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Sync Your iPod With Windows Media Player

Millions (Billions!) of people have iPods, but I know I’m not the only one who can’t stand iTunes. When I had my iPod Shuffle, I hated having to use iTunes, and the second I discovered Winamp’s iTunes plugin, that was the end of my iTunes days (except for firmware updates and testing new iTunes versions). iTunes runs too slow on Windows, a disaster when compared to Winamp or even Windows Media Player, and loaded with features I never use, as well as design decisions that are infuriating.

If you like Windows Media Player (and it remains my favorite media player, with the right balance of advanced features and performance, as well as tweaking and customization), you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a plugin for Windows Media Player that lets it sync to the iPod. You get all the features typical of syncing other MP3 players with WMP, just with a player that actually sells well. The only thing you can’t sync are DRM tracks, but if you’re big into the iTunes Music Store, you probably don’t need this anyway.
(via LifeHacker)

Also, for Zune owners, Gizmodo has a tip for saving battery life on your Zune when you aren’t using it. The idea: instead of hitting the power button to put the device in standby, use a two-button combo to shut it down. Find out how.

December 20th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Applications, Media Player, Apple, Windows Media, Zune | 3 comments
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  1. Itunes is the ONLY reason I use the shuffle from apple. Too slow? maybe if you had a decent pc it would be ok :)

    Comment by steve | 12/21/2006

  2. Yeah. I very much agree with you and i also cant stand itunes. Windows Media Player is definatly a better choice! Is there any way to sync pictures in Ipod without using Itunes?

    Comment by Huma | 12/22/2006

  3. Excellent plugin. Thanks for posting!

    Comment by John Z | 1/2/2007

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