Thank-you for your clarification and question above. I have compiled
a list of some of the most popular pieces of software for the
management of music on a PC and to an iPod.
vPod - FREE!
"vPod is a program for transferring music to your iPod from Windows.
It presents a unified view of all of your music and lets you see what
is and what is not already on your iPod. I think that it's a much more
intuitive interface for managing what is available on your iPod than
the existing solutions. vPod is free software. It is licensed under
the Free BSD license so that as many people as possible can benefit
XPlay - $29.95
"With XPlay there is no bulky interface, no fluff, nothing to get in
the way of you and your music. XPlay's powerful drag-and-drop ability
makes transferring music to and from the iPod quick and simple. There
is no easier way to manage music on your iPod. Moving your songs to
the iPod is as easy as copy a file to a disk. No music manager, no
middle man. "
EphPod - FREE!
"EphPod is a full-featured, easy-to-use Windows application that
connects with Apple's iPod. With a FireWire card and EphPod on a PC,
it takes under 30 minutes to transfer 1,000 songs to an iPod. In
addition, EphPod supports standard WinAmp (.M3U) playlists, includes
powerful playlist creation features, and will synchronize an entire
music collection with one click. It imports Microsoft Outlook
contacts, in addition to allowing users to create and edit their own
contacts. EphPod can also download the latest news, weather, e-books,
and movie listings to an iPod."
WinAmp and mlipod - FREE!
"The winamp ipod plugin (aka ml_ipod) is a plugin for winamp. It
allows you to manage your iPod from within the winamp media library.
It supports all kinds of iPods, from the classic first generation
iPods, to the iPod mini, photo, nano and shuffle and everything in
Media Monkey - $29.95
"Synchronize with Portable Audio Devices in seconds. Simply configure
MediaMonkey once, and then click the Synchronize button to synchronize
tracks and playlists with a broad range of portable devices including
the iPod. With Volume Leveling, the tracks will even play back on your
device at consistent volumes!"
Anapod Explorer - $29.95
"Anapod Explorer, our flagship iPod product, is composed of Anapod
Explorer itself, Anapod CopyGear, and Anapod PhotoSync. Anapod is the
most advanced Windows iPod software available, offering iPod
management through full Windows Explorer integration under My
Computer, easy drag and drop iPod transfer and iPod backup, PDA
function support, photo and video transfer, web page interface access
to your iPod through a built-in web server, powerful search and
reporting capabilities using a built-in SQL database, and much more,
all in one compact package. A great backup tool or iTunes
Further software can be found at the following locations:
If you were to ask me for my favourite solutions I would have to say
it is either vPod (as it is so small and simple to use), XPlay (for
it's simple interface and because it is built into Windows), and
mlipod (as it provides me with a complete solution - both a player and
If you require any further assistance on this subject please do not
hesitate to ask for clarification.
Request for Answer Clarification by
22 Dec 2005 05:24 PST
After doing more research, here's what I think I know:
- Windows Media Player works with the MP3 file format standard.
- iTunes uses a non-industry standard format for it's iPod.
- If I convert all my MP3 files to iTunes, I can sync the iPod and my
PC and listen to the songs on my Windows PC using iTunes.
- But this file conversion (to iTunes) will not allow me to create MP3
music CDs I can listen to on my MP3 player at work or in my car.
Are these assumptions more or less correct? If so, I'm back to
maintaining two music libraries as I do want the flexibility of:
1) being able to listen to my music files on my home PC
2) being able to create music CDs I can listen to on an MP3 player
3) download song's to my wife's iPod for her enjoyment.
The question then becomes which of the third party applications
(WinAmp, XPlay, vPod, etc.) will give me the freedom to do both. At
this point, I'm willing to purchase a software program to resolve this