How to Sync any MP3 player with iTunes (Windows/Mac)

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iTunes is an application that allows the user to manage audio and video on iPod or iPhone running iPhone OS 2.0 or later. But, you can still synchronize your iTunes library with your non-iPod MP3 players, your Playstation Portable and your Walkman phone.

 

1) iTunes Agent

It is an open source tool with which you can synchronize non-iPod MP3 player, your Playstation Portable and your Walkman phone with iTunes. The tool enables you to synchronize your MP3 player with an iTunes playlist with just a few mouse-clicks.

 

iTunes Agent Features:

  • Manage your player’s track list from iTunes
  • Associate your player with Smart Playlists to get a fresh list of tracks every time you synchronize

Prerequisites:

  1. Before starting to use iTunes Agent with your device, the ‘Music folder’ should NOT contain any music files. This will ensure that the device is properly synchronized. Any music files on the device, in the configured ‘Music folder’, will be deleted at first synchronization unless their name match one of the tracks you put in the playlist for the device.
  2. Make sure you have iTunes installed.
  3. Make sure your device (non-iPod MP3 player, Playstation Portable or Walkman phone) is connected to computer.

How to use iTunes Agent:

 

  1. Download and install iTunes agent.
  2. Once installed it will prompt you to configure it. Just say ‘No’, meaning that you don’t have a previous profile you need to transfer.
  3. iTunes will now launch and a pop-up will tell you iTunes Agent is ready to sync your devices.
  4. To add a new device, right click on the iTunes Agent icon in the system tray and choose preferences.
  5. Press New. You will get a warning message that the first time you sync, all the data on the new device will be erased.
  6. Fill out the details; name your device, etc.
  7. Point the folder to the place on the new device where you want the music to go. You can choose particular playlists to associate with this device.
  8. Click save.
  9. To sync, right click on iTunes Agent and select synchronise devices.
  10. Your selected songs will now be synced to the device.

Requirements

iTunes Agent requires .NET framework. Please go to Windows Update to install the latest version of .Net Framework.

Download – [iTunes Agent 1.3.1]

 

 

2) iTunes Sync

iTunes Sync, developed by John Tackabury of Binary Fortress Software will let you synchronize any iTunes playlist with any MP3 player that shows up as a drive letter in Windows. You can configure different MP3 players and synchronize each one with a different iTunes playlist. iTunes Sync works with most MP3 players from Cowon, Creative Labs, Dell, iRiver, JVC, Samsung and Sandisk. View the Tested MP3 Players list.

 

For Windows XP you will need to download the Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 (x86)

Works with Windows XP, Vista (x86/x64), Windows 7 (x86/64), 2000, 2003 and 2008

 

Download – [iTunes Sync v1.5.1]

 

 

3) BadApple

It is a free plug-in for iTunes which allows you to sync your iTunes library to any MP3 player (all non-iPod). After downloading and installing the software, you will have a “Sync to MP3 player” link you can click on from within iTunes. This will sync all tracks to a MP3 player. With BadApple you can sync number of MP3 devices like Rio, iRiver, Samsung, Creative Rio/Nomad, Dell DJ, Oakley Thump, Archos, Cowon Iaudio, etc

 

Any device that mounts as a USB mass storage device should work with BadApple. If the device appears under “My Computer” when plugged into your computer, then it is mounting as a mass storage device.

 

How do I use BadApple?

  1. Download and install BadApple.
  2. After installation, open iTunes software and click on the “Music Store” link in the left side.
  3. You will notice the new features added to the main iTunes window. Click on the “Sync to MP3 player”.
  4. If you have more than one device mounted you will then be asked to select which device to sync to. Select the device in that case.
  5. The spinning progress bar indicates sync is in progress. You will receive a confirmation message indicating how many songs were copied upon completion.

 

Download – [BadApple]

 

4) iTuneMyWalkman

Mac OS X users should use iTuneMyWalkman which is an open source application to synchronize iTunes playlists to your mobile phone or other portable device.

iTuneMyWalkman Features

  • Synchronizes the contents of specific iTunes playlists to your mobile phone.
  • Creates M3U playlists on the device.
  • Detects automatically when the device is connected.
  • Creates directory structure according to artists/albums, playlists, or genres.
  • User can define how much space is left on the memory card.
  • Copied files can be re-encoded on the fly to save space.
  • Play counts can be incremented automatically when songs are transferred.
  • Pictures and videos taken with the phone camera can be automatically moved to a user-specified location on your hard disk or imported to iPhoto during synchronization.

Requirements

  • A mobile phone/other portable device that can be mounted on the Mac OS X desktop, either with a direct cable or with a memory card reader
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or greater (works with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard)
  • iTunes 7 or greater

Download – [iTuneMyWalkman]

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