Here's a decent bit of free software that works along with your iTunes; specifically, it can transfer playlists from your iTunes to your mp3 player/memory card/etc., and it even sets up .m3u playlists on the targeted device.
It works like a charm on girlfriend's Macbook. Personally, I'm a windows/linux guy, but my girlfriend was in the market for a cute laptop with a webcam attached, so I bought her the bottom of the line Macbook...it's the only semi-affordable laptop with a webcam that seems of substantial build quality to me.
She was hesitant to get a Mac, because she'd have to re-buy MS Office, she wasn't sure if she could play "The Sims," and she didn't want to have to get another mp3 player. I thought that her concerns were a bit shallow, but that's partially because I'm a nerd. I assured her that there's a Mac version of "The Sims," vowed that I'd get her a copy of MS office, and promised that her mp3 player (Samsung YP-F1 1GB) could work with a Mac.
Spent all day looking for Mac music software that was compatible with non-ipod MP3 players. I found some stuff, but nothing that I found acceptable, least not anything that kept your music as well organized as iTunes. I came across a bit of Windows-only software, "iTunes agent," that allows one to sync his or her non-ipod with iTunes. But this did me no good, being that I need software with similar functionality, but on the Mac platform.
I looked for about 3 hours, and came across this. The functionality of this software, Synctunes, is not 100% seamless; it is a bit "extra" so to speak. But given the circumstances, and with a tweeking of it's settings, I consider it a modestly elegant solution.
One "limitation" of this software is that it only sync's with one playlist at a time. So to sync your entire library--mind you I'm not entirely proficient at iTunes, I mainly use VLCPlayer or Windows Media Player to listen to music, so there may be a way to copy the entire library in one swoop--you have to sync it one playlist at a time. I suspect that this is by design on the part of the software programmer/team.
Initially I saw this lack of a total Library sync as a great limitation. But with the use of iTunes "Smart Playlist" functionality, I made a playlist that would choose albums at random, up to 990mb worth (the amount of music her 1gb mp3 player can hold). I feel that this play list satisfactorily mimics the way iTunes handles music collections which have outgrown their iPod.
It takes a few minutes to get the settings just right, but once you do, it's an effective, and considering the circumstances, ellegant, way to keep your non-ipod mp3 player synced with your iTunes library on the Mac platform.
I haven't tried the windows only "iTunes agent," but here's the link
Hopefully this helps ya'll. Overall Synctunes gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from me; very good option for intermediate to advanced computer users or entry level users whom may have an intermediate+ computer user to choose the initial options.
After initial set-up...it's just syncing...sweet.
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