with features like gapless playback, auto updating, Growl support, hot keys and seeking. It’s definitely worth checking out, which you can do right here.

So, whether you’re very unhappy with iTunes or you just want to try something different for awhile, the above six players are worthy choices. There are so many alternatives to iTunes, you’re bound to find one that fits perfectly with your operating system and your musical life. Give them a try today!

~ Erin