Best Alternatives to iTunes for iPod iPad iPhone Media Transfer/Download/Play

By Alice Yang to iTunes Tips | Last Updated on Dec 6, 2018

There is no room for doubt that iTunes is a helpful tool for mobile device management, digital video download and media playback. Yet, connected to iOS iPhone iPad, iTunes can't detect iOS device or fails to sync music to iPhone iPad. Other cases happen like can't find sidebar on iTunes, data loss after iTunes updating, etc. When you encounter these annoying "iTunes not working" problems, do you still wanna give it a 5 star high score?

These're the reasons why iTunes is no attractions to you. If so, then it's the high time to shift your attention to the best iTunes alternative - MacX MediaTrans, the top iPod iPad iPhone manager for video music and photos transfer whose features are similar to iTunes, but even better than iTunes (esp. iTunes 12).

World's Best Alternative to iTunes - MacX MediaTrans

MacX MediaTrans, two-way iOS transfer tool - transfers photos from iPhone iPad iPod to computer (iTunes can't do) and syncs videos music between iPhone iPad iPod and computer without file format limits (iTunes supports only 5 formats).

  • Photo
  • Music
  • Video
  • iBook
  • Ringtone
  • Flash Drive

Best Alternatives to iTunes for Media Files Transfer

MacX MediaTrans

iTunes is a one-way file transfer software to transfer files from computer to iOS iPhone iPad. But this top alternative to iTunes is a bidirectional synchronization tool to transfer videos, music, photos from iPhone iPad iPod to Mac and vice versa in any format, but also plays a seamless role in iPhone file manager (manage iPhone music library, delete music, create playlists on iPhone, etc.).

Plus, iTunes only supports you to sync videos music from computer to iPhone iOS 12/11/10 with MP4, H.264, MOV, MP3, M4A only. But there is a totally different story for this iTunes replacement, which lets you transfer videos music from computer to iOS 10 iPhone iPad with any format/resolution, including MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV, AVI, FLV, 3GP, WMV, MP3, etc. in 1080p or 4K UHD. This iPhone transfer tool is armed with a built-in video converting feature to automatically convert videos to iDevice supported formats, so the whole process is accomplished all by itself, no third-party aids.

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iPhone iPad Music Manager
iPad iPhone manager to sync music between iPhone iPad and computer

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iPad iPhone Photo Transfer
Transfer photos from iPhone iPad iPod to MacBook iMac in batch

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iPad iPhone Video Backup
Copy videos from iPhone iPad iPod to Mac in case of video loss

Flash Drive

Mount iPad as Flash Drive
Free mount iPad iPod as flash drive for any files storage


Support All iOS iPhone iPad iPod
Support any iPhone iPad iPod(iPhone XS/XR/X/8, iPad Pro, iPod Touch, etc)

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World's Fastest Speed
Intel QSV hardware acceleration ensures World's No.1 fast transfer speed

Apowersoft Free Online iPhone/iPad Transfer

As the name implies, this iTunes alternative for Mac is a free online transfer tool for iPhone and iPad (iPod excluded) to free export music, video, photos, iBooks, voice memos, podcasts from iPhone iPad to Windows PC or iTunes.

Besides, it also offers you another feature: transfer files from Windows to iPhone iPad and transfer files among iOS devices. With it, you can free sync your local songs, videos from PC to iPhone iPad and also instantly share media files from iPhone to another (old to new). In short, this iOS iPhone transfer goes beyond iTunes' capabilities and gives you far more freedom when it comes to files transfer among devices (iOS to PC; iOS to iOS).

iExplorer 3

Full compatible with latest iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, this stellar alternative to iTunes works the grade in media files transfer for almost all the iPhone iPad iPod. It lets you transfer music, text message, voicemails, contacts, Notes and more from iPhone iPad iPod to Mac or PC. Hence, you're allowed to backup your music library, text message, contacts, etc. on Mac computer without iCloud (5GB for free; 50GB: $0.99/month; 200GB: $2.99/month; 1TB: $9.99/month).

What needs to be improved is that it currently lacks the ability to transfer videos and photos from iPhone iPad iPod to computer Mac/Windows. Actually, hundreds of user have such demand per month according to the searches on Google. So iExplorer 3 is advised to take this function into consideration when updating its version.

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iTools for Mac

How to transfer music, video or photos between iPhone iPad and Mac computer? Try on this iTunes replacement freeware - iTools. As a free yet synchronous assistant for iPhone iPad, it uses forces in its duties to import/export music, photos and videos from Mac computer to iPhone (jailbreak or non-jailbreak).

During the process of dropping MP3 files to ringtones, this top-rated iTunes alternative is able to convert MP3 to M4r automatically on its own. More importanly, the whole procedure is quite smooth, without the annoying crashes or freezing like iTunes. Hence, if you give iTunes 12.5 or iTunes 12.4.3 three scores, how many scores this iTunes replacement can get?

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Detune for Mac

Welcome a new comer joining the iTunes alternatives review! Detune for Mac, not so familiar to most users, is designed to help you better manage files on iPhone iPad and especially iPod. With an iTunes-like interface, this iTunes replacement lets you transfer music from iPod to Mac computer without clear clues, which to some extent, might lead to puzzlement to most Mac novice users.

Beyond this, this well-recieved iTunes substitute also supports music, videos, TV shows transfer between iOS device (esp. iPod) and Mac computer. But please remember it only workable for iTunes non-DRM protected music backup. Considering its price tag of zero, it's definitely worth your attention when you are hand tight.

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Here focuses on iPod music management with iTunes alternative for iPod named YamiPod. This is a free application for you to manage and transfer iPod music under Mac OS X even without installation. As a self-contained iPod manager, it makes it easy access to iPod MP3 AAC music file transfer to Mac computer with any third party involvement.

What you should know also is that this alternative software to iTunes functions smarter than smarter, auto removing duplicated tracks, finding lost music files, auto-download new version, etc. So how could you not give it a place in this iTunes alternatives list?

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Best Alternatives to iTunes for Audio Video Download

MacX Video Converter Pro

One dish can't suit all tastes. Some look for programs like iTunes for media transfer. And there are a group of users in need of iTunes alternatives to download video and audio.

This cutting-edge video converter works seamlessly in online audio video downloading, which overshadows iTunes in terms of up to 300+ video sharing sites support. That means you can free download video audio, playlist, channels from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Soundcloud, etc. (4K VR) to iPhone iPad Android devices with nary a dime rather than iTunes M4V video purchase.

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Freemake is the alternative to iTunes that supports video sharing sites to the utmost. It claims to enable you to download video from YouTube, Veoh, Vimeo, Flickr, etc. up to 1000 sites with MP4, WebM, FLV, 3GP format in fast speed.

Admittedly it's a great choice for you to download free videos instead of purchasing iTunes DRM videos. But it can't compare with MacX Video Converter Pro for mobile device profiles. It needs to supplement the latest iPhone iPad iPod profiles and only in this way, users can directly download videos to iPhone iOS without iTunes.

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Keepvid, one of the things users like best about this iTunes alternative is the fact that it supports users to download video from Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. 28 online video sites for 100% free online without any plug-in.

The only drawback is that it can't directly download video to iPhone iPad iPod iOS devices, for it's not armed with the video conversion feature and mobile device profiles.

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Best Alternatives to iTunes for Music Video Playback


iTunes, no matter what definition the Apple or users give to it, it's a media player at the first place. Thus, every iTunes alternative worth its salt should be able to perform basic tasks like playing videos, playback music, et. 5KPlayer fits the bill in spades.

As a professional media player, this iTunes alternative can play what iTunes can't play. It plays video music in MP4 MKV MOV AVI FLV WMV MP3, AAC, AC3, FLAC, iPhone Ringtone, etc. any mainstream video audio format. Better still, it also supports free downloading video to iPhone iPad iPod friendly MP3 AAC formats. All these are totally FREE!

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VLC Media Player

Compatible with both Mac and Windows, this top alternative to iTunes is powerful to play video music on both popular operating system with whatever video format and resolution. VLC plays SD video like MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, etc. and HD video like MKV, AVCHD, MTS, 1080p, 4K Ultra HD, 3D VR, etc. If finding iTunes not playing music or movies, VLC player is by your side.

What sets this iTunes replacement apart from other players is that it also works seamlessly as a video converter to convert video to iTunes acceptable formats. And it has another feature that few people know-free record iTunes M4V DRM video for further editing or streaming.

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As the best alternative to iTunes, this iPhone iOS manager provides more useful features as an iPhone manager. Specifically, it will manage and transfer photos, pictures, music, mp3, audio, 4K movies, videos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes and vice versa.

MacX MediaTrans - Best iTunes Alternative for iOS Transfer

Free download this 100% safe and clean iTunes alternative to trouble-free transfer music photos video and more from iPhone iPad iOS 10 to computer Mac/Windows and vice versa.

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