iTunes is the default music player that is used to sync and put music on iPhone and iPod Touch. However, iTunes work only on Macs and Windows, which leaves Linux users at a disadvantage. Furthermore, there is a vast amount of Windows users who use a different media player (like Winamp) to manage their music library and don’t want to move their whole library to iTunes just because they bought an iPod Touch or iPhone.
In this article, we will learn how to put music on iPod without iTunes and how to put music on iPhone without iTunes. You will probably be surprised to know that there is actually more than one way to put music on iPhone.
Note: When I refer to “iPhone” in this article, it includes the iPod Touch too.
Put Music on iPhone and iPod without iTunes
1. Cloud Services
There are some popular and free cloud services that allow you to store your songs and play them on your iPhone, on or offline. One of the most famous ones is the Google Play Music, which allows you to store up to 20,000 songs for free. All you need is the normal Google Play membership and you will be able to upload your songs, play them on your iPhone and buy new songs from the Google Play Store. Google Play Music is a great way to listen to your songs from wherever you are, regardless of the computer or device you are using.
2. iTunes Alternative
If you don’t want to use any such big services, there are some programs you can use instead of iTunes to transfer music to and from your computer from and to your iPhone. CopyTrans Manager is a great free program for Windows users, which can completely replace iTunes and get rid of some of its most common problems. CopyTrans Manager allows on-the-go edits, and dragging and dropping new songs to your library. It also allows users to transfer their iTunes library, so you won’t have to lose any music you have already got on iTunes. Currently, CopyTrans works only on Windows XP, Vista and 7, but will most likely work on Windows 8 too.
3. Free Apps
If you don’t want to use your computer at all, there are some apps that you can use to manage your music directly from your iPhone. iBolt Downloader & Player is one such app that offers to download songs directly from the internet and store them on your iPhone. It also lets you create and manage playlists. Once you have installed the app, you can use the internal browser to open a site that offers free downloads and you can start downloading songs to your iPhone. You can also remove unwanted redirects and ads by buying the pro version for $0.99.
Of course, one of the simplest and most convenient methods of adding music to your iPhone is through a streaming music player like Spotify and Pandora. All you need to do is sign up for any of these free services and you can start listening to new music immediately. There may be intermittent ads, but you can remove them with a monthly subscription or a paid app upgrade.