Ditch iTunes: manage multimedia on the iPhone your way

Here are five iTunes alternatives for converting and managing music and videos on iOS devices.

By Daniel Ionescu, PC World |  Software, Apple, IOS

CopyTrans also allows you to copy music and videos from your iPhone to your desktop directly (bypassing iTunes), for purposes such as backing up content. What about apps? Well, CopyTrans permits you to see a list of all of the apps installed on your device and to install apps from your iTunes library, without iTunes. You can find your apps in the Mobile Applications folder (.ipa files) under iTunes Music, and then drag them over the CopyTrans window to initiate the transfer.

A free version of a program called DiskAid 5 allows you to accomplish many similar tasks. This program treats your iPhone or iPad as a big portable hard drive, allowing you to transfer music, video, photos, contacts, notes, call history, text messages, voicemail, and voice memos to and from your desktop.

The core functions of DiskAid are free, but you'll have to shell out $20 for advanced features such as the ability to transfer text messages, voicemail, contacts, and notes.

This program will appeal to anyone who has tried to move music from an old iPhone to a PC and then back onto a new iPhone. Gone are the Apple restrictions that limit you to being able to transfer only purchased music.

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