Apple's iTunes software is used by the majority of iPod users to manage their music library and synchronize songs with the mobile music player.
Those who use a different software to manage their music are left with options to add the music to iTunes to synchronize it with the iPod or to use a third party syncing software like Froddle Pod or Yamipod.
A major problem for iPod owners who use a different software program to manage their music and iTunes to sync it to the iPod is that they have to add the music to two programs instead of just one.
They naturally add the music to their primary music management software but also to iTunes since they need to use it to sync the music to the device.
The portable software SynciTunes has been developed for this exact situation. It allows the iPod owner to select a music folder for synchronization with iTunes.
Options like including subfolders or preventing volume changes in iTunes are selectable in the program interface to customize the synchronization.
SynciTunes will automatically remove songs from the iTunes library that do not exist anymore. It will also update iTunes tags automatically if songs have been updated outside of iTunes.
Do you own an iPod? What's your preferred way of adding songs to the device?
Update: The last SYNCiTunes update dates back to 2010 which is an indicator that the project seems to have been abandoned by its author. That does not mean that the software is no longer working though, only that it is likely that it will eventually in the future.
Note that Apple has added folder monitoring to iTunes 10. It is limited to monitoring one folder which may not be enough for some users, while others may find it sufficient enough to work with.
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