Comparison of iPod managers

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This article is about alternative software applications (besides iTunes) to manage iPod contents. This includes the transferring of music, photos, and videos between an iPod and a computer.

iTunes is the official manager of all iPods, but other software has been created that can be used to update iPods with different content, 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 re-installing the operating system).

General[edit]

Manager Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Downloadable without paying? Software license Windows Mac OS X Linux
Amarok Mark Kretschmann 2003-06-23 2.8 (August 16, 2013; 7 months ago (2013-08-16)) [±] Yes GPL Experimental Experimental (leopard) Yes
Banshee Aaron Bockover 2005-08 2.6.2 (February 18, 2014; 57 days ago (2014-02-18)[1]) [±] Yes MIT Experimental Experimental Yes
Clementine David Sansome, John Maguire February 2010 1.2.2 (March 8, 2014; 39 days ago (2014-03-08)) [±] Yes GPL v3 Yes Yes Yes
gtkpod Jorg Schuler ? 2.1.3 (Jan 6, 2013) Yes GPL No No Yes
iRip The Little App Factory 2003-09 2.1 (Mac) (May 6, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-05-06)[2]) [±]

1.0.1.25 (Windows) (8 April 2010; 4 years ago (2010-04-08)[3]) [±]

No Proprietary Yes Yes No
iTunes Apple Inc. 2001-01-08 11.1.5 (February 27, 2014; 48 days ago (2014-02-27)) [±][4] Yes Proprietary Yes Yes No
JRiver Media Center J. River 2003-07 19.0.124 (March 27, 2014; 20 days ago (2014-03-27)) [±] Yes (trial) Proprietary Yes No No
MediaMonkey Ventis Media Inc. 2003-08-25 4.1.0.1692 (February 5, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-02-05)) [±] Yes (Standard) Proprietary Yes No No
Rhythmbox Colin Walters 2004-04 3.0.1 (October 13, 2013; 5 months ago (2013-10-13)) [±] Yes GPL No No Yes
Senuti FadingRed 2006-04-26 1.1.7 (Oct 6, 2009)[5] Yes (limited trial) Proprietary No Yes No
MediaChest D Rogatkin 1999-10-10 2.1 Yes BSD Yes Yes Yes
Winamp native Nullsoft 1997-06 5.666.3516 (December 12, 2013; 4 months ago (2013-12-12)) [±] Yes (Bundle & Full) Proprietary Yes No No
XPlay Mediafour 2002-06-24 3.5.0 (Dec 30, 2009)[6] No Proprietary Yes No No
Amazing iPhone Transfer Amazing-Share Studio 2013-12-28 3.2.18 (Jan 18, 2014) No Proprietary Yes No No
Manager Creator(s) First public release date Latest stable version Downloadable without paying? Software license Windows Mac OS X Linux

Media organization and transfer features[edit]

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 ? ? No
Banshee Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? No
Clementine Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
DiskAid Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
EphPod Yes ? Yes No Yes No ? ? ?
gtkpod Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iRip Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
iTunes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
JRiver Media Center Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
MediaMonkey Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Rhythmbox Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Senuti Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Winamp native Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
XPlay Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amazing iPhone Transfer Yes Yes Yes Yes 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

iPod syncing and maintenance features[edit]

Manager Download Podcasts Rebuild iPod Database Portable 6th Gen. Firmware 5th Gen. nano Firmware shuffle3G Firmware iPod touch / iPhone support Photo support Supports Gapless Metadata
Amarok Yes Yes ? Yes ? No Yes4 ? ?
Banshee Yes Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Clementine Yes No ? No No ? Yes ? ?
DiskAid Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EphPod No Yes ? ? No No No No No
gtkpod No ? ? Yes2 Yes4 Yes4 Yes, jailbroken only ? Yes
iRip Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iTunes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JRiver Media Center Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Rhythmbox Yes ? ? ? Yes No Yes4 No No
Senuti No ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
Winamp native Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XPlay No Yes No ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Amazing iPhone Transfer Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manager Download Podcasts Rebuild iPod Database Portable 6th Gen. Firmware 5th Gen. nano Firmware shuffle3G Firmware iPod touch / iPhone support Photo support Supports Gapless Metadata

Note 2: gtkpod developers have found a workaround [1].

Note 3: As of Version 3.02 [2].

Note 4: Support arrived with libgpod >= 0.7.90 due to the use of libimobiledevice.

iPhone & iPod Touch compatibility[edit]

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 iPod touch / iPhone FW 4.0.2 iPod touch / iPhone FW 5.0.x
Amarok Yes No Yes Yes Yes, Read-only Yes, Read-only
Banshee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, Read-only Yes, Read-only
Clementine Yes, limited Yes, limited Yes, limited Yes, limited No No
DiskAid Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EphPod No No No No No No
gtkpod Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
iRip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, Read-only
iTunes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JRiver Media Center No No No No No No
MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhythmbox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Senuti Yes Yes No No No ?
Winamp native No No No No No No
XPlay Yes Yes, Read only Yes, Read only Yes, Read only Yes, Read only Yes, Read only
Amazing iPhone Transfer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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 iPod touch / iPhone FW 4.0.2 iPod touch / iPhone FW 5.0.x

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 10, 2012". http://banshee.fm. October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "iRip for Mac". www.macupdate.com. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  3. ^ Ben Trengrove; The Little App Factory Pty. Ltd. (2010-04-08). "iRip Windows v1.0.1.25". iRip. forums.thelittleappfactory.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ Gurman, Mark (2014-02-27). "Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5 w/ compatibility improvements & crash fix". 9to5mac. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Senuti Compatibility for Updates to Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPod". FadingRed. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  6. ^ "XPlay 3.5.0 update is now available". MediaFour. Retrieved 2010-03-27.