So you just got your new iPod. Now what? You've got to start putting music on it, of course! iTunes is the main program for adding music and other content to your iPod, but there are a few other programs you can use, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. You can try them all out and pick the best one for your needs.
iTunes is the most popular program for managing iPod music, because it's the one Apple provides. It works on Mac and Windows, and can access the full range of functionality of the iPod. It also has a variety of features for playing music on your computer. Most people should try using iTunes first.
If, like an increasing number of people worldwide, you use Linux as your desktop operating system, you may have difficulty running iTunes. Luckily, there's an open source music player called Amarok that's available for Linux and supports loading music onto your iPod. All you have to do is plug your iPod in while Amarok is running and it will detect the device and let you load music onto it.
Floola is an open source iPod management program for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If you have to use all three operating systems frequently, you might want to use Floola so that you don't have to switch between different syncing apps. Unlike iTunes, Floola also lets you download music from your iPod to your PC, in addition to the other way around. This can be a great way to restore your music collection if your computer's harddrive crashes.
YamiPod is the simplest iPod manager around. It doesn't even need to be installed, so you can just copy it to your iPod and use it from there. It doesn't have as many features as the other iPod managers, but its simplicity makes it very quick and easy to use.
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