Christopher Barry on 14 Sep 2016 15:27:55 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] FOSS Alternative to ITunes

On Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:48:56 -0400
Paul Walker <> wrote:

>Yeah, I can and do just use the file browser to play music. I guess the
>features that I use Itunes for are pretty limited - browse by artist,
>browse by album (even this doesn't really work well on itunes), see the
>album art and song names, player controls, build playlists.

vlc does all of this.

>I also use itunes to browse my phone but this is a separate concern -
>I'll probably continue to use it for this.

vlc can do this too.

>I just make sure that my outbound firewall doesn't let itunes send my
>selfies to apple or whatever.
>On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 10:32 AM, George Zipperlen <
>> wrote:  
>> Which aspect of iTunes do you need?  It is one of those unfortunate
>> monoliths with many overlapping not really compatible functions. In a
>> manner quite opposite to the Unix software tools philosophy it has
>> evolved from an mp3 player + file manager for external device (iPod,
>> are they still around?) into bloatware dealing with smart phones,
>> tablets, and the cloud, while also handling Digital Rights Management
>> and an online marketplace.
>> Media player:    VLC Media Player with huge codec library. Open
>> source, multi-platform. Highly recommended.
>> Device browser:    iPodDisk is the only open source tool I could
>> find in a quick search. Haven’t tried it. I’ve played with i-FunBox
>> (free, but not open source). Using it in sandboxed mode resulted in
>> duplicated music tracks.  I haven’t used it with ssh access to the
>> iPhone.
>> The flow that works best for me is to use command line or file
>> browser to manage media files from other sources and players; import
>> them into iTunes, and use iTunes to push to (i)devices.
>> George Zipperlen
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> > On Sep 13, 2016, at 6:35 PM, Paul Walker <>
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> > Anyone know a good FOSS alternative to ITunes. It is honestly one
>> > of my  
>> least favorite pieces of software of all time. Not to mention that
>> it is always trying to call home, which I find tiresome.  
>> >
>> > And not to stoke anyone's paranoia :evil grin: but I also
>> > remember  
>> seeing a wikileaks post of a leaked promotional video from a
>> security firm that featured itunes as the central part of a trojan
>> horse scheme (if anyone has a link to the video please share - I'll
>> dig deeper but a quick google search failed to turn it up)  
>> >
>> > Anyway - recommendations appreciated.  
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