I do not know why some users swear on iTunes and prefer to use it as their main software to manage and play their music collection. The biggest drawback in my opinion is that iTunes was designed to only work with iPods and not other mp3 players from different manufacturers. I personally think that it does not really make sense to install iTunes if you do not own an iPod but apparently some users are doing it.
And one of them decided to write a program called iTunes Sync that syncs the playlists in iTunes with third party mp3 players from different manufacturers such as Creative Labs, iRiver and Sandisk. Not all players are working yet but the author is trying hard to implement support for them in future versions.
The software requires only three steps to sync your mp3 player with iTunes. They are:
Update: iTunes Sync has been updated, you can check out the latest release version here. The program ships in three interface languages, namely English, German and Spanish.
Update 2: Note that the program has not been updated since 2009. While that is usually a good indicator that a program may not run that well anymore, especially since it depends on another program that is updated regularly, it is not the case for iTunes Sync which appears to be working just fine. Note that the program is fully compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
If you want, you can try an alternative such as Nod Pod which can also sync iTunes music with third party mp3 players.
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