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Many people have become totally frustrated with the overhead and unnecessary complexity of Apple iTunes software. While iTunes does a good job connecting customers to the Apple iTunes Store, it is restricted in its ability to organize and manage music files on your PC which are not related to iTune store purchases! Like burned CDs and other downloaded music and videos from various other vendors and sources regardless of where the files came from.
We have written articles in the past assisting our readers that have had problems installing or uninstalling itunes. Over the course of this year several of our almost 3,000 subscribers have asked if we could do review or recommend a good alternative to iTunes that would do a much better job of moving any music file from their PC on to their iPod, iPhone, iPad and visa versa.
We did some research and found that MediaMonkey (MM) turns out to be the 3rd most popular media file manager software behind Apple’s iTunes (of course) and the stock pc Windows Media Player (no iPod support). The really cool thing we like about MM software as an alternative to iTunes and Windows Media Player is that it interfaces and syncs with iPods, iPhones, iPad and even the Android! AND… This is important…! They are also vendor neutral (not tied to Apple or anyone else) and are working to provide a media management solution for ALL smart devices over time independent of operating system and device manufacturer!
In our opinion this is clearly one of the better and more popular alternatives to iTunes out there. It allows you to sync music files with your iPhone, iPod or iPad and as we said even the Android. What’s also nice is that they have both a FREE VERSION and a GOLD VERSION you can download.
- Organize music and edit tags in your audio library with a powerful, intuitive interface.
- Automatically lookup and tag Album Art and other metadata.
- Manage 50,000+ files in your music collection without bogging down.
- Manage all genres of audio: Rock, Classical, Audiobooks, Comedy, Podcasts, etc.
- Play MP3s and other audio formats, and never again worry about varying volume.
- Record CDs and convert MP3s, M4A, OGG, FLAC and WMA files etc. into other formats.
- Create playlists and let Auto-DJ & Party Mode take care of your party.
- Sync iPhones, iPods, & MP3 players, converting & leveling tracks on-the-fly.
- Plus much more…
So… if you are looking for a very good alternative to iTunes, its certainly worth checking out MM’s free version and see first hand if it will do what you will need it to do…! Also at the same time, the gold version is also reasonably priced below $20 the last we checked which is not bad. Regardless, if you are fed up and frustrated with iTunes and you are looking for a very good alternative to iTunes which also syncs to your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android you will want to at least check this product out and evaluate it.
Looking For a Perfect Software Uninstaller Utility ?
Going nuts trying to remove software from your PC? Removing problem software applications from your PC can be a very frustrating experience. We have found several websites and software products which are dedicated to assisting folks on how to properly uninstall software that is very difficult to uninstall properly. Two have free or trial versions that do a great job. Some have a premium or pro level that does deeper cleaning for really difficult to remove complex software.
At the end of this post there are a few links you might want to refer to if you are having trouble uninstalling or removing any of the following very complex applications: Adobe Software, McAfee Anti Virus, AOL Toolbar, AVG Anti-Virus, Norton 2006/2007, Avast!, AVG, ESET NOD32, Internet Explorer 8, OovoO, McAfee, Microsoft Office, Nero, Sims 3, iTunes, Norton Security, and many others that are also difficult to remove. This type of specialized software removal utility is just simply good to have set up as a “desktop icon”, always available to you, because it removes software so much better and more thoroughly than the Add / Remove Applications utility found in your Windows Control Panel.
The reason special software uninstallers are sometimes needed is that the more complex the software is, the more difficult it becomes to remove due to the registry key entries that the Add / Remove program often leaves behind. Trying to figure out how to fix this can make you go completely nuts, and in the process, if you don’t know what you are doing really mess up your PC!
The links below are to a few excellent, well known, and highly recommended software products reviewed both here and around the internet that can help keep you from spending hours of research on Google trying to find out exactly why you can’t remove any particular application from your Add / Remove area in your Control Panel. Perfect Uninstaller for instance is one of the more popular and more widely used utilities on the web to remove problem software. All three of these sites assist in removing problematic software. You can decide for yourself on their websites.
The products and their websites focus on only PCs running Windows software only, not MAC or Apple. We will be searching for and evaluating other websites and products that can assist our readers with Apple based computers in a future article.
- Perfect Uninstaller – Probably the most popular free software removal utility – however you may need their deep registry cleaning upgrade
- Revo Uninstaller – They have a free trial version of the Pro version which is excellent and works great.
- Uninstall My Software – Has a growing number of how to articles to remove problem software using a combination of utilities mentioned in this article.
- How To Uninstall iTunes – Website that contains special step by step instructions specifically on how to remove itunes software which is often extremely difficult to remove and reinstall properly. They also have added some very good reviews on alternatives to iTunes software as well.
These sites all recommend various uninstaller software programs to assist you — some have a Free Demo that often works without an upgrade or a Trial Version that will uninstall software for both simple and complex removals. For instance How To Uninstall iTunes is a website focused on helping people removing iTunes and/or installing iTunes after proper removal. If you are going nuts with iTunes re-installation problems, we recommend you take a look.
Clean Me Up Scotty!!
Sometimes PC registries get so messed up that you have to clean them or you can’t even use Add/Remove properly. Even after using a special uninstaller program you might still need to clean up your registry if the uninstaller did not have an automatic registry cleaner built into it. If you have severe pre-existing PC registry problems, and you don’t know it, you may have to run a good registry repair tool like RegCure first. You can find RegCure and many other top free PC optimizer software, tools, uninstallers and utilities over at Rockbridge Downloads in their Freeware Section available for immediate download. We recommend RegCure if you have severe registry problems like DLL conflicts, access violations and exception errors! It works great! This software should be used after uninstalling any software using your Add / Remove Applications program in your Control Panel.
P.S. we don’t recommend that you try and fix your PC registry manually by hand. Use a good automated registry cleaner like those mentioned in this article unless you know exactly what you are doing! Messing with your PC registry is a sure way to crash your entire PC’s windows operating system and end up with a dreaded permanent visit from the “blue screen of death” !