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iTunes Substitutes

Apple has necessitated the use of iTunes to add or modify the files on an iPod for reasons known only to them. Simply enabling the disk use functionality and adding songs as you would on an USB will not work. This is because the iPod only plays songs stored in its iTunesDB, a database for songs stored on the iPod. This is where iTunes becomes essential, it allows for songs to be added to the iTunesDB. The reason why Apple has chosen this method has never been officially expressed but tech gurus vaguely state speed and efficiency.

Many iPod users feel iTunes is way too bloated with unnecessary software and are in the search for other alternatives. For all such users here is an exploration on what else is on the offer as alternatives.

Media Monkey:

Developed by Ventis Media, MediaMonkey is offered in two versions, the Free version and the Gold version. The free version should suffice for the average user. The Gold version offers enhancements in Disk Burning, MP3 encoding and Folder Monitoring. MediaMonkey supports all versions of iPod Apple has ever sold till the very latest iPod Touch(3G). It also features a functionality for managing your podcast subscription. One of the fun features MediaMonkey incorporates is the Party Mode. In this mode song requests can be made without altering your playlist. There is also the Auto-DJ feature which automatically selects tracks once your playlist runs out. Fetching of ID3 tags for your huge collection of songs has never been simpler. MediaMonkey does all the hard work while it lets you lean back and enjoy the music. One drawback of MediaMonkey is that it requires iTunes to be installed on your system as it utilizes the same drivers. If you are looking for a player which plays almost anything and is also customizable with a fun interface, MediaMonkey is just the one for you.

Amarok2:

Amarok2 is a KDE based music player available for the Linux platform. It is widely touted to be as one of the best audio players available. It scores in the area of interface, where Amarok2 offers an interface to die for. Though for the latest versions of iPhone and iPod Touch to work they must be jailbroken.

SongBird:

Songbird is a very interesting, cross platform audio player on offer. It works fine on Linux, Windows and also on Mac. It is based on the same core architecture as Mozilla Firefox, the XULRunner framework. Thus it is not only an audio player but also an integrated browser. The browser and player features are well integrated to provide a rich experience. Just like as Firefox, SongBird too supports skins and plug-ins.

SongBird supports iPod once you install an extra plug-in. It seamlessly syncs all your music files and videos too. It can also sync your hard disk collection to your iPod. SongBird is a feature rich player with a strong developer base. The only drawback though is the fact that it almost uses as much resources as iTunes.

Winamp:

How can we ever forget the trusted media player which has become the standard for any Window- based system. It supports iPod functionality once the m1_ipod plug-in is installed. Music transfer is pretty much hassle free. Resource usage though is pretty heavy by Winamp. There is way too much bloatware included.

Read before you leap!!!

Anyone who has used a computer must have installed some kind of software or signed up for an online service. This may seem a pretty simple and breezy procedure many people don’t realise what they are signing up for when they go through all the steps involved. You may vaguely remember clicking on the Agree button without reading anything stated above it. Well people that is EULA.

EULA or End User License Agreement is mostly ignored but highly important piece of documentation for any software or online service. This seemingly innocuous document is main legalese of any software. By clicking on the Agree button you could as well be signing up for regular viruses from a software company or give up your life savings to a person from another continent. An EULA is a binding legal document on the part of the user of the software and is the basis for settling any dispute. Many EULA have clauses that bind and prevent you from utilising the software the way you want to. For example, the EULA of Windows 7 beta had placed restrictions on benchmarking the software in its EULA. Bloggers then came out with visual graphs and pie charts instead of actual numbers to compare it with Vista and XP. There are also other EULA which prohibit posting of critical or derogatory remarks about any software.

EULA may also contain details about how the user’s details can be collected and used. This may or may not include personally identifiable data which is sent back to the developers. Facebook too had irked many with its EULA or Terms of Service. The original statement of Facebook’s Terms of Service stated something like this: “You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any user content you post on Facebook”. Simply stated it means Facebook could as well morph your photos and post them or publish them in your local newspaper a couple of years after you have closed your account. This virtually gave Facebook unlimited rights over any personal information you upload on its servers. After a nasty fight Facebook finally altered its Terms of Service to less provoking ones.

In other cases EULA may also state how much control a company may exert over its products after their sale. Take the case of Kindle, an e-book reader. When Amazon had got involved in some copyright issues over George Orwell’s 1984, it retracted copies of the book from all its Kindles without user knowledge. Many people had no clue that that company had included such functionality in its device. Thus Amazon had the final say on what books a user could keep on the device.

On the other hand many EULA also try to escape from the possible losses that could be incurred by the use of problematic or badly coded software. There have been cases where such EULA has been challenged.

All that the user needs to ensure safety from a legal tangle is a little alertness and patience. A thorough reading of the fine print will tell what you are signing up for so be careful and do not take the EULA lightly.

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