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Top iTunes Alternatives for iPhone iPad iPod touch Content Management

Read this guide right now to grab several top iTunes alternatives at the market so far. Choosing the best one for yourself and making iPhone iPad iPod touch content management much easier.

AnyTrans – Best Alternative to iTunes

AnyTrans is the perfect application to replace iTunes to manage your iPhone iPad iPod touch content, backing up, transferring various iOS data from iDevice to computer, from computer to iDevice, and also between iDevices, etc.

Seeing a lot of dodgy threads about iTunes and SL not getting on well together. I use iTunes for ripping, burning and converting. Could anybody recommend something better?? (OSX) Thanks in advance.

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Truly, iTunes brings lots of convenience to iOS users, for iOS data managing, migration, syncing, backing up, restoring, and more, but it becomes less and less popular, because of its many unfriendly design, feature, and functions.

  • iTunes is time consuming, during syncing, backing up, and restoring.
  • iTunes only supports iOS data transferring from iTunes (or PC/Mac) to iDevice, not including between iDevices, and from iDevice to computer.
  • For iTunes music management, only purchased songs are allowed to sync to iTunes; iTunes songs syncing to iPhone iPad iPod touch would erase the existed one on iDevice.
  • iTunes is with poor operability. Many users cannot operate it intuitively.
  • Many iTunes errors occur during operation, such as can not synchronize, can not back up, iTunes error 14, iTunes Library.itl cannot be read, etc.
  • And more...

So there is no surprise about people looking for another application to replace iTunes. However, there are lots of iTunes alternative applications out there. It is hard to choose the perfect one for every user. So to make it much less troublesome, our team have collected 5 top applications, which can totally replace iTunes, for you, base on common need for iTunes: Backing up, restoring, and music files managing. Keep reading and find the best one for yourself now.

1. Best iTunes Alternatives for iPhone iPad iPod touch Backup2. Best iTunes Alternatives for iPhone iPad iPod touch Restoring3. Best iTunes Alternatives for iPhone iPad iPod touch Music Managing

Part 1. Best iTunes Alternatives for iPhone iPad iPod touch Backup

Backing up iPhone iPad iPod touch is an inevitable and must-do thing, in case of data disappearing unexpectedly. So in this part we will list three best alternatives to iTunes you can choose, making iPhone iPad iPod touch backing up more quickly, and easily.

1. AnyTrans - Selectively and Wholly Backup

We know that iTunes backup usually is a long journey. Besides, iTunes backs up the whole device to computer, but mostly without media files, songs, videos, etc. and you cannot choose the certain data type. While, the biggest problem is under the backup files, you have no option to view them. But now, with AnyTrans, you will never suffer from such pains any more.

How to Use AnyTrans to Extract Your iPhone Backup Data – Step 3

Screenshot of Best iTunes Alternative - AnyTrans

  • It jus takes a few minutes to back up your whole iPhone iPad iPod touch, with AnyTrans.
  • Not just wholly backup, it also enables to choose the exact data types, like contacts, photos, messages, etc. to save them on computer (PC/Mac).
  • AnyTrans provides common formats for data outputting, like .csv and .vcf for contacts, html and pdf for messages, etc. So these backup files are readable and printable.
  • Also supports couple easy ways of iOS data managing, transferring data from iDevice to computer, from computer to iDevice without data erasing, from Android to iDevice, and between iDevices, deleting, ringtone making, and more.

So why not download it now, and follow the steps below to back up your device wholly and selectively, right away?

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Wholly with AnyTrans

Step 1. Run AnyTrans on your PC/Mac > Connect your iDevice to it > Choose Backup Manager tab > Click on “Please click here to backup your content” if you have no backup on computer; While if there is one, or more backups on computer already, it will show them all.

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Wholly with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Wholly with AnyTrans - Step 1

Step 2. After it finishes backing up, you can now open the backup file to view all titles in it.

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Wholly with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Wholly with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans

Step 1. Run AnyTrans on your PC/Mac > Connect your iDevice to it > Choose Content Manager > Scroll down to category page.

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 1

Step 2. Choose the data type you would like to backup to computer. Here we take Contacts as an example. So choose contacts > Select the ones you want to backup > Click on Send to PC (or Mac) button to start.

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 2

Step 3. Before you start backing up, you can set the output formats in settings.

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 3

How to Backup iPhone iPad iPod touch Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 3

2. TunesGo - Selectively and Wholly Backup

TunesGo is a simple iTunes alternative to manage files on your iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It allows you to add music, videos, apps, etc. from a PC to an iPhone without iTunes. Just like AnyTrans, TunesGo also provides with two backup methods: wholly and selectively. But at our test, it will occasionally be stuck on backing up, or much time consuming.

Screenshot of Best iTunes Alternative - TunesGo

Screenshot of Best iTunes Alternative - TunesGo

Pros:

  • Two backing up methods - wholly and selectively.
  • Easy to use.

Cons:

  • Occasionally stuck on backing up process, and time consuming.

3. SynciOS Data Transfer - Selectively

SynciOS Data Transfer offers the common functions that users need to sync music, videos, photos, etc. from a PC to iPhone, iPod, and iPad. During the process of importing songs and videos to device, it will convert the incompatible files to iDevice friendly formats. It allows users to backup media files, like songs, photos, and videos from iPhone, iPad, and iPod to PC. But there is no one-button-backup feature. It will scan your whole device firstly, which costs some time at our test, and then you can choose the data types to backup.

Screenshot of Best iTunes Alternative - SynciOS Data Transfer

Screenshot of Best iTunes Alternative - SynciOS Data Transfer

Pros:

  • Back up data option with selecting.
  • Has syncing capability.
  • Fast media transfer.
  • Gives additional information on connected devices, thus warning you in case of any problems with the device.

Cons:

  • No on-button operation for whole device backup.
  • Need scanning device firstly. Time consuming.
  • Has an issue with managing contacts.

Part 2. Best iTunes Alternative for iPhone iPad iPod touch Restoring

When iPhone iPad iPod touch lose some data accidentally, due to iOS upgrading, jailbreak, mistakenly deleting, etc., you can restore those data from iTunes backup normally.

However, iTunes restoring is a long long way. Besides, technically, the whole process is replacing the whole device with the backup, which means your existed data on iDevice will be erased. You have no way to choose just the lost data to recover.

So, in this part, we recommend you one powerful alternative to iTunes, to get rid of such annoying things. And it is PhoneRescue.

  • PhoneRescue enables you to choose the exact data type in iTunes backup to scan. And its Data Comparison feature will easily find the different data in backup from data on iDevice, which saves a lot of your time.
  • After scanning, you have the option to choose the certain titles you would like to restore.
  • The whole process will not erase any existed data on your iDevice.
  • Also supports recovering from device directly, and from iCloud backup.

So go to download PhoneRescue now, and follow the steps below to get back your lost data from iTunes backup quickly.

How to Restore iPhone iPad iPod touch from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue

Step 1. Run PhoneRescue on your PC/Mac > Choose Recover from iTunes Backups > Click right arrow to continue.

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 1

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 1

Step 2. Choose the iTunes backup, which contains the lost data > Click right arrow > It will pop up a screen for Data Comparison option.

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 2

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 2

Step 3. Here we take Only Scan Backup option as an example. And then another page pops up for choosing what kind of exact data types you would like to scan. Taking Photos as an example > Click on OK button to continue.

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 3

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 3

Tip: If your iTunes backup is encrypted, please input your encryption password to allow PhoneRescue to scan your data. If you forgot it, you can make use of iPhone backup password recovery to get it back.

Step 4. It will start scanning all photos in iTunes backup. After finishing, select the photos you would like to recover > Click on To Device button to download them to your device directly, or To Computer button to save them to computer.

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 4

Restore iPhone iPad iPod from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 4

Part 3. Best iTunes Alternative for iPhone iPad iPod touch Music Managing

Many users rely on iTunes, mainly for music files managing. However, only purchased songs on iPhone iPad iPod are allowed to sync to iTunes; While iTunes songs syncing to iPhone iPad iPod touch would erase the existed one on iDevice. And there is no function to transfer songs between iDevices.

So for better music managing experience, we recommend an alternative to iTunes to help you with it. It is still AnyTrans, which we have mentioned above in backup part.

  • AnyTrans can sync all songs on iDevice to iTunes, PC, and Mac, no matter its purchased, or downloaded form other source.
  • When you sync songs from computer to iPhone iPad iPod touch, it will not erase any existed data on device.
  • Besides, it also supports music transferring between iDevices, and songs deleting.

Give AnyTrans a trial now, and take the following steps to begin with your music managing.

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans

Step 1. Run AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone iPad iPod to it > Scroll down to category page.

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans - Step 1

Step 2. Choose Music under Audio option.

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans - Step 2

Step 3. Now to add music from computer to iOS device, you can click  button. And if you want to delete unwanted music, please click  button. By clicking button, you can transfer music to iTunes. You click  button to transfer songs to computer. You can also transfer music between iOS devices by clicking  button.

Note: For better management of your music, you can change the preview mode by clicking . If AnyTrans doesn’t load your music correctly, please click  button to refresh it.

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans - Step 3

How to Manage Music on iPhone iPad iPod touch with AnyTrans - Step 3

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