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Sync any mp3 player with iTunes

If you want to use iTunes Apple wants to make you believe that you need an iPod or iPhone. That's not the complete truth and there are numerous ways to use iTunes with other mp3 players and even mobile phones or handhelds like the PSP. Before I explain the how I would like to talk about the why; Why would someone want to use iTunes for his mp3 player. The argument that comes to my mind is the iTunes store. Another one would be that you switched from an iPod to another mp3 player and want to continue using iTunes.

The software that connects mp3 players, mobile phones and handhelds to iTunes is called iTunes Agent. Three devices are already configured in iTunes Agent. A Generic Player, Sony Ericsson Walkman Phone and the Sony PSP. New devices can be added with ease to the configuration and are recognized by defining a specific folder of that device in the configuration. For the Sony PSP that folder would be PSP for instance.

Might sound complicated but it is not. Just look at the folder structure of your device and use the information you discover. Other values that have to be added are the path of the music folder on the device, the synchronize pattern and the association with a playlist.

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The devices can then be synchronized using the system tray. A right-click on the iTunes Agent icon opens a menu that offers synchronization.

Update: iTunes Agent has been renamed to Not Pod. The program is available on a new web page which you can access here. It is still free to download and use, and has last been updated in mid 2012 according to the website. You can download an executable or the source from the website.

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Comments

  1. Sally said on November 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm
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    What is the iTunes “Agent” icon?

  2. Kafun said on July 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm
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    Thank you for the info, It was of great help.

    I took me like 10 min to synchronize

  3. Lily said on November 27, 2009 at 4:06 am
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    i couldnt find the agent eather.
    i looked it up on my computer and it just led me back to itunes and i looked at all the controls but didnt find it, could you help me out?

  4. Kari said on December 11, 2009 at 11:03 am
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    Lily,

    You need to download the 3rd party app from sourceforge.

    http://ita.sourceforge.net/download.html

    Create a profile for your device and sync away.

  5. Karly said on November 15, 2010 at 3:48 am
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    I went through with everything, but it won’t let me select my device in My Computer. The OK button just goes grey, and you can’t complete it. This sucks.

  6. Joan said on January 13, 2011 at 12:56 am
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    I had a successful download, and my MP3 device is connected and recognized. I dragged the music from my itunes list to my device, synchrinized..successfully…but when I look for the songs on my device, they are not there. The songs are in the correct folder.

    Help!!..what am I doing wrong…I have been working on this all day

  7. kate said on March 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm
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    You basically have to be an engineer to understand these instructions. Most computer literate people, still don’t know what a profile is and there are absolutely no details on how to do this. Need to say, go to this menu, press this button, etc. Most people are not computer geeks that just want to play music on their MP3s.

    1. Sally said on November 8, 2011 at 2:38 am
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      My thoughts exactly!!

  8. Patricia said on October 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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    I finally found software, called MP3 Jammer, that converts the Apple files to mp3 format and stores dirtectly on my mp3 player. I purchased a Waterproof MP3 Player from a company called ActionTunes (there’s a demo of the software on their website), and it works amazingly! I purchased the ActionTunes Waterproof MP3 Player, and the software is packaged with it, but I don’t know if they sell just the software online though

  9. Raphael said on December 9, 2012 at 3:52 am
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    It works! I downloaded it [NotPod] from CNET http://download.cnet.com/Notpod/3000-2140_4-10793356.html. Just follow the instructions. If a 15-year-old can make it work, I’m sure you can, too! Thanks for this post Martin! :)

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