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Does anyone know of an alternative to iTunes - software that can add music albums & their album artwork to an iPod without having to use iTunes.
I lost my iTunes & the iTunes library when I updated to Windows 8. Now the only way to add albums to my iPod is to download iTunes & to painfully populate the iTunes library again, one album at a time. iTunes does not allow population of its iTunes library en mass.
All I need is the means to add an album with its artwork to my iPod. I have an extensive music library & to populate the iTunes library again is such a painful and frustrating job.
I'm not sure why you lost your library. iTunes stores music, etc in a folder on your pc which I regularly back up. It should have been possible to copy across to W8.
I'm not sure what you mean by not being able to repopulate the libary en-masse. You can restore the entire library from a back up see Apple support
Thanks MechKB 2 & Ian in Northampton for your useful suggestion. I'll give CopyTrans a try.
Woolwell, I lost my iTunes software & library when I did a clean install of Windows 8. All my music is stored & back up on an external hd in mp3 format. At the time I didn't need iTunes or the library but recently I wanted to add an album to my iPod. I hoped that the iTunes library would reverse sync from my iPod, but of course it won't. That meant re-populating the iTunes library from my ext hd before I could add the new album. iTunes will not transfer all the albums on the ext hd in one action, which is what I meant by "en mass", it will only allow files to be transferred, not folders. Therefore I have to transfer one album full of tracks/files at a time. This takes hours.
Why don't you copy (drag) all of the music from the ext hard drive to the itune folder location as in my link (did you read it?). I don't think that you need to use iTunes to repopulate the folder.
I will try to reply more fully tomorrow, but iTunes should be fine. A daughter lost her laptop drive and we found a simple way of getting all her iTunes off the iPod; There should be no difficulty in importing the back up to the iTunes - just create a folder for the back up - call it a name, copy and paste all the mp3's to it in bulk then in I tunes, music "add folder to the library" and point to the folder concerned.
We found a good free tool to reverse synch but I will add a few caveats tomorrow and provide a link. (some freebies are a bit "buggy")
Having read the Apple support article I notice that it's necessary to hold down the Windows key whilst opening iTunes. An option then comes up which allows a choice of which library you want to open. I assume it's then possible to select the backup library.
Having said that, I really don't like iTunes. For one thing, it seems to place PUPs on the system. Malwarebytes found these and removed them for them only to return again. Taking iTunes off the system got rid of them permanently.
I downloaded CopyTrans but it seemed to be a trial version showing I had 100 more actions to go. Does anyone know anything about "Media Monkey"? It seems to have a good write-up on several websites
I run iTunes and Malwarebytes and so far I have no PUPs. I think that you may need to do some more investigation about them.
I have no problems with iTunes on 2 laptops, 1ipod,1ipad an iPhone and a desktop in our family also with Malawarebytes. Never had a PUP from iTunes.
Ok, that's useful feedback, thanks. I've got no PUPs at present. Could be a coincidence.
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