Apple’s iTunes alternatives for Mac 12.12.3 defined how an entire generation listened to music. From collecting your favorite tracks to making playlists and uploading music to your MP3 player, iTunes comes with several useful features. However, Apple has started phasing iTunes out of its products with MacOS Catalina and is replacing iTunes with dedicated media apps for music, TV, and podcasts to reflect modern content consumption trends.
If you don’t like using iTunes or the other media apps offered by Apple, there are alternatives to consider. We’ve tested different apps and music players you can use on Mac as an alternative to iTunes or to the new media apps that come with recent Apple devices.
Apart from being a noted media library, iTunes is an efficient iPhone and iPad manager. You can use this software to back up, restore and even take control of your media.
However, several third-party tools can give Apple’s media library a long run and even surpass it on several fronts. And this is what has convinced me to review top iTunes alternatives for Mac and Windows.
VOX MP3 and FLAC Music Player
The Vox MP3 and FLAC Music Player app is our “Best Overall” alternative to iTunes because the basic, free version of the app offers up a sleek interface, an ability to play a wide variety of audio formats (MP3, FLAC, M4A, APE, WAV, etc.), and features Hi-Res audio (with 192kHz sound resolution). In addition, the Vox player allows users to play music from a variety of sources, and not just from your old iTunes library. In fact, the Vox player supports audio from the following sources as well:scrobbling, SoundCloud, YouTube, and even online radio (for Vox Premium subscribers).
Speaking of the Vox Premium player service, users can access a host of premium Vox player features if they sign up for either a monthly or annual subscription. These features include support for SONOS wireless speakers systems, access to over 30,000 radio stations, advanced audio settings, and unlimited music cloud storage. The subscription rate is currently $5 per month or $50 per year.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player is a totally free to download and use open-source multimedia player. And while it’s known for having a less-than-pretty, utilitarian interface for its Windows version, that’s actually not the case for the Mac version of this player. On Apple’s systems VLC Media Player sports a minimalist design, and it fits in just fine with Apple’s aesthetic — none of the sad gray menus of its Windows counterpart.
It’s also easy to use, and supports a laundry list of video and audio formats. For those concerned about privacy and security, the developers behind VLC Media Player also maintain that their media players don’t contain spyware, ads, or engage in user tracking.
While Fidelia does offer a free-to-try option, it is still primarily an audio player app that you have to purchase to download and use. But it might be worth the $30. Touted as an app for “sophisticated music lovers,” Fidelia offers a highly-customizable music player experience. The app includes features such as high-definition audio, a distinctive interface that resembles “stereo systems of decades past,” support for 64-bit Audio Unit plug-ins, and AirPlay support for external speakers. Fidelia users can also download a separate iOS app that turns their iOS device into a remote control for the Fidelia Mac app. This iOS app, however, is sold separately and costs $10 to download.
It’s also worth noting that while it’s described as being able to play a wide variety of audio formats (including FLAC), the Fidelia app “does not support DRM-protected AAC files.”
You have two options with Elmedia Player: either opt for the free version or pay for premium access. Either way, this Mac media player app is a reliable iTunes replacement with a host of capabilities. It can do so much more than just play audio and video files. The free version of the Elmedia Player app supports a wide range of audio and video formats, including FLV, MP3, FLAC, Blu-ray, and AVI. The free version also allows you to stream your files to other devices such as Apple TV, Chromecast, Smart TVs. It also works with other devices that are DLNA and AirPlay-enabled. Another attractive streaming option included with Elmedia Player is its Open Online Video feature. The feature lets you stream online videos from sites like YouTube and Dailymotion — without ads.
The paid version of the Elmedia Player app is available through the Mac App Store. Frankly, it’s unclear to us what the difference is between the two versions. Many of the paid version’s listed features are also in the unpaid version’s description. Since the paid version costs $10, we can’t reason shelling out the cash before trying the free version. It may be best to test out the free option before handing over your money.
The free music player Musique app is an awesome choice for anyone who’s looking for a fast and simple way to listen to music. The interface is easy to navigate with a clean design that lets you browse through your music by several categories: genre, folder, artist photos, or even album cover. Musique is available to use in 20+ languages and is supported on MacOS Catalina’s Dark Mode andscrobbling.
When you’re running a Mac, Apple assumes you’ll want to use their proprietary iTunes app. But if you prefer to head off the beaten path, these alternatives are worth a try. In fact, you might just find an improved listening experience along with more features on some of these other apps.
WinX MediaTrans is a fully featured iTunes alternative. With this software at your disposal, managing media will no longer be a hassle. It boasts rapid file transfer speed and claims to send to up to 100 4K images in just 8 seconds. Based on your specific requirements, you can personalize your music library to keep everything in the right sync.
The software automatically converts your videos so that you have a smooth-sailing video watching experience. Better yet, it allows you to cut down the video file size up to 50% without any loss of quality.
DearMob iPhone Manager
Find it a bit inconvenient to deal with your iOS device? DearMob can offer you the needed flair to manage your iPhone effortlessly. The software makes it quite straightforward to back up and restore the iPhone. To offer an extra layer of safeguard to your data, it allows you to encrypt your backup as well.
DearMob lets you reduce the file size of the large video up to 50%. By automatically converting multiple unsupported formats like OGG, FLAC, WMA, WAV, and MP3/AAC, it keeps your playback smooth.
When you talk about the finest iTunes alternatives, you can’t overlook “dr.fone Transfer.” What I have personally liked in this software is the versatility and the ability to offer a more streamlined solution for managing files.
You can use this tool to take control of your music, videos, apps, and more with ease. It lets you comfortably transfer media from computer to your iPhone or vice-versa.
With the support for more than 30 file formats, it ensures you never run out of options. Moreover, you can keep all of your media fully organized and in sync with your specific demand.
One notable feature of this software is the ability to let you use your Android device with iTunes. Lastly, it works with both macOS and Windows.
Price: $49.95 Personal & $69.93 Family License
SynciOS is pretty simple yet exceptionally functional software. It’s up to the mark for syncing photos, videos and music from computer to the iOS device or the vice-versa.
The one feature that has caught my eyes in this tool is the skill to convert the incompatible files into the supported formats automatically. Therefore, they get transferred from one device to another with ease. As for transfer speed, it’s undoubtedly one of the fastest.
Besides, you can use it to also backup your media files for additional security. It supports both Windows PC and macOS. Even better, it lets you manage your Android phones as well.
SynciOS is available for free. However, you need to upgrade to the premium ($39.95) version, if you want to use all the features without any limitation.
If you want to have an advanced media-managing tool, MediaMonkey can be worth serious consideration. You can use this tool to record CDs with aplomb. It’s also a handy tool for quickly downloading music, movies, and podcasts.
It’s smart enough to find out the missing track information and fill them automatically. So, it can save plenty of time.
You can manage your media and keep it fully organized. It lets you convert MP3s, M4A, OGG, FLAC, WMA, MP4, AVI, and WMV to support most devices. Furthermore, MediaMonkey is designed to work with both Mac and Windows.
Price: 4 License $24.95 & Lifetime $49.95
No longer want to spend hours finding out the tracks that need to be fixed? Wondershare TunesGo can be an ideal answer for your requirement.
TunesGo scans through your entire library to discover the songs that require correction. Once you have found the defective ones, you can quickly repair the missing things like tags and cover.
The support for more than 30 file formats makes this iTunes alternative one of the most viable options. Better yet, it auto converts an incompatible music file into a format supported by your device to keep incompatibility issue at bay.
Price: $39.95 Annual Subscription
iMobie’s “AnyTrans” strives to provide an all-in-one solution. And it has succeeded in its effort to a great extent.
The compatibility with many file formats makes data management a breeze. Its media manager is pretty smart and allows you to organize your files depending on what works best for you.
To let you keep your entire data safeguarded, AnyTrans lets you quickly back up your iPhone. It also makes restoring the device a painless experience.
What’s more, you can use this handy tool to move your data seamlessly between iPhone and Android phone. Lastly, AnyTrans is compatible with both macOS and Windows.
I have found “iMyFone TunesMate” more intuitive. The highlight of this software is the capability to manage a wide range of media file types. So, whether you want to perfectly deal with your videos or take control of your ringtones, this software can live up to your expectation admirably.
The things that I don’t want to see in my library are duplicates as they clutter the entire collection. I tried out this tool to merge my multiple iTunes libraries, and it worked well in removing all the duplicates.
That aside, you can also share your unique library with your friends and loved ones. (Compatible with both macOS and Windows)
Price: $39.95 (1 PC lifetime license)
So much about media management? If you want to have an advanced tool to fix several iPhone issues, you shouldn’t look beyond ReiBoot.
This software is known to troubleshoot up to 50 iOS stuck issues. So, whether your iPhone doesn’t turn on, seems to have got stuck at boot screen, it can help you resolve the hurdle with ease.
That’s pretty much it!
What’s your favorite?
Now that you have taken a close look at the top bets; let us know which one has impressed you the most. Besides, do tell us about the software that’s worthy of including in the above lineup.
There are many ways these third-party tools can enhance your experience. For instance, they can help you quickly track down the defective songs and help you repair them. Due mainly to the support for many file formats, they offer you the essential convenience to handle your media without any roadblocks. Want an assistant to troubleshoot some common iOS issues? There is also a tool that can get your work done reliably.