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    Default Is there a replacement for Itunes ?

    I never used it much other than as a backup and sync repository for my IPhone.

    Without thinking this morning, I plugged my IPhone into the USB slot and then it hit me.
    I guess that I could run it under VirtualBox and it just occurred to me, but I am trying to rid myself of any need to use Windows.
    Or the dual boot feature, or maybe my IPad.
    Lol, I went through all the extra steps to set up dual boot and I have never used the Windows side.
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    Default Re: Is there a replacement for Itunes ?

    I never used iTunes, never had any iDevices. But if this is about storing stuff in the cloud, and nothing else, there's loads of options you have, most of them free for first couple of GB, then charged. If that's out of the question, owncloud is a nice solution, on a server on the web, or on a webserver of your own.
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    I'm pretty sure that it will run under Wine. Worth installing Q4wine too as that keeps any windows apps nice and tidy. It also allows the window size of the app to be set up easily and allows the windows directories to be browsed as if they were on windows which can be useful at times.

    Once wine is installed just launch the installer also and files associated with a windows application. Those will be passed straight to the app. It tracks associations as well.

    If any problems ask or search on winehq.

    I run a windows optical design package as there is no decent OS package available.

    Done this way no need to reboot or boot up a virtual machine.

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    Default Re: Is there a replacement for Itunes ?

    My daughter uses Linux and has an ipod. She had no problem when using the KDE app Amarok. I think Rhythmbox, a Gnome app, also works and looks more like itunes.

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    Default Re: Is there a replacement for Itunes ?

    It's been a long time since I last used any apple products, but I used to use AmaroK to populate and synch with an iPod.

    As well as AmaroK and Rhythmbox, as Penguinclaw suggests, you might also try Clementine and Banshee. They all should provide some mechanism to interact with iPhone, iPad and iPod etc I belive.
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    Default Re: Is there a replacement for Itunes ?

    Penguinclaw wrote:

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    > My daughter uses Linux and has an ipod. She had no problem when using
    > the KDE app Amarok. I think Rhythmbox, a Gnome app, also works and looks
    > more like itunes.
    >


    I've got the wife using gtkpod. If a 70 year old music teacher can use it,
    anyone can! The only issue I've run into has been in ripping some of her
    obscure cd's - the freedb database is pretty thin on those specialty discs
    while itunes references the commercial database and does much better.

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    On Thu, 26 Sep 2013 04:38:19 +0000, Will Honea wrote:

    > Penguinclaw wrote:
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    >> My daughter uses Linux and has an ipod. She had no problem when using
    >> the KDE app Amarok. I think Rhythmbox, a Gnome app, also works and
    >> looks more like itunes.
    >>
    >>

    > I've got the wife using gtkpod. If a 70 year old music teacher can use
    > it,
    > anyone can! The only issue I've run into has been in ripping some of
    > her obscure cd's - the freedb database is pretty thin on those specialty
    > discs while itunes references the commercial database and does much
    > better.


    gnupod is what I use here. But if the functionality looked for is "the
    iTunes store", the the OP needs to talk to Apple about that, because
    that's a closed platform.

    Jim



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    Not something that interests me much but I thought that the iTunes music store aspect was in the windows version of iTunes.

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    On Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:46:02 +0000, John 82 wrote:

    > Not something that interests me much but I thought that the iTunes music
    > store aspect was in the windows version of iTunes.


    It is, but iTunes is produced by Apple. They don't have an open API that
    third parties can use to interface with the store - that's what I'm
    saying.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Is there a replacement for Itunes ?

    I am thinking that some cloud version is what I am after.

    What I used ITunes on my Windows PC for was a central repository that kept my music, software, and videos.
    It was more than just to share music.
    I try and keep my IPhone and IPad in sync and I think the cloud option would be a better solution.

    Thanks all for the suggestions and gtkpod is quite a good app.
    I like Amarok, but imho is kinda bloated and slow as all get out. If it did more of what I wanted I would fight it and try and get it to perform better.
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