Comparison of iPod managers

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Different Managers

This article is about alternative software applications (besides iTunes) to manage iPods. Although according to Apple, iTunes is supposed to be the primary manager of all iPods and iPhones, other software has been created that can be used to sync or update iPods and iPhones with different media, often to work around restrictions in iTunes - for example, if a user transfers music to an iPod using iTunes, they cannot transfer the music from the iPod to another computer (or even the same computer after reinstalling the operating system).

General

Manager Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Free? Software license Windows Mac OS X Linux Homepage
Amarok Mark Kretschmann 2003-06-23 Template:Latest stable release/Amarok Yes GPL Experimental Experimental (leopard) Yes [1]
Anapod Explorer Red Chair Software ? 9.0.6 (2007-08-05) No Proprietary Yes No No [2]
Banshee Aaron Bockover 2005-08 Template:Latest stable release/Banshee Yes MIT No Experimental Yes [3]
CopyTrans Manager WindSolutions 2007-06-05 0.879 (2010-01-29)[1] Yes Proprietary Yes No No [4]
CopyTrans WindSolutions ? 4.042 (2010-01-29)[2] No Proprietary Yes No No [5]
EphPod Joseph Masters 2001-12 ? Yes Proprietary Yes No No [6]
Floola Tomas Camin ? 5.3.1 Yes Proprietary Yes Yes Yes [7]
foo_dop (for foobar2000) ? 2006-05-30 0.6.6.4 Yes ? Yes No No [8]
gnupod Adrian Ulrich 2002-09-29 0.99.7 Yes GPL No Yes Yes [9]
gtkpod Jorg Schuler ? 0.99.12 Yes GPL No No Yes [10]
iMPware ? 2008-01-01 1.13 Yes Proprietary Yes No No [11]
iPod/iPhone Transfer Cucusoft 2008-01-01 5.4.0 (2009) No Proprietary Yes No No [12]
iPod Access Findley Designs ? 4.2.6 No Proprietary Yes Yes No [13]
iPodRip The Little App Factory 2003-09 1.2.5 No Proprietary Yes Yes No [14]
iPodRobot iPodRobot.com 2009-03-10 4.3.0 No Proprietary Yes No No [15]
iTunes Apple Inc. 2001-01-08 9.0 (70) Yes Proprietary Yes Yes No [16]
Media Center J. River 2003-07 Template:Latest stable release/Media Center No Proprietary Yes No No ?
MediaChest Dmitriy Rogatkin 2004-07-03 1.7.1 Yes BSD Yes Yes Yes [17]
Mediamonkey Ventis Media Inc. 2003-08-25 Template:Latest stable release/MediaMonkey Yes (Standard) Proprietary Yes No No ?
MediaWidget Bootstrap Development, LLC 2007-02-15 5.0[3] No Proprietary Yes No No [18]
ml iPod (for Winamp) ? 2004-03-31 3.08 Yes ? Yes No No [19]
piTunes Pavel Petrenko & LebedzTek 2009-01-06 1.000 Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Pod to Mac myPod Apps 2009-03 1.0 beta 3 No Proprietary No Yes No [20]
Pod to PC myPod Apps 2008-08 2.51 No Proprietary Yes No No [21]
Rhythmbox Colin Walters 2004-04 Template:Latest stable release/Rhythmbox Yes GPL No No Yes [22]
Senuti FadingRed ? 0.50.5 No ? No Yes No ?
SharePod Jeff Harris ? 3.8.9 Yes ? Yes No No [23]
TouchCopy TouchCopy.com 2007-09-06 9.34 No Proprietary Yes Yes No [24]
TuneAid DigiDNA 2008-10-17 3.07 No Proprietary Yes Yes No [25]
Winamp native Nullsoft 1997-06 Template:Latest stable release/Winamp Yes (Bundle and full. Not lite) Proprietary Yes No No [26]
XPlay Mediafour 2002-06-24 3.1.4 No Proprietary Yes No No [27]
Yamipod Tomas Camin ? 1.7 Yes ? Yes Yes Yes [28]
Manager Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Free? Software license Windows Mac OS X Linux Homepage

Transfer features

Manager Copy Music Copy Videos Copy Smart Playlists Copy Album Artwork Extract DRM-Free Music Extract DRM-Free Videos Extract Playcounts Extract Playlists Copy Content to iPod
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Anapod Explorer Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes
Banshee Yes ? No Yes Yes No No ? ?
CopyTrans Manager Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes
CopyTrans Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
EphPod Yes ? Yes No Yes No ? ? ?
Floola Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
foo_dop (for foobar2000) Yes Partial6 Yes Yes via foo_fileops Partial6 via foo_playcount) ? ?
gnupod Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
gtkpod Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iMPware Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
iPod/iPhone Transfer Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes
iPod Access Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes No
iPodRip Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
iPodRobot Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes No
iTunes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Media Center Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
MediaChest Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mediamonkey Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
MediaWidget Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ml iPod (for Winamp) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
piTunes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pod to PC Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pod to Mac Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhythmbox Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Senuti Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ? ?
SharePod Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? Yes
TouchCopy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
TuneAid Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes ?
Winamp native Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
XPlay Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yamipod Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ? Yes
Manager Copy Music Copy Videos Copy Smart Playlists Copy Album Artwork Extract DRM-Free Music Extract DRM-Free Videos Extract Playcounts Extract Playlists Copy Content to iPod

Miscellaneous features

Manager Download Podcasts Rebuild iPod Database Portable 6th Gen. Firmware iPod touch / iPhone support Photo support Supports Gapless Metadata
Amarok Yes ? ? Yes No ? ?
Anapod Explorer ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Banshee Yes Yes ? No No ? ?
CopyTrans Manager ? ? Yes Yes Yes via CopyTrans Photo Yes
CopyTrans No ? Yes Yes Yes via CopyTrans Photo Yes
EphPod No Yes ? ? No ? ?
Floola Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
foo_dop (for foobar2000) via foo_podcatcher ? Yes Yes Yes *limited No Yes
gnupod Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
gtkpod No ? ? Yes2 ? ? Yes
iMPware No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPod/iPhone Transfer ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPod Access Yes ? ? ? Yes via iPod Access Photo ?
iPodRip Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? ?
iPodRobot No No ? Yes Yes Yes ?
iTunes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Media Center Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaChest Yes Yes Yes ? ? No Yes
Mediamonkey Yes Yes No ? Yes No ?
MediaWidget Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
ml iPod (for Winamp) Yes Yes ? Yes3 Partial (2.x firmware read only) Yes ?
piTunes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pod to Mac ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? No
Pod to PC ? ? Yes Yes Yes Requires Pod Photo Transfer No
Rhythmbox Yes ? ? ? ? No No
Senuti No ? ? ? Yes ? ?
SharePod ? ? Yes Yes Yes ? ?
TouchCopy Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TuneAid No No No Yes Yes No No
Winamp native Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
XPlay No Yes No ? ? Yes ?
Yamipod ? ? Yes ? No ? ?
Manager Download Podcasts Rebuild iPod Database Portable 6th Gen. Firmware iPod touch / iPhone support Photo support Supports Gapless Metadata

Note 2: gtkpod developers have found a workaround [29].

Note 3: As of Version 3.02 [30].

Compatibility

Manager iPod touch / iPhone Firmware up to 1.1.4 iPod touch / iPhone FW 2.x iPod touch / iPhone FW 3.0 iPod touch / iPhone FW 3.1
Amarok No No No No
Anapod Explorer No No No No
Banshee No No No No
CopyTrans Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes
CopyTrans Yes Yes Yes Yes
EphPod No No No No
Floola No No No No
foo_dop (for foobar2000) Yes Yes Yes Yes
gnupod Yes No No No
gtkpod Yes Yes No
iMPware Yes No ? ?
iPod/iPhone Transfer Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPod Access Yes ? No No
iPodRip Yes Yes No No
iPodRobot Yes Yes No No
iTunes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Media Center ? ? ? ?
MediaChest ? ? ? ?
Mediamonkey Yes Yes No No
MediaWidget Yes Yes Read only Yes Read only Yes Read only
ml iPod (for Winamp) Yes Yes No No
piTunes ? ? ? ?
Pod to Mac Yes Yes No No
Pod to PC Yes Yes No No
Rhythmbox ? ? ? ?
Senuti Yes Yes No No
SharePod Yes Yes Yes Yes
TouchCopy Yes Yes Yes Yes
TuneAid Yes Yes No No
Winamp native No No No No
XPlay Yes Yes Read only Yes Read only Yes Read only
Yamipod No No No No
Manager iPod touch / iPhone Firmware up to 1.1.4 iPod touch / iPhone FW 2.x iPod touch / iPhone FW 3.0 iPod touch / iPhone FW 3.1

See also


References

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