There it is – 13 years ago iTunes was released to the public (or more specifically, iTunes music store). At first, it proved to be a viral sensation. Back in the day, iTunes store was named “the coolest invention of 2003” by Time Magazine and a “groundbreaking solution” by Steve Jobs himself. Hardly anyone can rate it this high now.
For a decade of its existence – iTunes grew from being a mere music player & file storing library to a tremendous service with colossal set of features and a bloated interface. Today, apart from being a music player – it's also an online radio broadcaster, media store, media library storage, iOS management app & more. It's now looked at as a place to purchase music, movies, burn CDs, download free podcasts, back up songs onto a CD or DVD, transfer files from desktop to iPhone and back again. And in 2016, iTunes includes Apple Music – a streaming service that's tied to iTunes as well.
Because iTunes has so much stuff bulked inside, it's considered to be very slow, ugly and bloated. And as a result, it substantially exceeds the actual storage of your library.
While Apple still does not take actions to improve this situation and stays silent despite all the criticism – the matter can be resolved with a handful of useful third-party applications, which take away all four major pains you may have with iTunes.
4 Major iTunes Problems and It's Solutions
Pain 1. iTunes is bloated making it hard just to listen to music
Raise your hand if you think that iTunes is a music player. All things considered – it stopped being just a music player a long time ago. With so much emphasis put on iTunes store and other features, music isn't even a priority now. Because it's so overloaded with features, it's hard simply to listen to music.
This is where Swinsian comes to the rescue. This is an advanced music player, besides being much more lightweight than iTunes, it's capable of organizing & customizing even the largest music libraries. Swinsian – is what iTunes would look like if it were developed as a music player in the first place.
Pain 2. Big chunk of media formats aren't supported (and iTunes sync sucks)
With iTunes, you have to convert various music, video and ringtone files just to get them to work properly. It's a headache. And a novice who just acquired an iOS device will not be able to understand what to do right away. Also, iTunes does not support AVI, MKV, FLAC formats. So you will have to find a converter to make it compatible before you put them into your media library for playback and syncing needs.
There's a neat solution for anyone trying to break free from the format barrier and iTunes sync. The name of the app is called WALTR. It's so simple! Install WALTR onto your computer and open the app. Plug in your iPhone or iPad. Close iTunes, and drag your Hi-Def music or video to your iPhone! That's it! Open your music app on your phone to find your music…where it belongs. Same applies for videos and ringtones. The app converts it on-the-fly to Apple compatible formats and saves inside of the default Video/Music.apps.
Pain 3. iTunes won't let you export media from your iPhone
Beyond exporting stuff from your iPhone, iMazing possesses a truly extensive set of features. Not only it transfers files from your iPhone to your iTunes library & computer, but also creates full backups of your device. That is it can “clone” your iPhone entirely transferring all the data including apps and even customized settings to another device.
While transferring your files, it does not require you to sync your whole device with iTunes. Furthermore, you are free to transfer files from and to any computer you want, since iTunes account matching isn`t needed either. With iMazing, you can export your text messages and contacts just as easy.
Pain 4. It's impossible to stream the most popular video formats from your Mac
You can use AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to your Apple TV, only if you have the videos in your library. If you want to go beyond restrictions and stream directly from your Mac you'd better use Beamer. There's also AirPlay Mirroring, but it sucks comparing to what Beamer does.
On the contrary to mirroring, it's available for all the Mac models. More than this, while streaming with Beamer, your TV basically turns into the second display. This means that while streaming you could use your Mac to do a bunch of other things, without showing it all on your TV. Besides, there're no format limits. Beamer will transcode all videos on-the-fly to the acceptable formats.
The utilities enumerated above to let you completely replace and even highly surpass iTunes and its features. Because they are aimed at performing just one function, they do a better job of it than iTunes itself.