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Windows 7: A good program to replace iTunes?

09 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate amd64
A good program to replace iTunes?

Most of the search results I've seen here usually deal with a replacement program to manage iPhones or iPods.
I'm actually looking for something that can import my current iTunes library, leaving the files where they are with all the metadata, like rating and possibly playcount, intact.

As it is, I can't stand iTunes any longer, but my Playlists (mostly rating-based) and I are stuck with it.

Any suggestion would be kindly appreciated...

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09 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7

mediamoney is what i use and have done for years. not sure how the transfer will go but deal with it!
Iphone crashed other day and i lost everything, but reinstalling actually was good to do so was happy... dont resist change!
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09 Sep 2010   #3

7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64

helper91, only you have to change the settings to make it show english. but you still need to at least install itunes edit: i dont know about importing or anything from itunes
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09 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

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09 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I think Songbird can manage iPod's ok by using a add-on.

Not sure about the music transfer keeping meta data though.

Songbird - Welcome
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10 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 64Bit

I dont know if you like this or not. but ive been using spotify for a while and i like it alot.

Key things spotify has:

Free to download.
You can listen to any music on spotify as well as listen to your own. (i get 20hours of free music i can listen to. after 20hours you have to wait few days till it resets unless you buy membership)
You can import your own music to spotify and rate/star your music you like.

I Hope you like this program.


Download Spotify for Windows
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10 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hybridfan View Post
Two people I know use winamp instead of iTunes and always recommend it.
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10 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate amd64

Thanks for all your suggestions!

Here's what I found out:

- Winamp imports all the tags and Playlists correctly, but doesn't seem to recognize either Rating or Playcount. It also doesn't appear to copy over iTunes' Album Artwork--although it tries to present various media such as pictures and videos from the Internet.

- MediaMonkey imports all the tags correctly, including Album Artwork, Rating and Playcount for each song. But apparently it fails at importing playlists (which at this point is not such a huge drawback, since I have the elements to duplicate their criteria). Before trying out these programs, I made the iTunes Music folder Read-only, I wonder whether this might have interfered with the playlists, though I don't see why it should--shouldn't MM keep its library/config file(s) somewhere else?

- Songbird annoyed me a bit when it needed an Internet connection to perform the first run/setup wizard. Aside from this, it imported everything correctly except for Smart Playlists (even though it imported correctly the "fixed" Playlists).

- Helper91: I couldn't even set the website to a different language, so I didn't want to waste precious 3G broadband with random downloads...

- Spotify: I have yet to try this one out.

I have to point out though that MediaMonkey and Winamp both require around USD 20 to get the whole feature set, while Songbird seems to be completely free (although it certainly feels the less snappy of the three I tried so far...courtesy of the Mozilla rendering engine, IIRC).

BTW, didn't Songbird use to be available on Linux as well?
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10 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I don't see why people have issues with iTunes, it's the best looking Media Software out there
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10 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate amd64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
I don't see why people have issues with iTunes, it's the best looking Media Software out there
De gustibus non disputandum est...
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