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Best iTunes Alternative to Transfer & Manage iOS 10 iPhone without iTunes

Let's admit it, we use iTunes not because we love it, but it's the main method available for Apple users to transfer files, play music and manage iPhone, iPad and iPod. In fact, the experience using iTunes is not always pleasant, many users are complaining about iTunes restoring problems after iOS 10 update, confusing iTunes, iTunes down issues etc. It's time to figure out the best iTunes alternatives.

Here we pick the top 10 alternatives to iTunes. Since iTunes features the ability of iPhone management, media player, we select the best programs like iTunes that can substitute iTunes in each function to help you play media, download music and manage iPhone iPad iPod without iTunes.

1Part 1: Top 6 Best iTunes Alternatives to Transfer and Manage iPhone iPad

1. MacX MediaTrans- Fastest Alternative to iTunes

MacX MeidaTrans is a professional file transfer & manager tool designed to transfer photos, videos, music etc between iPhone 6S/6/SE, iPad, iPod and Mac (macOS Sierra)/PC (Windows 10) without using iTunes. The "drag-and-drop" design makes it the simplest, fastest and best alternative to iTunes for iOS devices backup and restore in lossless quality. It not only serves as an iTunes replacement for iPhone transfer, it also works as an iTunes substitute music manager for iOS.

How to manage iPhone without iTunes
  • Convert divx Mac to any format, or convert videos to divx codec video format on Mac.
  • Transfer and manage music on iPhone, iPad and iPod, including delete songs, edit music information, create playlists, add new songs, backup music files to computer etc.
  • Transfer photos from iDevices to Mac/PC in batches in a flash. For example, 100 pictures in 4k resolution will be transferred in 8s only.
  • Backup iPhone file to Mac, as well as iPad iPod music clips, videos, movies to Mac/PC and automatically make any video formats, sizes and resolutions perfect when restore video files to iOS devices with built-in converter.
  • Mount iPhone iPad iPod as flash drive to transfer pdf, word, excel, apps, documents etc on mobiles.
  • This best iTunes alternative manager supports iOS 10, iOS 9/8/ 7 and the prior versions, Mac OS 10.7 and above (macOS Sierra incl.), and Windows 10/8/7.
Top alternative programs to iTunes

2. SynciOS- Free iTunes Replacement Transfer App

SynciOS is a free alternative to iTunes for iPhone iPad iPod file management without iTunes. As a full-featured iPhone manager, it can do almost everything that you can with iTunes. Specifically, it transfers (both ways) media, backs up device content, syncs data, including music, videos, contacts, wallpapers, ringtones, books and many more. SynciOS also converts your files to standard iOS formats. It excels other programs like iTunes for that it's totally free for Windows.

Platform: Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP
Availability: Free ($39.95 for Pro version)

Alternative iTunes for iPhone iPod

3. CopyTrans Manager- Simple Alternative to iTunes

CopyTrans Manager is another free iTunes alternative to manage iPhone, iPad and iPod without iTunes. It will easily transfer music from iPhone to Mac, and move videos, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks and ringtones to from PC to iPhone, iPad or iPod via drag and drop. It also functions like a replacement for iTunes to manage music, allowing users to create and edit iPod playlists, edit song ratings, track title, album, artist info and lyrics. However, it can't backup iPhone iPad or iPod contents to computer as it works one way only. Besides, it lacks the ability to transfer photos. Overall, it's still a simple and free iTunes replacement to add contents.

Platform: Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP
Availability: Free

Free iTunes alternative iPhone iPad

4. PhoneTrans- Best iTunes Alternative for Music

PhoneTrans works as the ideal free iPhone substitute music transfer app to import, export and manage iPhone, iPad, iPod music without iTunes sync. It also can transfer photos from iphone to mac, back up and transfer all iPhone contents, including apps, movies, ringtones, podcast, audiobook and more to computer. PhoneTrans has straightforward and intuitive interface, making it a simple free alternative to iTunes.

Only to note that besides music transfer, other contents can be transferred to Mac or PC only and you cannot go the other way around.

Platform: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (64bit & 32bit), Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8
Availability: Free

Backup manage iPhone without iTunes

5. Sharepod- Simple Programs Like iTunes

Sharepod makes music transfer on iOS devices much easier. It's a simple music transfer app like iTunes to copy songs, videos, podcasts etc from iOS 9- iPhone 6S, iPad or iPod to Mac, PC or iTunes in fast speed. It also allows users to manage iPhone, iPad, iPod music without iTunes with simple options like creating, sharing and copying playlists. It excels other top iTunes alternatives for that it can recover music and playlists in one click.

It lacks many key features of a capable iTunes replacement iPhone file manager like two-way contents transfer, backup photos, contacts etc. But according to many users, it's a very easy-to-use iDevice to computer transfer app.

Platform: Windows/Mac
Availability: $20

Best free iTunes alternatives iPhone iPad

6. iFunbox- Free Alternative to iTunes

iFunbox is a free iTunes substitute file and app management tool for iPhone iPad and iPod. It makes it easier to manage videos, music, photos and ringtone on iOS devices. It enable users to import files in batches by drag and drop. iFunbox also works as best iPhone backup software, allowing you to backup iPhone videos, photos, movies and music in the camera roll to computer. Besides, you can also use it to mount iPhone as hard disk drive. Compared with many other free programs like iTunes, it offers total control on app and file management.

Platform: Windows/Mac
Availability: free

2Part 2: Top 4 Best iTunes Alternatives to Play and Download Music & Movies

Top alternative programs to iTunes

1. MacX Video Converter Pro- Best iTunes Download Alternative

MacX Video Converter Pro could be the best software similar to iTunes to free download any music and movies from 300+ online sites like YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Vevo, Metacafe, Myspace and many more. This best iTunes replacement software supports free downloading videos with different resolutions and video formats including 4K Ultra HD, VR 360, 1080P, 720P, MP4, 3GP, etc for iOS devices. Users are allowed to free download music, videos, movies without iTunes.

Free alternative to iTunes iPhone iPad

2. MediaMonkey- Best iTunes Substitute Music Player

MediaMonkey is an useful iOS iPhone transfer, which can manage iPhone iPad music without iTunes. It is a full featured music manager for iPhone iPad iPod, which integrates a CD ripper, podcast manager and music downloader to allow total control of your music library. To be specific, it will manager up to 100,000+ music and video files, record CDE and download music, movies, and podcasts, play MP3 and music, create playlists, sync iPhone iPad etc.

Best replacement for iTunes play music

3. Apple Music- Top iTunes Alternative Music Streaming Service

Like iTunes, Apple Music is also a division of Apple, Inc. It is a subscription-based online music streaming service available to download on your PC, Mac, and iOS device. Of course, users also are allowed to download songs for offline playback and the downloaded songs are accessible in their subscription period. What is worth mentioning that you can find more than 20 million songs in this iTunes alternative. In addition to web-based interface, Apple Music app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Best alternative programs to iTunes

4. Spotify- Best Programs Like iTunes

Spotify is another popular and attractive alternative to iTunes. After you paid $9.99 per month for premium subscriptions, you can enjoy ad-free and high quality music videos. Music download for offline listening is also allowed, but you can't take downloaded Spotify songs outside of the Spotify client for playback in other programs as you wish. That is to say, you can't put the downloaded music videos into iTunes for playback without limits.

3Part 3: Best iTunes Alternatives for Movie Playback/Download

When it comes to free watch movie on iPhone/iPod/iPad, I bet most of you are not willing to purchase from iTunes because its charge is always high. Then you begin to look for some free movie apps which allow you to free stream dozens of movies once the network is available. Comparatively speaking, Suchlike iTunes alternatives are hard to find on the App store. Here, we list several Free Movie Apps for iPhone 6/6s for your consideration.


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It is true that these replacements for iTunes will offer many free classics for viewers. But, unfortunately, lots of adverts will degrade the user experience and there aren't the latest songs or blockbusters. Frustrated again? Have you considered obtaining original resource from your Mac computer?

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