Alternatives to iTunes for all platforms with any license

  • foobar2000 icon


    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Windows Phone

  • Clementine icon


    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and the GStreamer multimedia framework, focusing on a fast...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Amazing playback and sync capabilites. Especially great for streaming or handling big music libraries.
      Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Winamp icon


    Winamp is a media player for Windows and OS X developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL, who sold to Radionomy in January 2014. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android

  • AIMP icon


    Freeware Winamp-like media player, based on BASS audio library with support for large number of formats and playlists. It works with multiple playlists immediately (tabbed window), allows creation of bookmarks and also has a playback...

    Free Windows Android

  • Google Play Music icon

    Google Play Music

    Google Play Music, a service available for people who have a Google account, lets people upload their personal music collection and access it instantly on the web or any compatible device. Upload your personal music collection to...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Android Wear

  • MusicBee icon


    Manage your music as a library, as playlists or as folders on the file-system. Organize, browse and find music on your computer, on portable devices and on the web. Small or large collections are handled with ease. Have folders...

    Free Personal Windows

    • lighter, smother, easy to use interface, friendly program with high quality.
      Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • The best non-open source app for Windows that plays music. Great at organizing music collections and even suggests local gigs based on bands you have stored in your library. But I would go for an open source alternative, and MusicBee doesn't help me have the same library on non-Windows machines.
      JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • MediaMonkey icon


    MediaMonkey is a music player and a music library manager with support for 50,000+ files and many features for organizing, tagging, converting and burning your music. It also has advanced podcasting and syncing features. MediaMonkey...

    Freemium Windows Android Windows RT

  • Rhythmbox icon


    Rhythmbox is an audio player for Linux that plays and organizes digital music. Inspired by Apple's iTunes, it is free software that is designed to work well under the...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Amarok icon


    Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before - and it looks good doing it! Features - Scripts ...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • Audacious icon


    Audacious is an advanced audio player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK+, runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs. Its advanced audio playback...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • Banshee icon


    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with radio. Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
  • Tomahawk icon


    Tomahawk gives you to access to all of your favorite music in one powerful media player. Seamlessly jump from playing a song off your local machine, to one streaming from your other machines, to a recommendation from Spotify, to a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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    Windows Media Player

    The media player provided pre-installed with all modern Windows versions (7 and higher): Windows Media Player 12 plays more music and video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library! Organize your...

    Free Windows

  • DeaDBeeF icon


    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has...

    Open Source Linux Android BSD Xfce

  • Vox Music Player icon

    Vox Music Player

    All-in-one music player with SoundCloud, Youtube, LAST.FM and the unlimited cloud storage integration for Mac and iPhone.

    Freemium Mac iPhone Apple Watch

  • Quod Libet icon

    Quod Libet

    A extensible Music player with Podcast support, web radio, playlists and many more. As it is written in Python, writing new plug-ins is really easy.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Debian Xfce

  • XMPlay icon


    A tiny and portable audio player. With a size of about 280 KiB it plays OGG, MP3, audio CDs, WMA and several less used formats like XM, IT, MOD, UMX and others. Furthermore it supports a wide range of plugins, skins and...

    Free Windows

  • gPodder icon


    gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you. Listen directly on your computer or on your mobile devices. Available for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Mac OS X and mobile devices like the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android S60 BSD Blackberry 10 PlayBook Xfce

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  • Nightingale icon


    Nightingale is a free and powerfull music player for Linux, Windows and Mac based on the Songbird media player source code. A beautiful interface with a wide range of supported audio formats, all with multi-platform support! ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • gmusicbrowser icon


    An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ Vorbis / FLAC / mpc/ape files, written in perl. Its made with big (> 10,000 songs) libraries in mind. Features include: plugin system, customizable weighted random mode...

    Open Source Linux

  • Harmony Music Player icon

    Harmony Music Player

    Music player with sleek interface & cloud compatibility. Features: • Play tracks from SoundCloud, Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer, Hype Machine or your local tracks • All your playlists within the same app • Sound menu...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 1by1 icon


    1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks - with no need for playlists or databases. Features ...

    Free Windows Linux Android

  • aTunes icon


    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems. A skinnable java alternative to iTunes (similar...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued last update: 22. June 2014
  • jetAudio icon


    JetAudio is integrated, multimedia software made of a single compact rack. Not only does it play various music and video files, it also has features such as CD burning, recording, and conversion to other file formats. You can create...

    Freemium Windows Android

  • Exaile icon


    Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, submission support, and...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • CopyTrans icon


    CopyTrans transfers iPhone and iPod music, other audio files and videos to PC and iTunes in just one click including playlists, ratings, artwork and play-counts. The Smart backup feature ensures all the needed tracks and playlists get...

    Commercial Windows

    • Allows transfer of music files from any folder on your PC to iPod etc and does not modify any files on your PC. Also, is more reliable than iTunes
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • RealPlayer icon


    RealPlayer with RealTimes (aka “RealPlayer” for short) still includes the legacy features, such as Video Player, Downloader, Converter, Organizer and Web Videos. It also includes RealTimes features, such as Photos and RealTimes...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

  • Bitlove icon


    Bitlove is the fully automatic Podcast download service on P2P speed. We generate a Torrent for all media files of an RSS feed and will seed them all the time.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Swinsian icon


    Swinsian is a simple music player dedicated to managing music, without the complexity of ebooks, apps, online stores, T.V. shows and movies, with support for formats such as FLAC and Ogg Vorbis, and a simpler interface that fits in...

    Commercial Mac

  • Quintessential Media Player icon

    Quintessential Media Player

    Quintessential Media Player is a feature rich media player for Microsoft Windows. It supports all popular audio formats including MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and CDs. QMP is highly skinnable and has a robust plug-in architecture.

    Free Windows

  • Amazon Music icon

    Amazon Music

    Amazon Music is an online music store and music locker operated by Amazon . Prime members enjoy unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs, expert-programmed Prime Playlists, and ad-free...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

    • A music manager, but a poor one at that. Frequently freezes or crashes. Can only manage 40K songs. Only good if you use Amazon Music services.
      Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Winyl icon


    Winyl is a free digital audio player and music library application for organizing and playing audio on Windows. Winyl offers great new ways to organize and enjoy all your music. Listen to music and radio, rate your favorite tracks...

    Free Windows

  • Freemake Music Box icon

    Freemake Music Box

    Freemake Music Box is a new music app that gives you free access to millions of songs online. Regardless of your location, you can search, play and organize online music free and easily. The powerful search tool will bring you a...

    Free Windows iPhone

  • My Cloud Player icon

    My Cloud Player

    A new online audio player powered by SoundCloud , playlist creator, search engine and much more. Scrobbling to No installation required. Just bookmark it! Search through all the music on SoundCloud, create...

    Free Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet

  • Noise icon


    The official elementary OS music player. Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries. It handles external devices, CDs, and album art. Noise utilizes Granite for a consistent and slick UI. ...

    Open Source Linux

iTunes Comments

Terrible 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by soheilkd
about iTunes Aug 2016

So terrible, I have iPhone but i don't use it since i bought it and restored it and then uninstalled it. I install apps from appstore, I prefer to buy/download musics by third party apps instead of iTunes. iTunes is really slow, User Interface is not too bad. But syncing and copying files are really slow. I purchased a file manager and i import music to my iPhone without cable or iTunes. So easier than importing to library, Syncing then preventing to connect to other PCs because of music loss.


like it

Comment by cassiedonell01
about iTunes Jul 2016

i have had iphone for such a long time and i like using the itunes to put my music, manage my apps and everything


not a fan 1 Helpful

Comment by rondapuck1206
about iTunes May 2016

i don't like it anymore, i think they should change the way it manage my content on the phone.


hate it 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by alexstocksdale07
about iTunes Apr 2016

i don't think is usefull, i mean i'm attached to it in order to have music on my apple stuff, it's time to move on to something easier.


iTunes alternative that supports multiple genre tagging?

Negative Comment by enigmatic87
about iTunes Dec 2015

I'm ready to ditch iTunes for a lighter, simpler music player - Ecoute, Vox, Tomahawk & Clementine all look good to me - but the one feature I REALLY want in my music player, aside from smart playlists, is the ability to tag songs with multiple genres.

Can anyone recommend a player - one of the ones I mentioned, or another one entirely - that has this feature? So sick of agonising over assigning genres and losing hours of my life! Thanks!


Is it any way to listen and convert midi files with iTunes?

Comment by AbJake
about iTunes Feb 2015

Maybe its a silly question, however there is a mess in other forums about that. I didn't find the way to add midi melodies ti iTunes or to convert them somehow to listen. It looks like iTunes just doesn't recognize files?


Back to 2000s

Negative Comment by Yanpas
about iTunes Jan 2015
  1. iPhone is still tied to computer. It is sad. Result of Apple services monopoly - is minor number of custom players in iTunes store. You are to listen via standart Music App. You are to buy Music in apple's store or to syncronize with computer
  2. Well, to all the above it is glitchy and sluggish

A grand media player (though broken for Windows)

Positive Comment by velociraptor
about iTunes and Daum PotPlayer Nov 2013

I am a huge fan of all Apple products and software (they're just so meticulously designed, beautiful and purposeful). iTunes is a fantastic app for both managing media and enjoying it. The built-in Store is just a huge bonus.

Two problems with iTunes:
1. Application opening performance in Windows- Opening iTunes in Windows is a big deal! Once you do, don't close it, just minimize it.
2. Lack of codec support- If you have multimedia files in different formats and codecs, iTunes is just not the media player for you, especially with all the free open source media players hitting the web.

But those things aside, it is a stellar app, which makes even more sense on Mac OS X. I could try recommending other players, but they're nowhere near easy to use and beautifully designed. Though I would like to recommend Pot Player -- A player that reads even more formats than VLC (that's right), gets frequent updates, mind-bogglingly feature packed and amazingly customizable. It too has problems though - no library management and a horrible user interface.


Okay if it works for you

Negative Comment by impossible
about iTunes and Clementine, Winamp, CopyTrans Aug 2013

It doesnt do it for me, I dont see myself getting another iPod so I guess im done with iTunes and all the times since I first used it, it has given me problems. It is indeed slow, not sure about how slow it may be on Macs. Its heavy and just always gets in my way.


Hate itunes

Negative Comment by maxguy2099
about iTunes Jun 2012

One of the reasons I hate apple products, itunes software. :/



Negative Comment by Mighty_Mac
about iTunes May 2012

It is a nice program, nice GUI, and layout. But it is just another way for apple to have control over everyone, you will do everything their way, how they want. And being most of us use Ipods, we don't even have a choice. Think about it.


Great stuff!

Comment by Mary
about iTunes and CopyTrans Manager Jul 2011

Thx to this page, I finally found a great alternative to iTunes that runs on my netbook without slowing down everything! Started to sync my iPod and iPhone only with this tool and will soon (waiting for iOS 5) :) uninstall iTunes from my Desktop. Thanks again! Oh, what I'm talking about? -> Small CopyTrans Manager iconCopyTrans Manager


Crap. I usually try to remain objective in my reviews, but ...

Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about iTunes Jun 2011

I usually try to remain objective in my reviews, but seriously... this is bad.

It is not hard to deduce that I use foobar2000, but I would honestly recommend Windows Media Player (I will get to the OS X version in a bit) over this.
It is expensive, buggy, slow, restrictive... the only reason to use this is if you have an iPod... Oh wait! Amarok and Winamp have native iPod support and foobar2000 has support via "iPod Manager for foobar2000" And just in case you don't like any of those, just go here:

Albeit, I can say from my (limited) experience that the program does run smoother on Mac OS X, but it still either can't register or sometimes even deletes metadata (Artist, album, cover art, etc.). The store is still more expensive than Amazon mp3, the files you obtain still have a DRM code (which limits conversion, use, etc.) and if you put music on an iPod using iTunes, you cannot transfer the music from the iPod to another computer... or even the SAME COMPUTER after reinstalling the operating system.

Also if you are older than 13, they can sell your personal information...

So please, don't use it. Seriously.


I'm been upgrading everything to ALAC and wondered if there ...

Comment by chuckkahn
about iTunes Jun 2011

I'm been upgrading everything to ALAC and wondered if there's a quick way to select all old mp3s for deletion because a superior ALAC version exists.