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egd
2008-10-02, 07:15
Thanks to itunes I had the recent pleasure of flying to Europe without any music. Unfortunately vPod doesn't support current iPod firmware, so I'm wondering what software (other than iTunes malware) people are using to get music onto their iPods WITHOUT impacting what's already on the damned thing?

simbo
2008-10-02, 07:20
MediaMonkey supports the iPod, but not the v2 firmware for the iPhone/iTouch.

ddewey
2008-10-02, 07:24
Quoting egd (egd.3gnq7b1222957201 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com):

>
> Thanks to itunes I had the recent pleasure of flying to Europe without
> any music. Unfortunately vPod doesn't support current iPod firmware,
> so I'm wondering what software (other than iTunes malware) people are
> using to get music onto their iPods WITHOUT impacting what's already on
> the damned thing?

MediaMonkey
http://www.mediamonkey.com

Works well, will translate flac to mp3 on the fly for the ipod if
that's important to you.

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http://www.last.fm/user/ddewey

mkanet
2008-10-02, 11:43
My favorite itunes feature is when connecting an ipod to new machine and it erases all your music so it can synch up with your PC. Nice feature.

I use Napster for unlimited music downloads at $12.95 a month while itunes charges $.99 per song (same extensive libarary as itunes). At the volume I download music, Id go broke downloading from itunes. Of course, the first thing I do is conveniently remove DRM using tunebite 6.0.

autopilot
2008-10-02, 11:50
I use foobar2000 sometimes, but as much as itunes annoys me its still the best option if you also like videos and podcasts.

MeSue
2008-10-02, 15:26
Another option: http://www.mediajukebox.com/

Nonreality
2008-10-02, 17:08
Thanks to itunes I had the recent pleasure of flying to Europe without any music. Unfortunately vPod doesn't support current iPod firmware, so I'm wondering what software (other than iTunes malware) people are using to get music onto their iPods WITHOUT impacting what's already on the damned thing?egd, you really need to try MediaMonkey. It handles huge libraries with no problem and has a ton of nice features including transcoding on the fly to your Ipod. Right now it won't work with the new firmware for the Iphone and touch but that should be corrected shortly. It's by far better than Itunes for the serious listener. It might not be quite as cool for some things but a far better music manager.

egd
2008-10-02, 17:49
egd, you really need to try MediaMonkey. It handles huge libraries with no problem and has a ton of nice features including transcoding on the fly to your Ipod. Right now it won't work with the new firmware for the Iphone and touch but that should be corrected shortly. It's by far better than Itunes for the serious listener. It might not be quite as cool for some things but a far better music manager.

Thanks Nonreality, truth be told, all I'm after is something like vPod that is able to add/ delete mp3 to my iPod(s) without having to interact with that malware. flac2mp3 and/or dbpoweramp converter do all that's necessary iro creating MP3 from my FLAC library. A while ago I made the mistake of upgrading the iPod's firmware not realising that it would mean I was then tied to the malware. I'll have to do a little digging for an older firmware or check what tools are available in Linux to do iPod synchronisation.

utowana
2008-10-02, 17:52
I agree that MM is a good music manager....have been using it for a couple of years. HOWEVER, the real question is whether it/they can get it to work with v 2 firmware on my iTouch. I was lucky enough to read that you can't update the firmware and continue to use MM. I sense between the lines that it can't be cracked. The issues are way beyond my technical understanding. What do people think? I have enjoyed the iTouch, but WILL NOT use iTunes. Hate it, and will sell the iTouch before resorting to iTunes.

egd
2008-10-03, 06:02
Found a good one for Linux: gtkpod. Took care of my v3.1.1 firmware iPod without any glitch. Not tried it on iPod Touch yet (I just use it as a remote).

david_f1976
2008-11-07, 04:08
egd, you really need to try MediaMonkey. It handles huge libraries with no problem and has a ton of nice features including transcoding on the fly to your Ipod. Right now it won't work with the new firmware for the Iphone and touch but that should be corrected shortly. It's by far better than Itunes for the serious listener. It might not be quite as cool for some things but a far better music manager.

I've used MediaMonkey in the past with my iRiver and indeed it is a good program. Unfortunately no one has come up with a device to rival the iphone/ipod touch and so I've just splashed out on the latter - which is on its way. MediaMonkey can now work with the new generation of iTouch firmware

I want to avoid iTunes if at all possible. My main concern is gapless playback. Can anyone confirm that playback is indeed gapless when transferring with MediaMonkey? I'm seeing conflicting information around the web. It used to annoy the hell out of me on the iRiver before Rockbox came along.

lewis_holmes
2008-11-07, 12:37
Can anyone recommend anything for mac?
My library is getting quite large now and iTunes takes a age when I import files and change mp3 tags.

hunta
2008-12-11, 06:33
MediaMonkey can now work with the new generation of iTouch firmware.

http://www.mediamonkey.com/news/2008/11/05/new-mediamonkey-306-syncs-with-iphone-3g/

Paul_B
2008-12-11, 09:16
I can confirm my iPod Touch is running 2.1 and Media Monkey works like a charm