After a few years of iTunes launch, people started looking for a better alternative. Also after the long stretch, Apple decided to kill iTunes altogether by splitting it in three different apps – Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV. Now the functionality to manage iPhones is built into Finder, which is a much better approach. Although the software is still available for Windows, we are sure it will not last long.
That is why we have compiled 15 best iTunes alternative for both Mac and Windows which you can use in 2020 and onwards for listening to your favourite music and backup your iPhone.
15 Best iTunes Alternative Apps
WALTR 2 is one of the best iTunes alternative available which can be connected via cable or WiFi. The WiFi speed as fast as AirDrop and you can easily transfer all your files in a few seconds. It supports and recognizes all the Apple supported formats and push those files to dedicated apps on your iPhone. So if you copy an MP4 file you will be able to find it in the Video app.
The user interface is also pretty clean but the only thing to keep in mind that it comes with a hefty price tag of $47.14 after the free trial. The software is also available for both Windows and Mac.
If you are a Windows user and music listening is the main concern you should try out MusicBee. The software comes with a beautiful user interface which makes the experience better. You can also sync your music from and to your iPhone. Not only that, but MusicBee also works with podcasts, web-radio stations. On the other hand, it has SoundCloud and Groove Music integration.
Other than these, it supports many skins and comes with a powerful 15 band music equalizer, logarithmic volume scaling, gapless playback and CD ripping etc. The software is completely free to download and use.
In case you are a Mac user and looking for something close to MusicBee, we got you covered with Vox Music Player. It is an extremely powerful audio player with supported formats like MP3 FLAC, CUE, APE, and M4A. The app also supports streaming music via SoundCloud, YouTube, and more than 30,000 online radio stations.
Other than these, gapless playback, enhanced stereo sound, bass audio engine, a cloud storage solution for all your music etc is the selling point of Vox Music Player. The software is available for free, but to get all the functionality you have to subscribe for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
For transferring files in between iPhone and Mac, MacX MediaTrans is a good software to check out. It can automatically back up photos, manage your entire music library and comes with video transfer, book organizer, ringtone maker, and more. Another interesting feature of this app is you can encrypt your files.
The software works independently from iTunes and comes with a free trial. After the trial ends, you can buy it for $35.95.
Another alternative to iTunes is DearMob iPhone Manager and it is available for both Windows and macOS. With a clean user interface the software allows you to manage photo, music, videos, contact, SMS, ringtones etc with full encryption support. You can also convert your videos or down-sample to save storage.
You can also delete and organize your photos and it allows you to preview and convert HEIC photos. You can download and start the free trial and after that, it will cost $47.75 for two licenses.
Musique is a clean but feature-rich music player available in Windows Mac and Linux. The main feature of the software is it maintains the folder structure you have made on your PC. Other than that you can also use the Artists or Album tabs.
The app also comes with a built-in lyrics finder. You can download the software for free.
If you want more features than Musique for MacOS, Swinsian should be the software to choose. With all the features mentioned above (other than the in-built lyrics finder), it has advanced tag editing, duplicate finder, smart playlist support, and more. You can also alter the user interface to your liking. When it comes to format support, it can handle Flac, MP3, AAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WAV, Opus, AC3, AIFF, MusePack, DSF, and APE.
If you are switching from iTunes you can send your entire music library to Swinsian in a single click. The only caveat is after the free trial you have to spend $24.95.
To manage and restore your iPhone data you can use Dr.fone. The software has many features which are hard to find in others with a good user interface. The ability to create backups, restoring your iPhone, recovering deleted data from your iPhone, transferring files, messages, and contacts between your computer and iPhone, security erasing data are some of the selling points.
With Dr.fone you can also troubleshoot your iPhone. The thing is data recovery software cost a bit more than file managers. Dr.fone comes with $69.95 per year price tag and is available for both Windows and macOS.
If you are an audiophile and want your music to sound at its best quality, definitely check out Fidelia. It is a high-definition music player available on macOS. With lots of format support, it comes with a complete set of audio tools including equalizers, compressors, CanOpener headphone modeller, support for 64-bit audio unit plug-ins and more.
You can also organize your music easily thanks to the clean and elegant user interface. Fidelia costs $29.95.
In case you are an iPod user we got you covered also. PodTrans is a small and simple software which allows you to manage and transfer files in between your computer (Windows and Mac) and iPod. You do not need to install iTunes, the software works independently.
If you have a newer iPod, other than music you can also manage videos, TV Shows, movies etc. The software is also free to use.
If data recovery is your main concern try out PhoneRescue. The app has many extra features than iTunes like the ability to recover 31 types of files including photos, videos, songs, docs, and more. Other than that the interface is pretty clean, thus easy to use.
Just like Dr.fone, PhoneRescue comes with a hefty price tag of $49.99 which you will need to renew every year and is available for both Mac and Windows operating system.
Just like DearMob iPhone Manager, Gihosoft iManager is a good option if you want to switch from iTunes. The software allows users to manage and transfer your music, photos, videos, and docs from the computer to iPhone and iPad or vice versa. With the backup feature, you can also encrypt those.
If you are running low on space Gihosoft allows archiving old backups. The software is available for both Mac and Windows for $35 after the trial period ends.
For Windows users with a huge library of music and videos, MediaMonkey comes as a blessing. First of all the software supports a wide variety of formats like OGG, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, MPC, WAV, CDA, AVI, MP4, OGV etc. The software has a good interface and it can automatically identify movies and tracks that are missing important information.
You can add or remove tags and organize your library even with missing information. For the full version, the app costs $49.95 which is a bit high.
Just like MediaMonkey, you can also try CopyTransManager if you want your files to be perfectly organized and tagged. Unlike iTunes, CopyTrans offers customization options at its best. After meta tags and titles etc you can also add lyrics for the song.
Another issue most of the users face with a big library is duplicate files. CopyTrans can find those files and quickly remove the music with worse quality. The software comes with $19.99 after the trial.
Finally, we will end the list with Clementine with is an open-source music player available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The main feature of Clementine is you can synchronize your music from various sources such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Spotify, SoundCloud etc. Sadly it does not support Apple Music. If you have an Android smartphone, you can also use that as a remote for the music player.
You can organize your library through the software and it can download missing album cover art from Last.fm and Amazon and fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz. The best part is Clementine is free to use.
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So these were all the best software you can use as an alternative to iTunes. I hope you liked a few apps from the list and if you have any better alternatives in mind do let us know in the comment section below. Happy listening.